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Cycle your way to clean laundry with the Bike Washing Machine

Master multitaskers find creative ways to maximise time efficiency by doing seemingly unrelated things all at once – a little like the Bike Washing Machine, which does your laundry, hosts your home workout, conserves energy, saves space, and brings a smile to your face. 

Since technological advancements are so often born out of human necessity, the Bike Washing Machine aims to check a whole lot of problems off the list, with just one home appliance.

Cycle your way to clean laundry with the Bike Washing Machine

The idea seems to be that you would buy the Bike Washing Machine instead of any other washing machine. That way, you have to hop on the bike every time you need to do the laundry, creating some sense of a regular exercise schedule – it seems like the Bike Washing Machine is geared towards the more exercise averse among us.

Because pedalling on the stationary bike generates the power for the laundry cycle, theoretically you would save money on your household electricity bills and contribute to the planet by using truly renewable energy right from your own legs.

The power system has thus been met with doubts, considering the cycle only spins as fast as you pedal instead of a more complex energy conversion.

A group of students at Dalian Nationalities University in China designed the Bike Washing Machine through study in programs dedicated to technology and applied science.

The design team see the Bike Washing Machine as a space saver, since if you planned to buy a stationary bike and also a washing machine you’d be taking up twice the floor space. It’s not clear what the plan is if you already own a washing machine, but the bike’s other benefits would still work in your favour.

Cycle your way to clean laundry with the Bike Washing Machine

At this stage the Bike Washing Machine is only in concept phase.

Deep stains, tired legs? Might be better to stick with your trusted washer for now.

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Chloe is a writer from New York with a passion for technology, travel and playing devil’s advocate. She recently moved from Ibiza to Sydney to NYC, which obviously means she works way too hard.

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Comment (11)

    Steve Sainsbury

    Wednesday 22 April 2015

    Surely the inputs in extra food energy (taking into account the embedded and actual energy in fertilizers, persticides, transport, refrigeration etc etc) this will use far more energy than a simple electric machine?

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      Tristan Rayner

      Wednesday 22 April 2015

      Steve – you’re a thinker. I suppose the obvious answer is: if you’re going to be cycling anyway, it’s a good idea.

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    Yvette Fouché

    Wednesday 22 April 2015

    I personally think that it is a great idea. It could be use for some type of washing, when you don’t need to do a big laundry for example. I have a bike and a washing machine but I think for a rainy day or cleaning one item of clothe, like something you just had a stain on, it is perfect.
    I do not get the comment about the inputs in extra food energy. It is a bike, YOU are the energy source, where the food element is coming from?

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      Tristan Rayner

      Wednesday 22 April 2015

      Hey Yvette – the point was around food being your energy source.

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    Dave Schore

    Thursday 23 April 2015

    I think that if the drum only spins as fast as you pedal was some kind of an issue they could implement a gearbox that spins the drum faster. However you need resistance to get a good workout, so great idea, I hope it does well.

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    N. Johnston

    Saturday 25 April 2015

    Why upright and not recumbent? I mean disadvantages of most recumbent bikes are when they are mobile, and not stationary, plus you could easily put in a tablet/tray to keep the mind active with books/electronic stuff.

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    Kevin

    Saturday 25 April 2015

    Where can I get one…or two? :-)

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    manon

    Monday 27 April 2015

    How to get one ? If someone knows, let me know !
    This is a really good idea !

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    shawn

    Wednesday 29 April 2015

    I am already throwing money at my screen.

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    Chandra

    Saturday 2 May 2015

    Sone thing very similar, was aired on BBC couple of years ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wO3jO-NPX8

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    Chuck Diehl

    Tuesday 12 May 2015

    I collect real and toy washing machines and ride a bike instead of an automobile. This would be perfect for me and fun to have.

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