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March 25, 2023

Anti-Bunch Laundry Tool

From Core77:

Inventor Designs Highly Profitable 'Wad-Free' Laundry Aid
It keeps sheets from getting tangled, and sounds like 'cha-ching'
This humble object will never make it into the MoMA, but it does solve one of life's minor annoyances. That annoyance is when you're washing bedsheets, and they tightly spiral into a rope inside the machine (occasionally trapping other clothes inside), or into a wadded ball that occasionally unbalances the machine and causes it to pause. Both must be unfurled before they can be dried.
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Minor as it is, several years ago this annoyance prompted Denver-based Cyndi Bray to devise this doo-hickey that keeps the corners together, preventing wadding.

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Apparently by effectively shortening the overall dimensions of the sheet, it also prevents the rope thing from happening, and keeps the sheet loose enough that other clothes don't get trapped inside.

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Bray, who holds an MBA, wisely assumed there was a market for it and managed to get the Wad-Free, as she named it, into production. It was already for sale in Walmart and Amazon by the time she went on "Shark Tank" a couple years ago to secure additional funding. Since then Bray has reportedly cleared over half a million in sales and has a healthy 38% profit margin.

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You may not have an MBA, but a fair number of you reading this have degrees in ID. So here's a reminder that if you can use your skills to solve a small, humble problem that lots of people experience, there might not be much glory in it, but there's a pathway to success like Bray's.

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Set of 2: $19.99.

March 25, 2023 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


Flautist, I love mine. Tried them as a guest and decided I had to have a set of my own. It’s true, I don’t know the thread count, but they are soft and buttery, better than the Charisma sheets that finally fell apart on me. I have them in a light gray and love the color too.

Posted by: tamra | Mar 29, 2023 12:31:15 AM

Tam, glad you mentioned the Boll & Branch sheets!
I've been seeing Bill Maher hawking them on his stoned-fest podcasts and I've wondered if they're worth the price. They're kind of sneaky about ignoring thread counts as irrelevant, but, hey, I've bought factory second 300 count cotton sheets that were like heaven. I'm no fabric expert but I'd like to hear your jaundiced assessment. 😘

Posted by: Flautist | Mar 27, 2023 6:48:59 AM

Scary clippy things! Looks like a great way to destroy my lovely Boll & Branch sheets. Mm mm sorry.

Posted by: tamra | Mar 25, 2023 11:33:33 AM

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