The Spin Cycle Off-Grid Washing Machine was designed to make doing laundry more time-saving and cost-effective in developing countries.
The Spin Cycle is a simple construction consisting of a drum and a metal frame. It gets mounted over the back wheel of the bicycle.
When pedaled, the back wheel powers the rotation of the drum With a bit of water and detergent this contraption starts a simple but efficient washing machine cycle. Each load takes about 10 minutes to get washed.
Spin Cycle was created by a product design student Richard Hewitt. In 2010 he was visiting a children orphanage in Burundi (Central Africa).
After having to wash around 30 loads of children’s clothes by hand, he decided to come up with a less time-consuming way to do laundry. Several iterations of the product later, Spin Cycle was born.
It can be used as a stationary washing machine in households. Or it can help create micro-enterprises, where an individual travels to a clients house, does laundry using Spin Cycle and earns money. Africa’s first laundry service using Spin Cycle was already launched in Burundi.