If you live alone and you don’t have too much space, a compact washing machine could be perfect for you. What if, besides its small size it wouldn’t consume any electricity?
Even if it sounds unreal, this device exists. It’s called the Drumi and was created by Yirego, a Canadian company that develops all types of unconventional gadgets for housing. The Drumi reminds us of the GiraDora, also a foot-pedal washing machine, that never reached the U.S. market.
The Drumi is now available for pre-order at the price of $129 and the delivery is promised at the latest in July 2016.
Drumi is the perfect people-powered washing machine for those who live in a remote area, for students, off-grids, or for those who prefer to use their foot to power the machine than to pay high bills for electricity. It is only 22 inches tall and it’s a manually-powered washing machine for small amounts of laundry, just around 2,26 kg. It takes a fraction of the water it would usually be needed and about 5 minutes to wash. This type of washing machine can handle about 6 to 7 shirts, but only one pair of jeans. It is also perfect for baby clothes or very delicate items.
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It is so easy to use; you just lift the plastic lid, add the clothes in the drum, along with five liters of water. After you closed the lit, add the detergent on top. Depending on how dirty the clothes are, you should pump the pedal from 2 to 5 minutes and after you finished, just push the button to empty the dirty water. In order to clean the clothes from soap, add another 5 liters of water and pump the pedal another 2 minutes. After you’re done, release the water and pump it another minute, as a „spin cycle”.
According to Yirego, the Drumi washer is made of 40% recycled materials, uses powder, solid and liquid detergent, and about 80% less water than a traditional washer.
Drumi is not meant to substitute a full-sized washing machine plus a dryer, but it can save a lot of money and electricity. For example, a standard washer uses about 27 gallons/102 liters of water per load and an Energy Star model uses about 14 gallons/53 liters. If you use Drumi as a secondary washing machine you can reduce the carbon footprint by 10 pounds a week and it has the best result if you dry them with a no-energy drying method, outside in the sun.
Here are some of the advantages of using Drumi
- Quick and easy to use.
- Water-saving and no electricity required.
- Uses 80% less water than standard washing machines.
- Only takes 5 – 10 minutes per load.
- Small, compact, and portable.
- Helps you stay fit
Its small size (20″ x 18″ x 18″/50 x 45 x 50 cm) and lightweight (20 lb./9 kg) make this people-powered washing machine fit perfectly in a tiny house, small apartment, RVs, off-grid homes or camping trips. Not to mention that you can use the water for landscape and outdoor plants.
Should the average working Joe get a Drumi washer?
If you want to keep in shape, need to cut down on the use of electricity and water, or simply need a great topic to break the ice when you have guests, then Drumi is exactly what you should get. It’s not very expensive, compact and very easy to use. So if you can spare $130 without risking your financial safety, then don’t wait any longer and get yourself on the preorder list for Drumi.