Having visitors this week for Thanksgiving?
A big dinner or a few overnight houseguests will mean extra laundry. And who wants to spend a holiday weekend doing laundry? Especially after you’ve already spent most of the week cooking!
Sevin Coskun, a designer from Turkey, figured out how to slip an extra washer into your home – and maybe even encourage your guests to throw in their own towels and sheets on their way out the door. It’s called the Washup.
And a bonus for the guys: we can watch the laundry spin while we pee. Just like in those fancy restaurants that put up a little TV above the urinal so we can check the score under the guise of using the men’s room.
Odd as it is, this little washer is a really great idea. Though it contains the traditional plumbing of a normal toilet, the Washup has a large water tank that stores the draining water from the washing machine, which can then be used to refill the toilet when flushed.
Note: I said the washing water fills the toilet. The toilet water doesn’t fill the washing machine – that would be gross.
The design makes sense—even if the computer-generated representations of use are kind of creepy (the woman in the first image looks like she’s doing something somewhat naughty, and the woman in the second pic is takin’ a leak while standing – and they both have their pants on. What were they thinking?)
A Notable Entry at the 2008 Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the Washup is a smart, green solution to water usage, though it’s not yet in production.
The Washup would be a perfect addition to smaller houses and apartments, as it utilizes existing – and generally wasted – space. Watching the laundry spin while urinating could be seen as entertaining. And, maybe house guests would take a hint.
What do you think – would you get one?
by John Barker