A few weeks ago, I found myself at a coffee shop in San Francisco and noticed a group of friends chatting about their laundry.
“Is there any way to get rid of the washing machine?” one of them asked.
“There’s no way,” replied the other.
“I have a washing machine!”
“What about it?”
They were shocked.
The washing machine was part of their living room decor.
It was their main entertainment, the one they used to get through the day.
“That’s what makes it so special,” one of the friends said.
“The way it was made.”
It was a common refrain.
“Every house has a washing cycle, right?” one friend asked.
I thought back to the way we used to wash our clothes.
“Our clothes would get all sweaty,” I said.
A lot of us did.
But in the early 2000s, we had a way to remove the stress and get rid the stains.
We took the time to make our own laundry detergent, a technology called “smartwashing” that uses chemicals to remove any trace of detergent.
But the washing cycle wasn’t always clean.
“Most of our clothes are washed with the dryer, right?
We don’t wash with the machine.
We wash our clothing in the washing machines, which are dirty,” I told the friend.
The two of them both agreed.
“So it’s really important to have clean clothes,” they said.
And so I went back to my old washing machine and asked if it would be possible to turn it off.
I walked out the door.
I could just look in the mirror and see the cleanest clothes I had ever washed.
The next morning, I woke up in the morning and was shocked.
There was a wash cycle, but there was no detergent on it.
I took a closer look.
It had no clothes.
But there was an odor.
It smelled like a lot of urine and faeces.
And there was a laundry detergents stain.
I went home and washed the clothes I bought.
The smell and the stains were gone.
But not my clothes.
And my washing machine didn’t have a wash-off cycle.
So the two of us had to figure out how to do it ourselves.
What we ended up with was a DIY laundry deterger.
The DIY Dries Out Laundry Detergent “It was really interesting to have an idea,” I later told the two friends.
“How do you get rid for yourself?”
I thought of the old days when I would have a few laundry detergers around the house and then put the washing on them.
“You would wash your clothes with the detergent,” I would say, “and then you would put them in the dryers.
And then you could wash the clothes with a vacuum and then dry them.”
I thought that was a great idea, but it wasn’t the best solution.
I couldn’t see the point of adding detergent to a washable clothesline.
But a friend suggested that I try something new.
“What if you could just wash your own clothes?” she asked.
We looked at each other.
She had no idea how she would do it.
We decided to start with a very basic model.
I called up a friend who had a few years of washing experience, and we decided to see how she was going to get around the detergent problem.
I showed her how I had done it with my old machine and she was ecstatic.
“It works!” she said.
I asked her if she could take some photos of how it worked and showed her my new one.
She was excited to see what it looked like.
“This is a very simple system,” she said, “but I’m not sure how you get the deterrins out of it.
So I’m going to take a photo and show you how it looks.”
The photo I took showed a very clear line of liquid on the floor of the machine, a product of the detergenic process.
The machine was very clean and very dry.
It could be washed with just about anything and had no odor.
But that detergent had a very distinct odor.
The odor was so strong that it was noticeable.
I was getting a lot more calls from people wanting to wash with it, and I decided that this was going into my own washing machine.
“Well, I thought this was the perfect way to test the system out,” she told me.
She would get rid clothes by hand.
I had a new washing machine that I bought for $1,500.
“Now I can test it out,” I suggested.
We started using the new machine every other week.
I tried out different detergent options, but I never really liked the way the determant smelled.
I kept looking for another way to use detergent without the odor,