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Post# 272542   3/28/2008 at 08:54 (3,828 days old) by oldhouseman ()        

I saw this in one of the London newspapers today. This is certainly a combination that I would have never thought of. I wonder if it is really available or just a mock up idea to see what the reaction of the public would be? The unit is designed to use water from doing a load of clothes to flush the toilet. The article didn't give details regarding the abilities of the unit or the maker. Bad reporting really on those points. Has anyone else seen this unit?

Post# 272546 , Reply# 1   3/28/2008 at 09:08 (3,828 days old) by brant_ix ()        
That's Disgusting!!!

... Resourceful... but Disgusting!

Post# 272558 , Reply# 2   3/28/2008 at 10:55 (3,828 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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It would be easier to have a standard machine dump water into a cistern into the basment and have a pump move it UP to to the toilet........

Catalina Island (Part of Los Angeles, California) uses piped-in SALT-WATER from the ocean with which to flush toilets.

Post# 272565 , Reply# 3   3/28/2008 at 11:41 (3,828 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        

A combined washer/dryer/toilet/bidet! How very Ideal Home. Don't think I will be getting one just yet!!!!!!!!!!!

Post# 272566 , Reply# 4   3/28/2008 at 11:42 (3,828 days old) by hoovermatic (UK)        

gives a whole new meaning to washing your smalls, or large in some cases

Post# 272585 , Reply# 5   3/28/2008 at 13:21 (3,828 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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Sign in pub in Ireland:

English spoken.
American understood.

~gives a whole new meaning to washing your smalls.

Sadly, I need a trans-atlantic translation, please!

Post# 272590 , Reply# 6   3/28/2008 at 13:39 (3,828 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        

"smallclothes" = underwear.


Post# 272591 , Reply# 7   3/28/2008 at 13:41 (3,828 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
As for the idea itself--

I think flushing with laundry water is a great idea! The contraption above does not look particulalry comfortable, however. (I read).


Post# 272593 , Reply# 8   3/28/2008 at 13:54 (3,828 days old) by cleanteamofny ((Monroe, New York)        

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My imagination is running wild, so I think I better opt out and keep it to myself!

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Post# 272597 , Reply# 9   3/28/2008 at 14:38 (3,828 days old) by mrx ()        

Well, if it went out of balance while on the spin cycle as you were sitting on the toilet it wouldn't be much fun!

Post# 272600 , Reply# 10   3/28/2008 at 15:05 (3,828 days old) by funguy10 ()        

How would you flush the toilet when you weren't doing laundry? Also, if the flush water has the laundry detergent in it, it would clean the toilet!

Post# 272637 , Reply# 11   3/28/2008 at 17:21 (3,827 days old) by brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        
Hand Basin Cistern Combo's

Over here there are a few companies marketing a Washbasin/Cistern Combo.

When you wash your hands, the basin drains into the cistern, and once it's full, any overflow runs through the pan.

I havent seen one that is OEM to the Cistern, but they're available as addons. It seems like a good way to reuse greywater.

Post# 272659 , Reply# 12   3/28/2008 at 19:10 (3,827 days old) by thor (Buenos Aires)        

Maybe it also saves water by working the other way around, water flushed from the toilet goes straight into the washer! OMG!

Post# 272672 , Reply# 13   3/28/2008 at 20:14 (3,827 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
One Must Try To Understand

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Anyone who has travelled through Europe,knows there are all sorts of toilet arrangements, which strike Amercians as either odd, or downright "disgusting", never the less exsist.

For instance there still many homes and hotels with commodes right in the bedroom. Not off an alcove or hidden behind a screen but right in the room, not that far from the bed.

Considering how many European homes have washing machines installed in bathrooms, some not more than a half meter away from the toilet, not sure if mounting the appliance above the same is any more "gross".

