18/04/2013 06:15 BST | Updated 18/06/2013 06:12 BST

Your Next Washing Machine Might Not Use Water


Your next washing machine might not use water.

According to Engadget, LG is currently working on a device which can clean your clothes as well as a normal washer-drier - but doesn't need water to do it.

The invention could dramatically reduce water wastage in the home.

The Korean company has not yet announced what the machine will be called - or even how it will work.

It is also unclear if it would be truly waterless, or just use steam instead of liquid water.

Engadget says that it's still in the "early stages" of development, and might not necessarily make an appearance until CES, if then.

But it does point out that an already existing LG machine does go halfway to the waterless future. The LG Styler is a recently announced gadget which is able to use steam to reduce wrinkles and odors, and can freshen your clothes without expensive dry cleaning.

Announced at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, the Styler "can refresh and deodorise multiple fabrics, from shirts, sweaters and ties, to suits and thick winter coats, so they stay wearable longer, limiting sometimes expensive dry-cleaning" according said Seong-jin Jo, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Applicance Company.

Indeed, the idea is not itself new.

Back in March the Forum for the Future looked at the impact a waterless machine could make.

In 2010 a Leeds-based company announced its own 'waterless' machine which used plastic beads to suck up stains, and was said to cut water usage by 90%.

As for the waterless washing machine itself, we'll have to wait and see - but for the sake of every student without the energy to travel to a laudrette, let's hope it happens sooner rather than later.