Gallery: Virtually Waterless Washing Machine Cuts Water Use by 90%


Xeros Ltd. is on the verge of saving us a LOT of water. Their new washing system (prototype stage) uses nylon beads to tumble wash clothes with 90% less water than conventional washers. The machine also uses significantly less detergent and eliminates the need for tumble drying. They claim that if all the homes in the US switched to their system, the carbon offset would be like taking 5 million cars off the road and it would save 1.2 billion tons of water per year – the equivalent of 17 million swimming pools. Dang!

The idea was born out of University of Leeds, where Professor Stephen Burkinshaw conceived of a dye anchoring technology that uses nylon polymer beads. By reversing this process, Professor Burkinshaw found that when these beads are tumbled with dampened clothing they absorb the dirt and stains in the process. The beads can absorb dirt over hundreds of washes, and once they’ve been used they can be easily recycled.

The Xeros website claims that household savings could be 30% over traditional washing costs, all things considered. According to CNET, Xeros recently partnered with GreenEarth Cleaning and the machines will begin commercial production by the end of 2010. Hopefully with funding and interest a retail option will be coming our way soon!

+ Xeros Ltd

Via The Inspired Economist


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  1. momskates August 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Gee, I took a trivia quiz & one of the questions was about the ‘waterless’ washing machine. What a unique idea; I had never
    heard about this before. I sure would like to lower my water bill, as well as not having to buy detergents all the time. The cost of the machine would be well worth it over a little time. Why aren’t we seeing them in stores now?

  2. Lacuna July 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

    In response to “anonymous1233321123212″ I think you’ve missed the point that this invention will be a massive improvement on what is currently used… 😛 And in regards to your poison worries it does point out that significantly less detergent would be required so isn’t that pretty much what you’re saying needs to happen anyways…

  3. anonymous1233321123212 July 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    soil, body oils, etc, arent pollution. its the detergent that we put in the water which turns it poisonous. use a citrus based cleaner. using less water means less water has to be processed, so thats great, but a huge ecological impact can be made with today’s machines by being aware of what tide, cheer, etc really is. stop dumping poison into the water.

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