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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 26 2014 10:34 PM UTC +00:00
$4,273
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
143
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 26 2014 10:34 PM UTC +00:00

About

A PROBLEM IN NEED OF SOLVING…

The idea for an automatic dishwasher indicator that goes inside your dishwasher came to me on my BIRTHDAY last year in June.  The good news is that my husband helps with dishes. The bad news is he loads whatever is in the sink into the dishwasher without looking to see if what is in there is clean.  To his credit, I make the same mistake sometimes.  I discovered that we would yell from the kitchen to the living room at least three times a week: “Honey, are the dishes clean or dirty in the dishwasher”.  If one of us yelled back “Clean”, you might hear a mumbled “oops” from the other.  Then, we would, inevitably, have to re-run the dishwasher, since the clean and dirty dishes were now intermingled.

I have tried the magnets on the front of the dishwasher door, but they are only as reliable as someone willing to use them, and it is hard to remember to use them each and every time.  They get forgotten, or laziness sets in for us users.  And, you are back to yelling across rooms, and mixing clean and dirty dishes.  Plus, they just don’t look good.

So, are you one of those people that is about to say, “But, my dishwasher has a little light that comes on, when my dishwasher is clean”.  Let me enlighten you (pun intended).  That light is even less reliable that your human powered, magnet-sticker-turny-thingy on the door.   Once you open your dishwasher door, all bets are off.  The light can’t tell you if someone has come along and taken things out, or put dirty dishes in.  In fact, on many models, it will still be shining ‘clean’ even after you have emptied your dishes and loaded all dirty dishes.

A PROBLEM SOLVED…

I came up with a colorful float device that would be hidden inside a base when dry, and pop up into view, when the base gets water in it.  I wanted it to go "inside" the dishwasher, where you are looking at the dishes themselves.   And, I wanted it to be automatic, so it would be easy to use. 

The CLEANDICATOR™ was born….same day as me….different years, of course.

OUR MISSION

Our main goal is to create a fun, easy, and visual way to keep track of the clean cycle of your dishwasher.

But, we also, quickly, recognized that, by helping you keep track, you may run your dishwasher less times than you did before. You would have less re-runs due to not knowing if the cycle has run already, and less accidental mixing of the dirty and clean dishes...which also leads to re-runs of the cycle.

If each US household was able to run their dishwasher just 2 less times a month, it would equate to a savings of about 20,000,000,000 (yes, that is 20 BILLION) gallons of water per year. Those same cycles also save about 5.5 BILLION kWhrs in electricity.

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20 BILLION GALLONS a year

5.5 BILLION kWhrs a year

Now, imagine increasing that with the offices that have dishwashers in their break rooms, as well as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, and small businesses that may have a dishwasher. Then, add in other countries using the Cleandicator™.

That’s a lot of water we could save with just one little, fun, easy-to-use device.

Once the decision was made to offer this wonderful device to you, I called my friends at the Metcalfe Group to bring my invention to the next level. They are amazing, and we quickly were underway with concepts and discussions, research and many, many GoTo meetings on line to share ideas and talk through each ideation.

We had lots of fun, and many sleepless nights thinking through every feature from engineering, manufacturing, consumer use, and design.

One of our biggest goals was to make sure it fit into every type of dishwasher out there. While we can’t guaranty it fits them all, it has fit in 100% of the dishwashers we have tested it on, and we have tested over 150 makes and models in the US, including those of GE, KitchenAid, Samsung, Whirlpool, Electrolux, Maytag, Frigidaire, Bosch, Amana, LG, Hotpoint, Kenmore, and more.

We are so excited to bring you our completed unit.  It is the best of every idea and discussion we have had over the last several months.

As embarrassing as they are to share, there are always those “garage prototypes”, as I like to call them, that are made from items I find in our garage at home.  These serve as testing vehicles to prove the theory, before you tell others about your idea.  If you have ever invented something, I am sure you have a box, tote, drawer, or closet with parts and pieces of theory proving attempts of your own.

But, don’t worry, the pros were invited to the party.  We have had extensive testing and research to make Cleandicator™ the best it can be for you.

Along the way, we found we had developed several novel features, and are now Patent Pending, as well.

