An Indian Teenage Girl Invented a Non-Electric Washing Machine

By: Alyson Wyers - Jun 16, 2014
References: nif.org.in & psfk
14 year old aspiring doctor Remya Jose invented a non-electric washing machine that is pedal-powered.

Despite India's rapidly developing economy, wealth disparity is pervasive and the income gap continues to grow. This means many people in rural communities can't afford traditional electric appliances, and even if they could the cost of electricity could be too much. As education is they key to breaking the cycle of poverty, Remya Jose knows it must be a priority. When doing laundry threatened to cut into her studies, the determined teen hacked a washer to clean by pedalling.

Instead of running off electricity, the alternative non-electric washing machine runs off mechanical power. The machine consists of an aluminum cylinder one simply adds dirty clothes and detergent to. After they soak for 10 minutes or so, the clothes can be cleaned after only 3 to 4 minutes of peddling.