Whether you live in a sprawling mansion or a tiny apartment, laundry day stinks. Hefting your over-ripe unmentionables over to the washing machine, you know you're in for a long and laborious task. A new concept washing machine, developed for this year's Electrolux Design Challenge, aims to change that. This is the Luna Wash, the in-hamper washing machine.
Designed by Juan Camilo Restrepo Villamizar, the Luna Wash is like a miniature dirt-destroying Death Star that uses static electricity and steam to coax your clothes clean. To get the wash going, you first fill the Luna Wash with a small amount of water and plop it down into your laundry. The Luna Wash then produces a cloud of steam. The surrounding clothes relax in the heat, letting go of the dirt on their fibers. Next, it swaps to dirt-magnet mode, emitting an electrostatic charge that sucks that loosened dirt right into its own metal frame.
Vibrating and pulsing its way all the way to the bottom of your hamper, the Luna Wash finishes its cycle by blowing your fresh-cleaned clothes dry with hot air. It's a fantastic idea, and one that could get even the laziest of bachelors to wash their clothes. The only downside we can see, if the Luna Wash can actually be built, is that it would leave you clothes as wrinkled as a raisin in the desert. If we could just get our hands on a robot butler to iron and fold our clothes for us, we'd have this laundry day problem solved.