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Saturday, 25 October 2014


Exasperated with her staff’s ability to chip her fine china, Mrs. Josephine Cochran (March 8, 1839 - August 14, 1913) of Shelbyville, Illinois invented the first dishwasher with her mechanic employee, George Butters in 1886.

Josephine Cochran's dishwasher was manually operated and used a copper boiler outfitted with wire racks. Soapy water was sprayed through a hand pump, the rinse cycle involved pouring boiling water from a tea kettle and dishes were drip-dried. It could cope  with 200 dishes.

Josephine Cochran had expected the public to welcome the new invention, which she unveiled at the 1893 World's Fair, but only the hotels and large restaurants bought her idea.

American company Kitchen Aid introduced the electric dishwasher in 1949.

Source Daily Telegraph 

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