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Women of in­ven­tion

Ma­chines, medicines, air­craft, cen­tral heat­ing... women are the un­sung pi­o­neers of in­ven­tion in a stag­ger­ing va­ri­ety of elds. In our mini se­ries, we’re shin­ing a spot­light on a fe­male in­ven­tor who’s de­sign changed the world. This is­sue – the dish­washer.

As some­one who loved to host gather­ings and din­ner par­ties, Josephine Cochrane had an end­less stream of dishes and cut­lery that needed to be washed. Af­ter one of her kitchen work­ers chipped a piece of heir­loom china, she de­cided that there must be a safer and more ef cient way to clean her dishes. She started by de­sign­ing com­part­ments for each type of crock­ery, which would then be cleaned us­ing a wa­ter-pres­sure sys­tem sim­i­lar to the one used in dish­wash­ers to­day. She went on to patent her de­sign in 1886, soon re­ceiv­ing or­ders from restau­rants and ho­tels, and in 1897 the Garis-Cochran dish­washer fac­tory started pro­duc­tion, sup­ply­ing busi­nesses and homes.

Skin care

We might never have thought of us­ing cro­chet to cleanse our faces, but Keighly Hearty of I Heart Threads Co is one step ahead of the game! She’s de­signed th­ese or­ganic cot­ton Fa­cial Rounds, which can be used just like the dis­pos­able cot­ton ones – for ap­ply­ing cleanser, wip­ing off prod­ucts or re­mov­ing make-up. But the dif­fer­ence is, th­ese can be popped back in their bag and thrown in the wash­ing ma­chine, ready to be used all over again, rather than go­ing straight in the bin. Hand-cro­cheted us­ing su­per-soft or­ganic cot­ton, they’ll be kind on your skin, and they come in four cute colour­ways to match any bath­room dé­cor.

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