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An idea for an alternative cloth wringer Answered

I'm thinking about a new design for a cloth wringer like function. A product that will squeeze your cloth from water. Not pointing out any imperfections from a generic cloth wringer shown in the first picture but its just a thought of designing a new one since some say that the current mechanism of a cloth wringer doesn't do the job effectively or there is a separate need for a bucket for it to be attached.

Anyway, the design I'm thinking of is to solve any problems that is experienced by a normal cloth wringer.

I'm thinking of a new design that would include a tube that would let you insert your desired cloth and a separate cloth absorber that would absorb the water when you squeeze the tube. A picture of a tube would look like the second picture (taken from the internet, youtube aa product called "Easy Squeezy" by Vitility). However its mechanism isn't the same as the idea I have but its physical appearance is kind of the same. I can't make a new one since I still don't know how it would look like based on the mechanism I have in mind.

The Easy Squeezer's mechanism includes two separate tubes and you'll need to insert your cloth inside the inner tube and close it by another tube. Then you'll need to apply a force directly into the tube so you'll be able to squeeze out the water from your cloth. As shown from the youtube demonstration video (Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--tHZRMjk3Q)

Thus, an idea came up and the mechanism I have in mind is you'll need the tubes just like from the "Easy Squeezer" and a separate absorbing cloth (preferrably a microfiber one). Then, you'll need to roll your wet cloth along with the microfiber cloth and insert it into the tube. After you've inserted the two rolled clothes into the tubes the mechanism would allow you to create a twisting force into the tubes and ultimately squeeze most of the water from the wet cloth while preserving an uncreased cloth. Which is illustrated from the fourtth picture. Generally, you can do the twisting yourself even without the tubes but it would take a great effort to squeeze and make it a tedious job when you're going to do it for a large amount of wet clothes. The mechanism I have in mind is for the tubes' ability to translate a larger torque (or twisting moment) into the tubes while only having to exert little force. However, the problem is I don't know how to start in the design. Any ideas and suggestions on how to improve?


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1 year ago

I am not sure if it is patented but I have seen similar toys in the $2 shops down here.
Meant for camping and beach use to get your stuff dry before plaing it all in the car.
Unless it is just for your private joy you might want to check if your idea does not violate existing patents.

Having said that, I don't like any type of "wringer" as they produce just wrinkles everywhere.
Adding something to absord water makes it more complicated and works against the purpose - you want the water out and not pressit out of another cloth to dry another piece ;)
If I go camping then I just use a small net and a piece of cord . swing it around a few times and the water is out ;)
What you do with one piece at a time I do with the net with all clothes at once and less time.

The tube ide might sound good at first glance but have you ever tried to press or wring a full load of washing like this?
I would prefer two PVC tubes and just sit on it to press the water out, but that's just me.
Size does matter the same way as the work involved.
If it does not need far less force than doing it by hand or does not remove far more water than it is a waste of time.
So what you need first is the right size and mechanism.
If you check single packs for bigger drills then they come in similar tubes, a twist off "cap" that fits multiple lengths.
Since it is very hard to create a thread in a pipe you might want to try this idea:

Cutting three spiral slots into the tube will gve you a thread like function.
The angle of the spiral determines the screw pitch and how much force you need.
A lower angle means more pressure per twist while a steeper angle means you need more power to turn it for the same pressure.
Pins in the other tube run in these slots and complete your "screw".
Quite easy to do with PVC pipes and allow you to find the right sizes and thread pitch for your needs.
If great force is involved consider adding a matal support ring for the pins.

Air pressure...
Usually people only need these contraptions if not at home.
A similar compression can be done by using just air and a pump.
Pipe with holes at the bottom and tight cap at the top.
Inside a piston tube.
Air connection to the top drives the piston down and the water out.


Reply 1 year ago

I do understand the points you said regarding with the presence of an absorbing cloth being counterproductive. However, I just got the idea of it from this one since I tried it as well and using a towel (absorbing cloth) and it was pretty effective and it didn't wrinkle my clothes. However, there was one problem with it since the towel was pretty large twisting it was very tedious and required much of an effort. What my idea intends to do is to provide the towel's effectiveness while at the same time require less effort using some kind of mechanism. I don't know how the thing with the towel works but my idea is based of on it.

The idea you've mentioned using pressure is pretty impresive but I find it somehow complicated and making a prototype on it would be hard. Since I do not have equipments that could function the necessary processing requiremnts of the materials you've mentioned.


1 year ago

There is a product in the Czech Republic that like Downunder's net is essentially a plastic strainer that spins fabric dry by a little handle.. After all washing machines do a spin dry cycle, dont they..


Reply 1 year ago

They do but not all with good results.
Down here you can still find brand new and crappy toploaders that have a max spin speed of 600RPM.
What comes out there is good for many things but can't be called semi dry or ready to hang out.
My frontloader does 1600RPM and before the next load is finnished my washing on the line is already dry.
But as said, go camping or have a poerless cabin somewhere and you need simple options.