Growing up, we slowly learned that certain things in life were essential to continue on living. Many of these things are quite fun, like getting exercise by playing outside or eating dinner. Other necessary tasks are not enjoyable, and we came to call these things “chores.” Cleaning the dishes after dinner, making your bed, taking out the trash, etc.
Us and generations before we were stuck with those dreaded chores, and thanks to human ingenuity, we eventually figured out how to automate these tasks. Our society started automating one of the most challenging jobs – Washing Clothes. By some calculations, the average housewife would need to fetch water 8-9 times in 1886 for washing clothes by hand. While some of the earliest forms of the washing machine took place as early as the 17th century, the process came to be fully automated with the advent of electricity in the 20th century.
The first automated washing machine came out in 1937 and completely changed the amount of time available to homeworkers & people without housekeepers everywhere. It’s hard to imagine the full impact on society this has when you think that some of the greatest achievements from humankind have been the result of people working off company hours and stay at home parents.
In the 21st century, we continue to automate more tasks, from vacuuming to cleaning the pool to even automated lawnmowers. However, one of the most dreadful cleaning tasks has yet to be automated, cleaning the bathroom. The dream of a self-cleaning bathroom has been there for quite some time. However, there hasn’t been the correct combination of chemical technologies, mechanical technologies, and simplicity to make a viable consumer product to achieve this task. Shine Bathroom’s first product, the Shine Bathroom Assistant, is our first step in conquering this chore of cleaning the bathroom for good.