by , 08/22/07

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While the concept of dry-cleaning isn’t foreign, a waterless (and detergentless!) home washing machine sure sounds too good to be true for the green-minded consumer. Enter Airwash, the “waterless washing machine for the home of 2020,” one of the winners of the recent INDEX Awards: Design To Improve Life Competition. Innovative in both form and function, the design was submitted by two students from Singapore, Gabriel Tan & Wendy Chua, after it won the prestigious ElectroLux Design Lab Award back in 2005. Using negative ions, compressed air and deodorants to clean clothes, the gracefully shaped and eco-friendly appliances will have your whites whiter and colors brighter in a matter of minutes.

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Airwash’s form was inspired by the waterfall, which may seem ironic giving the lack of water the machine requires. Airwash can be used for cleaning garments of all kinds, even delicates fabrics, making conventional dry cleaning obsolete. The result is a beautifully designed and very green appliances that takes a forward-thinking and sustainable approach to a mundane daily task.

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  1. grace joshua March 26, 2012 at 7:58 am

    i have a washing machine that is air wash (deodorization & sterilization) i tried it once with my husband suit it was clean but i spray the deodorizarion on the suit.befor i airwash it came out clean

  2. laundry_man November 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    It’s interesting that these days hardly anyone ever asks if something works or not. It is a very interesting concept, but most of these neat-sounding ideas seem to get grabbed by giant corporations and they don’t every do anything with them.

  3. nathan_cop March 29, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I want to know the price of the waterless washing machine

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  5. Moom August 27, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Yeah, I remember this the first time around. And now two years on, and I’m still not seeing any independent verification that the thing works – or anyone wanting to bring it to market. I’ll hold off buying one until I see the Which? report, thanks. Right now, all this is is a couple of students resubmitting a competition entry to a different competition, and winning. Well, good for them.

  6. jim August 26, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    and how about all that ozone that the ionizer will be producing? Possibly the least green product idea I’ve seen in a long time.

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  8. clara August 24, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    No washing machine (well, at least for now) is able to handle stubborn stains which will still require some pre-soaking or pre-treatment.

  9. Christopher P. August 23, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    How does it get out organic stains ( peanut butter, coffee, ketchup, tea, bicycle chain oil, sweat, blood, tears)? And it appears to be capable of only one garment at a time… efficient is that?

  10. David August 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    does this mean that you have to wash the clothes individually?

  11. Androo August 23, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I wonder if it works on ketchup stains.

    Sounds great, but I’m always a bit wary of abstract concepts like these. I wonder what the energy consumption is like.

  12. Ben N August 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

    So it will freshen clothes up, but it won’t get that tahini stain out of my tie…we’ll probably see this in hotels before homes.

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