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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

by , 03/17/14

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In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That’s why Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You created the GiraDora – a combination washer and spin-dryer that is powered by a foot pedal.  At only $40, this ingenious contraption is an inexpensive way to help break the cycle of poverty in many disadvantaged communities.

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Designed specifically for those with the least income living in the poorest nations, the GiraDora hopes to ease the burden of washing clothes – a chore that can take nearly 6 hours a day, 3-5 days a week.  The portable plastic tub can be filled with soap and water before a lid is placed on top, acting as a seat.  Then, all the user needs to do is rest on the washer, and pump the spring-loaded foot pedal.

This ergonomic design alleviates back pain and chronic wrist strain from scrubbing and wringing clothes and leaves the hands free for other tasks.  Loads of clothing can also be washed at one time instead of having to scrub individual articles, which uses less water and overall effort.  In addition to avoiding health problems associated with physical stress and mold growing on wet fabric, the GiraDora can also help generate income through providing laundry services, rentals, and direct sales.

The GiraDora is currently being field-tested in Peru, and there are plans to introduce it more widely into South America and India.  The project has been recognized by both the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, and the International Design Excellence Awards.

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116 Comments

  1. Lori Stevens August 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I would love to field test one here in the states,, living off the grid,, it would be perfect for us.. I hope thay will sell them in the states..
    lori stevens

  2. Hiraku Onishi July 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Due to typhoon black out for 3 days, I really need it, how could I buy it? I live in the Philippines. Maybe a lot of people need it here.

  3. Kylie Tai May 16, 2014 at 12:04 am

    for people who want one now, there is a similar, hand driven product called ezywash

  4. Liz Ecos May 15, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    que bueno yo quiero una

  5. KLavender28 May 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I NEED THIS!!! When will they be available n where?
    Sincerely
    disabled single mom

  6. danielle.blaser May 15, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I would really like one myself! Where can I purchase one?

  7. Nonie W. Arthurs May 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    WHAT !!! I would love to have one in Jamaica !!! please contact me !!! ASAP !!

  8. Belko May 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I live in an area where we lose power every time we have a store or heavy winds. Where can I purchase one of these.

    May

  9. Cecilia Onato-Ihde April 24, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Don’t forget, there ARE low income families in the U.S.A. who could use something like this to wash clothes who cannot afford the laundromat.

  10. Kevin Bondurant April 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    i need one, is it out yet? can find anything on the net

  11. James Sunderland April 2, 2014 at 1:49 am

    So…. WHY is this NOT being sold in the US??? Put in on Ebay sheesh. How is that so hard?

  12. sgodwin April 1, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I\’ve been interested in this thing ever since it was first announced, which was maybe three years ago. It\’s very clever and potentially useful. Unfortunately, the only thing it is so far is an idea and too much hype. There\’s no web site for it, no company behind it. Just a bunch of students with a good idea, a facebook page, and a desire to have this same teaser information reprinted on every cool design and eco site on the web. Unless they can find a company who will back it, capitalize it and work on it full-time, it will remain just a good idea. They should cease all efforts to get it in the news until they\’re ready to deliver, because it\’s just irritating to those of us who are ready to buy and support it.

  13. Deb Benson April 1, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I’m in NYC. Would also LOVE to try this. Any chance of getting it here in the US?

  14. Debbie Wigginton March 27, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I would love to try this or even buy it. Please let me know.

  15. Patricia Jordan March 25, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I would like to be able to test drive this foot pedal powered washer and spin dryer. Is there any way to obtain one for trial in US? I am located in NC.
    Sincerely,
    P. Jordan

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