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WashBOB: The World's Best Portable Laundry Water Softener (Canceled)

Defeat hard water, anywhere. Old tech, new purpose. Ditch chemical detergents and softeners, kill the hot water. Save money, be well!

WashBOB: The World's Best Portable Laundry Water Softener (Canceled)

Defeat hard water, anywhere. Old tech, new purpose. Ditch chemical detergents and softeners, kill the hot water. Save money, be well!

pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 18 2018
Last updated November 18, 2018

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

The WashBOB
The WashBOB

Introducing WashBOB the world's best personal portable laundry water softener. 

You're probably saying " what the heck is a WashBOB?" and we get it. *Spoiler* When you throw WashBOB in your washing machine you will save money using up to 70% less detergent, no hot water, no chemical softeners, and less body lotion! Is it complicated? Nope. 

So, why did we make such a silly looking thing? 

 Why do we need all the chemicals in our detergent?

Maybe you have heard: "Natural soaps never work" or "It's your machine, HE machines don't clean as well the old ones", or how about "You need oxygen, get some of that powder" and my favorite.... "you take this plastic ball full of ceramic beads and put it in your machine and you'll never have to use Soap again". 

The Truth = It's The Water Not The Soap

In 2017 I was introduced to the team at Swiss Aqua Technologies (SAT). Through this meeting, I learned why all my notions about adding things to the water to solve my problem were wrong.

FACT #1: HARD WATER = NO BUBBLES

Why? The minerals in your water adhere to the detergent inhibiting its ability to dissolve effectively and create bubbles.

FACT #2: The chemicals in powder boosters, modern detergents, and softeners that are designed to combat hard water are in some cases bad for the environment and in most cases irritants to your skin.

FACT #3: Many liquid softeners contain volatile organic compounds

FACT #4: Softening water can be done chemical free, without power, and in an affordable and sustainable way

Inside of WashBOB, we utilized Swiss Aqua Technologies Ion Polarization System

Once WashBOB has made the insoluble minerals in your water soluble

SAT has used their Ion Polarization System (IPS) all over the world in industrial, commercial, and residential applications. 

Now what...

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More Tech...

WashBOB's patented core creates turbulence in the water reducing detergent usage by up to 70% of most detergent labels recommended usage

New Core
New Core

Realize the savings and eliminate the mess - WashBOB has a built-in measuring ring that eliminates the need to pour detergent into the cap and ensures you only use the soap you need.

Wash on cold, for everything, and preserve colors while saving money on energy

Where are we in development...

WashBOB is ready for you! Are you ready for WashBOB? 

The funds raised from Kickstarter will purchase high capacity tooling which will lower our cost and allow us to get WashBOB out quickly to the over 90% of Americans with hard water.

Where you can use WashBOB

Who Am I?  

Hi, My name is Ben (I'm in the video above). I am a product developer hailing from Colorado operating independently through EvMade LLC and a father of three active girls. Up until recently, I was the Director of Product for Kraus (www.kraususa.com), a maker of faucets and sinks, and had the opportunity to launch some great products. Most recently I've been trying to tackle the problem of excess that has become prevalent in the laundry habits of many people today.

Thanks,

Question? Email info@washbob.com

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Risks and challenges

Problems that often happen and why they won't with the WashBOB campaign.

- Unable to get required raw material

"Lucky for us we have a supplier with more than enough raw materials for us even if we exceed our highest estimates several times over. In the event of a material shortage, we would update our backers of any delays immediately. We don't see this as even a small chance at this time; however, this would result in a small delay, not a failure to meet our commitments to deliver the product."

- Running out of time or missing deadlines

"SAT and EvMade LLC have the resources, experience, and the relationship throughout the entire manufacturing process to ensure timely delivery of great quality products"

- Conflicts with weather/seasons/special events

"We plan for seasonality and special events. Natural disasters do occur, but we have access to backup suppliers if we need them. This would add maybe 60 days, but it is highly unlikely and we would still deliver product"

- Budget overages

"We have to major companies backing us and we are still producing the first version for Europe successfully. In the event that there is cost slippage we will support the timely completion of WashBOB with our core businesses."

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    Pledge US$ 16 or more About US$ 16

    The Solo Washer - Single WashBOB

    Spoil yourself & the planet! Buy WashBOB early and save (retail price 22.95). Includes one WashBOB and the opportunity to vote on WashBOB's final color. You'll be saving money in no time by reducing your detergent use by up to 70%. Your skin will thank you too!

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    Pledge US$ 32 or more About US$ 32

    The Generous Washer - Two WashBOBs

    Spoil yourself, a friend, and the planet! Buy two WashBOBs early and save HUGE (retail price 39.95). Includes two WashBOBs and the opportunity to vote on WashBOB's final color. You'll be saving money, someone will probably like you better, and you'll both be reducing your detergent use by up to 70%. Your skin will feel great -time to cuddle!

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    Pledge US$ 48 or more About US$ 48

    The Popular Washer - Three WashBOBs

    Spoil yourself, a friend, Uncle Bob, and the planet! Buy three WashBOBs early and save REAL BIG (retail price 58.95). Includes three WashBOBs and the opportunity to vote on WashBOB's final color. You'll be saving money, possibly even respected, and you'll all be reducing your detergent use by up to 70%. Supple Skin = Group Hug!

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    Pledge US$ 140 or more About US$ 140

    Side Hustle - Ten WashBOBs

    You can sell them and gain some spare change, pass them out to random strangers, or have Holiday gifts that people will actually remember. You get Ten WashBOBs, the freedom to give them or sell them to whoever you like, and the right to vote on WashBOB's final color. You're cool, we get it, and now everyone else will know too!

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    Pledge US$ 330 or more About US$ 330

    Retail Pack #1 - Twenty Five WashBOBs

    If you own a laundromat your patrons will love you and your machines will too! If you have a small retail shop or local hardware store, consider adding WashBOB to your shelves.

    Includes: Twenty five WashBOBs and a small display stand (floor or table top).

    You get TWO votes on the color!

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    Pledge US$ 580 or more About US$ 580

    Retail Pack #2 - Fifty WashBOBs

    If you own a laundromat your patrons will love you and your machines will too! If you have a small retail shop or local hardware store, consider adding WashBOB to your shelves.

    Includes: Fifty WashBOBs and a small display stand (floor or table top).

    You get TWO votes on the color!

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    The Super Early Bird Washer

    You wake up really early before school starts, before the hotel laundry gets busy, or before the kids wake up; and you get those precious garments breezy clean. As you sip on your morning coffee falling into the trance of the sweet hum of the laundry machines you say, "I wish there was a better way to clean my clothes that was good for me, my checking account, and mother earth".

    There is! Since your first to the party most of the time *High Five*, let's get you a WashBOB. (Retail 22.95$) You get the first WashBOBs available to the public, the first votes on the final color of WashBOB, and a special place in our hearts!

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Funding period

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