high bottle count
horrible toxic chemicals
empty bottles discarded
CITRON CLEANERS - A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO HOME CLEANING project length: 8 weeks
“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
more polluted due to toxic cleaners
toxic cleaners can cause respiratory irritation, skin issues, as well as long term effects such as cancer
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
ceramic walls windows / glass plastics
chrome stainless steel
marble stone granite
powder mix used for scum and grime
IDEATION: general form
w to grip
must have a long narrow neck before the wide mouth
wide mouth bottles are easy to don’t require a funnel
traditional sprayers don’t work with wide mouth openings
opens like salt.. . awkward shap e and material must ch ange storable funnel? to youâ€™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
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
Decided to go with a rotational push button that works with the thumbs natural radial movement. It is comfortable to push and well located.
User testing showed people typically spray in a similar pattern. To reduce “double spraying” the nozzle’s shape became a tall, skinny rectangle.
LOOK & FEEL EXPLORATION
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
form with the
SIDE PROFILES simple shape & watch edge condition
to ’t need doesn ound be r
should be obvious where spray comes out
markings on side for easy
DESIGNING FOR DISASSEMBLY
button snaps in
straw screws into pump
Straw: Bottle: P
S Santoprene: A thermoplastic rubber compound, varies in flexibility and is good for grips.
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
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
#1 extra storage space
bottles go in the corners
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
er small curved walls relates to bottle
Published on Dec 5, 2013