06/28/2012 06:33 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Man Invents Personal Underwear Washing Machine


China's dirty underwear has a new person (and machine) to fear.

For the past five years, Mr. Li, a taxi driver in the city of Chongqing, a major city in Southwest China, has been building and honing his greatest invention: an underwear cleaning machine. And now, the Chinese Government has made Mr. Li's dreams come true by awarding him a patent for the device.

The machine that cost less than $1,000 U.S. dollars to build washes pairs of underwear individually in under a minute using a piston mechanism. The mechanism, which works like a hand operated electric generator, requires only water, washing powder and a manual spin and then voilà: clean underwear.

While this may seem tedious to some, for Chinese women, it may be the answer to a centuries old prayer. Traditionally in China, undergarments are washed separately from other clothing, out of conservative principles.

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