Washing machine uses one cup of water, plastic chips

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Get right the hell out of here. What would you say if I told you that there’s a company in the UK that’s trying to get a washing machine to market in 2009 that uses only one cup of water per load and doesn’t need a dryer?

The washing machine is called the Xeros and it “uses thousands of reusable plastic chips to remove and absorb dirt,” according to MetaEfficient. One cup of water and one cup of detergent are added to each wash cycle, which is apparently enough to “remove all sorts of everyday stains including coffee and lipstick,” and “leaves clothes almost dry, doing away with the need for a dryer.”

Is there a catch? Absolutely. The machine uses about 44 pounds of plastic chips and the chips need to be replaced after 100 cycles – roughly six months. So the success of this machine will really come down to the price of the machine itself, the price of the magic chips, and whether or not you feel like lugging almost 50 pounds up and down your stairs every six months. But hey, no dryer, right? That’ll save time and money.

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