My favourite household chore (if I’m going to say that I actually have a favourite chore!) is definitely laundry. I really don’t mind rinsing out muddy rugby gear, sorting washing, hanging it out, getting it in. In fact, the only step in the process that I don’t enjoy is putting clean laundry away. That’s what my floor-drobe is for.
Despite my enthusiasm for washing clothes, it doesn’t seem as if there is a whole lot of innovation and tech to get excited about in the laundry. There hasn’t really been a game changer since the electric dryer became a consumer fave so it’s definitely time for a shake-up.
Launching in New Zealand this month, Spindel is already a firm fave in South African homes. I’ve been test driving mine for the past month and I’m totally convinced that kiwis are going to love these specialist laundry dryers that cut fabric drying time significantly.
Here in New Zealand we are a nation that’s pretty committed to our clotheslines and drying racks, generally looking to avoid the expense of using the dryer at all costs. Winter makes this hard and a wet winter like we are having this year makes it near impossible. Air drying clothes inside using a drying rack instead of a dryer may save some money on your power bill but it might be a false economy as you switch on your dehumidifier to remove the excess water that’s evaporated from your clothes into the air. This is where the Spindel comes in.
I’ve been completing my usual wash cycle in our fairly late model Bosch washing machine, then running the finished load through the Spindel before hanging it out to dry. Here’s where it gets amazing; I’m spinning around 1.25l of water (more than what the website suggests) out of each load after my washing machine has completed its spin cycle! That’s a lot of water right?!
Spindel uses no heat, just a large amount of centrifugal force to spin excess water out of your washing. Spinning at 2800rpm (more than twice that of most washing machines), an energy efficient, 3-minute cycle is all it takes to cut down air drying time or the amount of time you need to run your costly electric dryer.
Genius. Imagine how much water would come out of a load of super-absorbent cloth nappies? Totally a laundry life-saver.
I really can’t recommend Spindel enough, it’s slotted into my laundry routine beautifully and is so simple to use – pop a bowl under the spout to catch the water and turn the latch.
The 6.5kg Spindel is now available to pre-order for New Zealand delivery! Head to www.spindel.nz and click on shop or, email directly here