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CURRENT ISSUES:

unorganized storage

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high bottle count

horrible toxic chemicals

empty bottles discarded

CITRON CLEANERS - A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO HOME CLEANING project length: 8 weeks


COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

“I worry about using chemicals around my toddlers and pets. There’s just something about it that doesn’t feel right.”

“Natural cleaners make me feel better. But I still hate throwing away an empty bottle.”


JUST THE FACTS EFFECTS ON NATURE 66%

66% of streams across america contain disinfectants

EFFECTS ON HUMANS

air inside a typical home is

200-500%

more polluted due to toxic cleaners

toxic cleaners can cause respiratory irritation, skin issues, as well as long term effects such as cancer

LET’S RETHINK

DESIGN OPPORTUNITY for sustainable cleaning

Let’s create a


WHAT IF YOU MIXED YOUR OWN CLEANING SOLUTION AT HOME?


WHAT HOME PRODUCTS ARE NATURAL CLEANING AGENTS?

HOW MANY TYPES OF CLEANERS DO YOU NEED?

All Purpose Spray

Metals Spray

Stone Spray

Abrasive scrub

ceramic walls windows / glass plastics

chrome stainless steel

marble stone granite

powder mix used for scum and grime


IDEATION: general form

narro

w to grip

can’t

have

wide

mout

h

must have a long narrow neck before the wide mouth

wide mouth bottles are easy to don’t require a funnel

and

traditional sprayers don’t work with wide mouth openings


opens like salt.. . awkward shap e and material must ch ange storable funnel? to you’d have rise it out, not a super ss simple proce

PRESSURIZED BOTTLE only takes 5 pumps to spray a tub rather than 40 (typical spray bottle) - external handle allows for a wide mouth opening

top must have a large base

on another opening ?? the bottle itself

is there a different spray method


HANDLE ITERATION

Grip Width 3.1”-3.9” (men) 2.7”-3.3” (women)

Finger Clearance 1.0” minimum Grip Diameter 1.25”-1.5”

Knuckle Clearance 1.5” minimum

bulge gives more mass to grip & makes you feel more secure


BUTTON ITERATION

Decided to go with a rotational push button that works with the thumbs natural radial movement. It is comfortable to push and well located.

NOZZLE ITERATION

User testing showed people typically spray in a similar pattern. To reduce “double spraying” the nozzle’s shape became a tall, skinny rectangle.

odd overlap

excess overlap

minimal overlap


LOOK & FEEL EXPLORATION

Soft touch

Sleek & clean cut

Modern & minimal

welcomes the hand feels good to use

curve makes it inviting and comfortable

new trend to clean with chemical-free cleaning product is minimal itself


PROFILE IDEATION

form with the

SIDE PROFILES simple shape & watch edge condition

FRONT PROFILES

to ’t need doesn ound be r

TOP PROFILES

should be obvious where spray comes out


SPRAY BOTTLE

markings on side for easy


DESIGNING FOR DISASSEMBLY

Pump: S

Lid: S

I

I

button snaps in

Button: S

I

Gasket: S

I

straw screws into pump

Straw: Bottle: P

B

S Santoprene: A thermoplastic rubber compound, varies in flexibility and is good for grips.

P

B

P PET: A thermoplastic polyester that can withstand internal pressure and is recyclable.

B Blow Molding Best used for hollow, thin walled forms. It has a very rapid time cycle.

I Injection Molding This process can be used to make bulk forms and has a low unit cost.


ABRASIVE POWDER BOTTLE

needs more grip space

too small closed position

round out the form

not tall enough

shake

pour

WHAT FORM SHOULD THE KNOB BE? The three sections of the lid led to a three-sided knob, which also worked well ergonomically. Tested scale on various hand sized to determine the best proportions.

good ergonomic grip that works with a 3 part cap


4 PART CLEANING SET - SPRAY & ABRASIVE POWDER


BASKET CONCEPT

#1 extra storage space

bottles go in the corners

air holes

USER RESEARCH SHOWED: The basket should have a more flexible organization system such that it could be reused for another purpose, it should be as compact as possible (less shelf space), and the handle should be friendly and fun.

encourage rag cleaning by creating an easy drying solution


BASKET CONCEPT

#2

er small curved walls relates to bottle

size


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