The Innovation of the Dishwasher
A man named Joel Houghton had the idea of creating the very first dishwasher with its wooden hand-turned wheel in 1850 and patented it shortly thereafter. This so-called dishwasher was barely effective as it only sprayed water on the dishes. A more successful attempt was made by a woman named Josephine Cochrane, who came from considerable wealth. Even though she, herself, did not wash the dishes, she was determined to create a dishwasher that would decrease the chances of her servants breaking expensive crockery. Thus, she invented the first automatic dishwasher that consisted of a wooden wheel lying flat against copper boiler. Her innovation of the hand-operated mechanical dishwasher would be pivotal in starting the company, KitchenAid.