A student in Britain has developed a washing machine that not only washes and dries clothes but also irons them.

Oliver Blackwell, a University of
Plymouth graduate, hopes the machine which he designed will become much
wanted because it saves about 10 days a year in ironing time, reported
the online edition of BBC News.

machine named as WashDryIron washes, dries and irons clothes in
separate compartments and is said to eliminate colour runs, shrinkage
and ironing. It can tackle up to 16 items at a time, including
king-size bed sheets.


Mr Blackwell hopes his new machine will banish washday blues

hangers are used, the clothes do not become entangled and have 83
percent fewer creases. The items are then dried and ironed by hot air
blown across them, said Blackwell who is going to exhibit at next
month’s Ideal Home Show.

claims another major benefit of the separate compartments is that muddy
sports gear can be washed at the same time, but at a different
temperature from delicate fabrics. He expected the new washing machine
to retail at about 800-900 pounds.

been a huge amount of interest shown in my design, but what I really
need next is for a major manufacturer to get involved with some
investment to develop it further," he said.

Oliver Blackwell: WashDryIron designer

The designer hopes a major manufacturer will now get involved.