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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.
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.