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Dishwashing Aid

Jack’s problem was that he found it hard to wash his dishes with only one hand, as he was unable to hold them in place and scrub them simultaneously. He had the idea of using a double-sided suction pad which would adhere to the bottom of the sink on one side and the plate on the other, thus holding the plate in place while he scrubbed.

Jack only has the use of one arm since he had a stroke 23 years ago. He lives on his own and cooks for himself, although he has Home Care assistance with cleaning.

Jack’s problem was that he found it hard to wash his dishes with only one hand, as he was unable to hold them in place and scrub them simultaneously. He had the idea of using a double-sided suction pad which would adhere to the bottom of the sink on one side and the plate on the other, thus holding the plate in place while he scrubbed.

TAD Volunteer, Hugh Abel, a retired industrial chemist, was given the task of finding an adhesive that would survive endless washing.

In the end, Hugh was not able to find a glue-related solution, so he recommended clipping the two pieces together using stainless steel eyelets. Jeff then completed this and it has been worked fine.

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