A Washing Machine That Uses Beads to Clean Your Clothes

Suppose you could get your clothes cleaner and save money at the same time? Not to mention the possibility of saving water, electricity and cutting down the chemicals that enter the wastewater stream by half?

Sounds very much like an advertisement, doesn’t it?

Well it has the potential to be, but “sponsored posts” aren't part of our itinerary. We just acknowledge progress, trying to point people to all the insight and new innovations we can find. There is no doubt that this particular technological breakthrough will “make the world a better place.” 

It bases on a problem connecting every individual in the world: clothes. How can we wash our clothes in a way that will make the world a better place, you might wonder.

The answer is well provided by this spectacular innovation.

Like most amazing discoveries, this leap in technology was discovered by accident when scientists tried to find dyes attracted to fabrics and, somewhere along the line, they also discovered that the same process could be used to remove stains from clothing when reversed.

The waterless washing machine, Xeros, makes use of polymer beads, called XOrbs, to giving garments a gentler, overall more effective wash, that is reported to save 80% of the water used in a traditional wash, 50% of the energy, 50% of the chemicals, and reduces the amount of CO2 released by 80%.

It not only benefits the wash cycle but allows extends the shelf life of clothes massaging its fibers to remove stains with this gentler process.

That the washing machine has turned our lives around since it's early days of development is no secret.

However, if you entertain decreasing your use of chemicals and production of waste, but aren't settled with purchasing a new washer, there is another alternative: Soap Nuts.

They aren’t actually nuts, but are berries closely related to the lychee and have a natural soap agent in them often referred to as saponin. EcoNuts have described that saponin “works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric, and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away”.