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Finally, dishes that clean themselves (yes, really)

No more disputes on who will wash the dishes!

Wash the dishes? What is this, 2013?

The worst part of eating a delicious home-cooked meal is the ominous mountain of dirty dishes which awaits you afterwards. We’ve often found ourselves dreaming of crockery that cleans itself, and now we may have exactly that.

Swedish design company Tomorrow Machine has created what could essentially be the greatest innovation in the kitchen since sliced bread.

The secret behind the design of the self-washing tableware comes in their coating. Developed by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the chemicals replicate the effects of a lotus leaf. As the company explains in their website, “The plate and cup have a superhydrofobic coating and therefore rejects dirt, like a lotus leaf. This means that it never needs washing.”

The materials used to manufacture the plates are not only cheaper, but they’ll also save you money on water and cleaning chemicals as well.

“It repels water, dirt, and oil almost like a magnet, so you don’t have to use anything to clean it off. The technology is being developed to be as sustainable and chemical-free as possible and more durable, which means that we can use it for purposes like the plate in the future,” said Hanna Billqvist, one of the designers at Tomorrow Machine in an interview with Fast CoExist.

The idea came to fruition when the designers and researchers were asked by the Swedish Forest Industries Federation to think of possible uses for tree-based cellulose. The result of course is more promising than anyone could have ever wished for since it doesn’t only simplify life in the kitchen but it does so in a sustainable, cheap and eco-friendly way.

Although the coating is still in the development phase, Tomorrow Machine hopes to have the product ready for market soon.

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