One must always remember many, many homes, apartments in Europe are created in buildings years if not hundreds of years old. Space is always dear, especially in high cost cities like Paris, London and so forth. Therefore everything must "fit" just so. There are many who given the choice of living in a small but decent flat in London, Paris, Berlin or whatever with being able to have a washing machine, even if it is mounted over the loo, would jump at the chance.

As the saying goes: don't knock it until you've tried it.


Post# 272704 , Reply# 14   3/28/2008 at 22:25 (3,827 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

Can you imagine how many small items would be accidentally dropped into the toilet when unloading the washer? 'Cuz you know guys won't ever bother to put the lid down.

Post# 272708 , Reply# 15   3/28/2008 at 22:36 (3,827 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
You thiink MEN are slobs? HA!

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In my mother's house, there was no mercy. If we guys had to remember to lift the seat before use, the females had to lower it before use. Too bad. Pay attention. Fall in once or twice and learn your lesson. LOL. End of story!

Having been yelled at (once or twice) for missing with my aim, I learned to leave the seat up when the underside was---er--- uh stained red. Strangely, there were few if any complaints after that!

Post# 272720 , Reply# 16   3/28/2008 at 23:43 (3,827 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
WAAAAAAAY To Much Information!

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Post# 272890 , Reply# 17   3/29/2008 at 18:48 (3,826 days old) by spankomatic (Ukiah,CA)        
Can you imagine how many small items would be accidentally d

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This event is then called the pre-wash.

Post# 272905 , Reply# 18   3/29/2008 at 21:02 (3,826 days old) by phillygrl ()        

It is a concept design from the Greener Gadgets Design competition. Laundress hit the nail right on the head on the reasoning for needing this combination, fitting things in small spaces. See the link for more details.


Post# 272912 , Reply# 19   3/29/2008 at 22:23 (3,826 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Why "Disgusting"?

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To use wash or rinse water to flush the loo, which is what this machine does? Is anyone's waste so precious it requires pure water (perhaps from an Alpine spring) to flush it down the pan?

In many parts of the world, fresh water is a rare and precious thing. Indeed within the United States, there are places that are facing serious water shortage problems, and may get worse.

Considering how well some front loaders rinse, especially when proper detergents are used and dosed correctly, the final rinse water is pretty much "clean". Know in my Miele the rinse water is clear usually after the third rinse, therefore the fourth and fifth rinse are not only unrequired, but could be seen as wasting water.

People living in drought areas have been known to rig up all sorts of systems to save every drop possible of water that can be put to other purposes.

Post# 272922 , Reply# 20   3/30/2008 at 00:42 (3,826 days old) by spankomatic (Ukiah,CA)        

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I think it looks like a slot machine. Not sure if I would want the jack pot though...

Post# 272924 , Reply# 21   3/30/2008 at 01:16 (3,826 days old) by tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Hot wash water would clean the bowl and the hot water in the bowl would warm the seat. The cold first rinse water would be tempered by the heat from the hot wash so that could be the water for the bidet with enough force from the pump to be a power douche or enema if required. The vibration from the spin would shake the tushie dry. The two recesses on either side of the seat give a leverage point for the elbows when bracing for pushing. For those who wish to sit so that they can watch the performance, there are the knobs at the top of each recess to provide leverage in the other direction. I wonder if you have to stand on the seat cover to reach the dispenser drawer?

Post# 273358 , Reply# 22   4/1/2008 at 19:26 (3,823 days old) by hilovane (Columbus OH)        

This looks more like something you'd more likely expect to see at a Japanese consumer products fair...

Post# 273497 , Reply# 23   4/2/2008 at 15:24 (3,823 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        
Lesson one: unload washer ASAP.

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I'm thinking:

One good purge complete with stink-bombs below and one must re-wash the smalls above.

Post# 273511 , Reply# 24   4/2/2008 at 17:14 (3,822 days old) by nmaineman36 ()        

This thread is funny....Power Douche? OMG I got a good laugh...and when it stinks its called a courtesy flush...and if you have to do that and if you have a cat like I do that tries to "bury" the toilet...nuff

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