Bye Bye Laundry
by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

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London Design Festival: these clothes hangers by designer and recent graduate Lisa Marie Bengtsson use charcoal to soak up bad smells so clothes need washing less often (+ movie).

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

The Bye Bye Laundry clothes hangers are attached to a chamber of activated charcoal, a form of carbon that's been processed with oxygen to be exceptionally porous and absorbent.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

Odours from hanging clothes are gradually absorbed by the clumps of charcoal through a filter in the base of the chamber.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

"Sometimes we throw half-dirty clothes in the laundry basket because we don’t know where else to put them," says Bengtsson, explaining that the deodorising hangers can reduce water consumption by refreshing clothes between washes.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

The hangers were shown at 100% Design during London Design Festival, where Dezeen also hosted a series of talks with designers and experts including industrial designer Yves Behar.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

Bengtsson recently graduated from the Product Design course at Kingston University in London.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

Other innovative household projects we've featured on Dezeen include a hinged clothes iron by another Kingston graduate and a sewing machine that packs down flat for easy storage.

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Here's some more information from the designer:

Bye Bye Laundry is an object that reflects on our attitude towards dirt with aim to change our washing behavior by using less water. It proposes an alternative solution to freshen up clothes with water, by using activated charcoal to take out smells instead. Today we wash our clothes much more than needed and it harms both the clothes and the planet. I want to raise awareness to this issue and prevent clothes being thrown in the washing machine rapidly.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

There is a moment between clean and unclean clothes that has got very little attention. Sometimes we throw half-dirty clothes in the laundry basket too often because we don’t know where else to put them. I saw an opportunity for a piece including activated charcoal that creates a place for clothes that have been worn but are not necessarily ready to be washed.

Bye Bye Laundry by Lisa Marie Bengtsson

Each hanger has a glass chamber of ultra-porous activated charcoal and through a filter in the wooden base, the charcoal absorbs odours from the clothes and helps keep them fresh. The activated charcoal need not touch the clothes to function and it takes a few days for the charcoal to absorbs the odour from the clothes. The activated charcoal in the glass chamber is carbon that has been treated with oxygen. The treatment results in a highly porous charcoal. These tiny holes give the charcoal a surface area of 300-2,000 m2/g, allowing liquids or gases to pass through the charcoal and interact with the exposed carbon. It has a great ability to absorb noxious gases and therefore act as a deodorant and an odour remover.

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  • Zazous

    Sorry but I’m not convinced.

  • Manuel

    Does this stop the clothes from smelling or stop your room smelling of your dirty clothes?

  • name

    Design should not be disgusting.

  • Sasha

    Awesome! Inspiring!

  • Angi

    Not particularly pretty since a piece of charcoal in the corner of the wardrobe would also do the job and use less space!

  • cleaner than u think

    But its a stupid idea!! Charcoal is not a vacuum! Only a filthy idiot would even consider this!

    I expect them to be a whirlwind success in the ‘civilised’ west!

    Washing??? I’ll just rub my arse and armpits with ‘activated’ charcoal!!

  • Fra

    The idea is not bad. Why you are so negative?

  • megansteel70

    It looks like a fabulous idea! Still, I have some suspicions. When the charcoal ‘soaks up’ the bad smell, it doesn’t do anything for the cleanliness of the fabric. I still think washing the clothes is better!

    • Julie G

      Yeah, I don’t think it removes bacteria, which is what causes odour, right?