This Invention Could Dramatically Cut Your Laundry Costs

Photo (cc) by funcrush28

A trio of Ph.D. candidates at MIT have developed a new filter that could dramatically reduce the amount of water needed to do laundry. The students, under the business name AquaFresco, have been racking up awards at their school for the device.

According to the company’s website, traditional laundry uses more than 20 gallons of water and only removes about a tablespoon of dirt and oils from clothes, a process they call highly inefficient. The patent-pending filter they’ve developed can be attached to an existing laundry machine and allow the same water and detergent to be re-used for multiple loads. Their prototype testing shows it reduced use of water and detergent by 95 percent.

There’s no word on how much the filter costs, or how often it would have to be replaced, so it’s impossible to say if it’s worth it for an individual homeowner, but at this point they’re not targeting homeowners. The company’s first clients are midsized hotels, which they estimate could save $100,000 per year in water and detergent costs. They note that there may be applications in commercial laundry, industrial wastewater, and household laundry in the future.

For more details, visit their website.

Do you have water-saving tips or laundry secrets? Share them in comments below or on our Facebook page.

How to find cheaper car insurance in minutes

Getting a better deal on car insurance doesn't have to be hard. You can have The Zebra, an insurance comparison site compare quotes in just a few minutes and find you the best rates. Consumers save an average of $368 per year, according to the site, so if you're ready to secure your new rate, get started now.

Read Next
21 Thrift Store Gems You Can Cash In On
21 Thrift Store Gems You Can Cash In On

Here’s what to look for at that overstuffed thrift store — and how you can make money from it.

5 Common Medical Expenses That Medicare Won’t Pay For
5 Common Medical Expenses That Medicare Won’t Pay For

Don’t let these health care costs catch you off guard in retirement.

11 Home Upgrades With the Best Payback in 2020
11 Home Upgrades With the Best Payback in 2020

The home remodeling projects that deliver the best bang for the buck tend to have one thing in common.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Comments

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.