We have already completed product developement and testing, and are building the mold now!
We have already completed product developement and testing, and are building the mold now!
With your pledges, we will do the injection molding, assembly, and packaging, of the units, and get them to YOU!
With your pledges, we will do the injection molding, assembly, and packaging, of the units, and get them to YOU!

Cleandicator is the first of many products that will be invented and produced by the team at Millwater Products in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  My name is Amy Wolfe, and I am the inventor of Cleandicator.  I have been inventing things my whole life, and only recently had the “ah-ha” moment that you should listen to your inner child and follow your passions (and pay full attention, if you’ve been doing something, naturally, your whole life that you love to do). 

I started inventing at the age of 7, and keep a notepad and pencil (not pen….inventors will understand the pencil is better for drawing) always near me, even next to my bed at night.  I have notebooks and files full of invention ideas, some new, some farther along, some close to ready, some I don’t remember (and will be fun to find again), and another one I have worked all the way through patenting (and you may see someday).

I have wonderful friends and family, and a few of my friends and I started Millwater Products for the sole purpose of allowing inventors and people with new ideas to have a place to come to share their passion for making something that came from their own creation into a reality.  We want Millwater Products to be a haven for creative people, and a place they can feel safe with their ideas.

Our system has already taken shape with our collaboration with the fantastic team at The Metcalfe Group in Ohio.  At Millwater Products, we first do our extensive research on the design concept, need, patentability, and marketability of a product or service idea.  If it is a product to develop, we work with TMG from concept design through manufacturing.  We cannot express enough how great these guys are, not only on the creative, but in their expertise in engineering and attention to every detail.

As our first product, we are passionate about Cleandicator.  It will be our flagship product at Millwater Products, and that is why we want you to be a part of it.

If we can show other dreamers that you can have positive results with your creative ideas, then we are on our way to helping many an inner child have a real voice.

We are building the injection molds now, and will be ready by the end of this Kickstarter project to produce the first production run.
We are building the injection molds now, and will be ready by the end of this Kickstarter project to produce the first production run.

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges...
As with any project, things can happen that change outcomes. We have minimized the risks, done our testing with working prototypes, and gotten our vendors lined up, and ready to go. Our biggest item is the timing of our mold build. It has already begun, but there is the unforeseen “tweaking” of it at the end of the build time (end of July). Hopefully, our due diligence in testing, CAD work, and in the huge amount of time spent working with the injection molding company (a USA company), will pay off, and we won’t have to make any changes to the mold before mass production can occur. Even if that does occur, it is only a temporary timeline change.

What the Kickstarter funds will be used for...
Your pledge will be used for the injection molding, assembly, packaging and shipping of your Cleandicators. You will be helping create USA jobs in the Atlanta area, and we could just hug you for that…..and will, if you are one of our party pledgers.

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    Thank you for liking our project, and our mission to simplify your life, and save water for all of us. You are in the loop, and we will keep you updated on Cleandicator.

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    You get it! You get your Cleandicator for your dishwasher. And, our everlasting thankfulness for helping us with our mission. Thank You, and welcome to the Cleandicator Family. Free shipping in the USA.

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    INTERNATIONAL Shipping of a Cleandicator to you. Since each location may have a different shipping cost the reward value only includes the Cleandicator. We will contact you for shipping charges, that will be an additional fee for you for this reward. For an idea use usps.com, small box flat rate from Atlanta, GA USA. Example: Mexico and Canada are about $15 for shipping. Netherlands is about $25 for shipping. This reward includes a $15 credit towards shipping, so Mexico and Canada shipping are covered in this reward.

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    A special treat. You get your Cleandicator for your dishwasher plus Cleandicator Stainless Steel travel tumbler, so you have something to put in your dishwasher to test your Cleandicator with. Free shipping in the USA.

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    Dinner with the Team. We invite you and a guest to dinner in Atlanta with all the folks that pledge at this level. It will be a Kickstarter Cleandicator party. Our team will be there, and we can even run the dishwasher afterwards! Oh...and, of course, you get a Cleandicator. Heck, take two, so you have one for your friend! Date and Time TBD. Travel and accommodations not included.

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