I consider myself to be a modern man, masculine yet emotional, a lover of football yet appreciator of literature and poetry. I’m Yin and Yang, beer and wine, steak and salad. That said, I’m going to poke fun at my girlfriend for months about this…
Invented by my new hero Oliver Blackwell, the ‘WashDryIron’ was displayed at the Ideal Home Show and could well destroy your requirements for at least one skill of the XX chromosome. Arrange it separate compartments, it washes, dries and irons clothes, has no drum and purports to eliminate colour runs and shrinkage.
In fact Blackwell says all clothes remain on their hangers for the entire process meaning no need to separate colours from whites, no entangled garments and no socks disappearing into the Bermuda Triangle-like innards of the duvet cover. Speaking of which, the WashDryIron can handle 16 items including things as large as a king-size bed sheet.
Completed as part of a final degree project, the WashDryIron seems the perfect student invention (alongside a regenerating beer and marijuana plant) and is already at a stage where its owner says it could be installed in homes. He wants a major manufacturer to collaborate with him to assist with mass production and says a huge amount of interest has already been shown. Even a price range of £800 to £900 has been predicted (a small price to be paid for the estimated 10 days of ironing time it saves per annum).
"It's simple, but it works and the real beauty is the ironing time it saves. I can't see many people arguing with that," said Blackwell. "A friend's father said he wouldn't have got married if I'd come up with this sooner," he added. Maybe many people wouldn’t argue with that statement either…?