Ecopod Washer, Dryer Steam Cleans Clothing

Sadly, all the cool gizmos and gadgets for the home promised to us by The Jetsons have failed to materialize–but happily, this futuristic green appliance just might. The Ecopod Steam Washer and Dryer concept by Simon Hedt (which comes to us via Tuvie) uses wet steam and dry air to clean and dry clothes in one shot, via a series of ‘pods.’

These three small-capacity pods, or washing baskets, were designed for three different clothing types–light, darks, and delicates–negating the need for all those fancy appliance settings. Simply open up the pod of your choice, place your clothes in it, and fit it back into the cylindrical, wall-mounted appliance. Select the ‘wash’ function and you’re good to go.

Ecopod clothes washer and dryer

image via Tuvie

By relying on steam, this device is downright miserly when it comes to water, so even though these washing baskets are on the small side, you’ll never need to feel guilty about running a small load. The device takes care of drying your clothes much the way a regular dryer does, with super-heated dry air.

Provided the steam heat here is as effective as good old H20 and suds in getting the gunk out of clothes, we think this is a great idea–perfect for apartments and small homes where space is at a premium.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply February 25, 2011

    Maria Johnson

    I can understand how effective steam is at sanitiziing. But considering it’s size and lack of water, how does the dirt get washed AWAY?

    • Reply February 25, 2011

      Nino Marchetti

      Such is the question with concepts…details still need to be filled in before it comes to market.

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