Detergent-Free Washing Machine

HaierA new washing machine from Haier, China’s largest home appliance manufacturer, is marketing the WasH20, which doesn’t use detergent to clean clothes. Instead, it breaks down water molecules into their OH- and H+ ionic components. The OH- acts a cleaning agent, attracting and retaining stains, while the H+ ions sterilize and clean the clothes.

The machine is only available for sale in France for the equivalent of about $1,000. No word on when it may become available in the States, or if it would sell for a similar price.

Only time my tell how effective this machine is at cleaning or if other brands will launch similar machines.


I think most people fantasize about having their “dream” kitchen.  My dream kitchen would be on a yacht.  Here’s a picture of a beautiful Schiffini Galley Kitchen.  I really like the juxtaposition of the shiny black cabinets and the rich wood floor.  The corner sink gives more usable countertop space and the lights with the electrical plugs keeps the stainless backsplash uncluttered.


Villeroy & Boch SmartBench

Villeroy & BochVilleroy & Boch is producing fixtures strictly for the US market for the first time in it’s 259 year history.  One noteworthy item is the City Life Collection’s SmartBench.  A ceramic toilet is hidden in a wooden bench with an elegant frosted glass surround.  The hinged lid muffles the sound of the flush and conceals the toilet.  You could have a lot of fun with unsuspecting house guests with this item.

LED “flourescent” Tubes

A lot of us have been waiting to see LED lamps in homes and offices. Good news! EverLED now has LED replacements for fluorescent tubes. These connect directly into the lamp, and require no retrofitting of the ballast or the fixture.

“The EverLED TR is a direct, “drop-in” replacement for standard fluorescent light tubes. It is compatible with virtually every standard, ballast equipped fluorescent light fixture, without any need for modification.”

These are currently available as standard 4′ size tubes in 5 different color temperatures. The distributor advertises these as having a 10 year typical lifespan and 20% energy use reduction versus standard fluorescent tubes. They also note that there is no mercury or lead in these replacements, and that they do not have a breakage hazard as do standard glass tubes.

The $150 price tag may seem steep but with time I’m sure it will drop.  This could be very good for public buildings that do not have the budget to change out all of their lighting systems.