Unitasker Wednesday: Hygienic Dishcloth Store

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

This week’s unitasker selection comes to us from Britain. Since I have never been to the Isles (only the neighboring continent), I must assume that this device exists in Britain because they do not have washing machines or microwaves. It must be a land lost in time and technological development, and therefore have need for the Hygienic Dishcloth Store:

Though, Unclutterer writer Jacki Hollywood Brown who lives in Britain swears to me they do have washing machines and microwaves. In fact, she says she tosses her dishcloths and sponges into them all the time to clean and disinfect them. She even said it takes the exact same amount of time as it does in the US! She puts a wet sponge or dishcloth in the microwave for two minutes, waits for it to cool, and then uses it to clean because it’s free of mold, mildew, and 99.9 percent of bacteria. Just like I do! There’s an ocean between us, yet we can both kill germs the same way … allegedly.

Inspecting the product description a little more closely, we were both bummed to read that the device requires a “sterilising tablet” to work. So, in addition to the £9.99 price tag for the unit, you also have the ongoing expense of buying tablets to go with it.

However, I was quite intrigued to learn the Hygienic Dishcloth Store is freezer safe. Why? Why does it need to be freezer safe? What is it about Britain that a dishcloth sanitizing unit should be freezable? In this case, being a Canadian by birth, Jacki was not British enough to know what that reason might be. We may never know …

10 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Hygienic Dishcloth Store”

  1. posted by Hazel on

    Just a thought here… we Britons are a resourceful people and so maybe the pot is marked freezer safe so that we can put it to other purposes, some of which might involve freezing. Oh, but that would turn it into a multitasker!
    No, I don’t have one, and I can’t really think why I would want one, or what other tasks I would put it to.

  2. posted by Carol on

    It’s from Lakeland, home of millions of gadgets you never knew existed, let alone that you might want them! Avoid at all costs if you are trying to declutter :D

  3. posted by Pat Reble on

    Strange. It’s supposed to be a dish washing cloth (who used one of those any time after dish washing brushes were invented?) but that looks like a bathroom sink? Worse still, I looked at the Lakeland site and now I want one of these… http://www.lakeland.co.uk/2419.....t-Scrubber (oh, and you can trade in your dish washing cloth for a Flower Power dish brush while you’re there!

  4. posted by Stella on

    Gosh, i’m British and i’m tempted to buy one!!!! My friend D. stores his dish cloth in a plastic caddy designed to hold utensils – when I visit I can’t help wondering if its full of bacteria. I guess i’m the type of consumer this item is aimed at – neurotic ones ;0)

  5. posted by Anna on

    Stella, that’s brilliant! Obviously, the device is designed to contain the bacteria, so none are left on the dishcloth! Of course!

  6. posted by Anna on

    Oh, but then you would need another unitasker to get rid of the bacteria accumulating in the device….

  7. posted by Happy Mum on

    Right then — I’ve never chimed in on Unitaskers before, but I feel I must. (1) I think many fewer homes in UK than in US have microwaves. (2) Fewer homes have washing machines. (3) This looks like a tidy, self-contained, not-outrageously-expensive device for bleaching / sterilizing your dishcloth. I say it’s not ridiculous. (And btw I want a magnetic scrubber too.)

  8. posted by Anna on

    @Happy Mum: Despite living in the US, I have neither a microwave nor a washing machine. I do, however, have a stove, pots of various sizes, and water that can be boiled, to sterilize things in the good old-fashioned way.

  9. posted by Carolyn on

    I am quite thankful that we don’t have a Lakeland in the States. I went to the site and fell in. Too many goodies for my own good.

  10. posted by Jody on

    If I was too use such a thing, it would be for the cloth rags I use in conjunction with cloth diapers/nappies. Except they’re singly use them wash, so all it would so is keep them warm, and who knows what’s in those tablets!

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