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Some people use cups occasionally... Some uses it tad bit too often.
Cleaning unfinished cups is often a bone of contention worthy of an epic battle.
Since washing dishes is usually a once a day affair, cups will often stack up (since people don't always wash up their cups immediately after drinking).
This also often requires a massive cupboard of cups.
But these battles can be avoided partially with this device. Instead of stacking up old cups for washing on the washing machine or worse... by hand, maybe have a single device carrying between 1 to 5 cups at most.
The idea is that after usage, you place the cup upside down onto one of cup slots. It will then depending on usage and condition of the cup, either wash it with normal cold water, or give it a good 'boiling' steam pressure wash, which should get rid of most dirt in a typical cup.
These two settings will work for most dirty cups (water, choc drinks, soft drinks), but for later models, an optional detergent could be added perhaps for those super sticky substances that steam pressure washing cannot remove... but then maybe you might as well just actually wash the dammn thing then.
"fresh cup" cup cleaning machine
... baked... =.= well.. what about a consumer version then [mofosyne, Jul 25 2013]
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David Zelinker and Avi Kaftzan [pashute, Jul 29 2013]
||Devices like this have been used in bars for cleaning glasses for many years, and are Widely Known To Exist.
||some people think it's normal to wash up after every meal.
||In fact some people think it's normal to set out clean cups for every fresh pot of beverage.
||1/4 compared to manually, according to the video
||Out of interest, are other types of cup common
where you are?
||Freshcup is an Israeli invention by two guys who had
the exact same idea as you did, only they started 20
years ago, in 1993. It took him 5 years to get to
market. Surprisingly they were left alone for the
longest time, without competition.