Dishcloth Caddy

Final Design
Final Design

We worked with medical device reprocessing technician Nancy Norell to design an efficient and effective way to sanitize dishcloths.

Dish Cloth Caddy
Early Prototyping
Early Prototyping

One of the early prototypes was a roughly sculpted clay model. This allowed for rapid design ideas and changes.

Cornwall Art Bench with paper
3D CAD Modelling
3D CAD Modelling

Promising early prototypes were mocked up as 3D models for further testing and improvements.

Cornwall Art Bench with paper
Printing and Testing
Printing and Testing

Successful models were 3D printed and underwent thorough product and user testing.

Cornwall Art Bench with paper
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Animation showing the Dishcloth Caddy.

The Challenge

Nancy Norell, a medical device reprocessing (MDR) technician at a hospital’s sterilizing department, observed that common methods for disinfecting cloths and sponges are often inefficient. Dirty dishcloths have been linked to unacceptable levels of bacteria like Enterobacteriaceae, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria. As a result, Nancy wanted to create a device to improve dishcloth disinfection.

Nancy noticed that dirty dishcloths are often put in the dishwasher or microwave, but would still come out looking or smelling dirty. In the dishwasher this was because cloths are often draped across racks or dishes in a manner that is not efficient for sterilization. Using the microwave works for cleaning the cloths, but may present safety hazards (the rags are hot and can catch fire). Other solutions like boiling cloths or soaking them in diluted bleach are time consuming and present room for error.

Our Process

The Beyonds worked with Nancy to research existing solutions, provide intellectual property strategy support, and design the final product. We determined the optimal solution involved improving the dishwasher method by decreasing room for human error and improving sanitation efficiency.

Early Prototyping

After initial brainstorming and research, we began the process of prototyping. Early versions included clay sculpts, 2D drawings, and 3D mockups.

CAD Modelling

Promising prototypes were rendered into 3D CAD models for further testing and improvements.

3D Printing

Various CAD models were 3D printed for physical and user testing until we had a user-ready version.

The Solution

Made of one hinged piece, the Dishcloth Caddy makes sanitizing dishcloths fast and easy:

  • Fits in most dishwashers
  • Holds up to 12 inch cloths
  • Easy to use
  • Heat tolerant
  • Lightweight

Simply put the dirty cloth into the caddy, and the caddy into the dishwasher with your regular detergent. No need to spend time or money on extra materials or processes.

After creating the product, we helped the legal team file for patent application with detailed descriptions and reference drawings. We also helped with marketing by designing a sell sheet.

Dishcloth Caddy sell sheet we designed

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