The woman has not cleaned for decades, as she came up with a house that cleans itself…

House cleaning is one of the most thankless routine activities. Is it possible not to clean your house? This is who likes to live in what conditions. But, it turns out, it is possible to live in cleanliness, even without being engaged in restoring order! Frances Gabe lived in the small Oregon town of Newburgh. Frances graduated from the Polytechnic College with an external degree – it was back in the late 1920s, when such an education was considered a huge rarity for women.

The girl was enthusiastically engaged in physics and chemistry, she liked technology. Almost immediately after college, Frances got married and had children. But she was not one of those who devoted all her time only to her family, and took up the construction business, specializing in the restoration of destroyed houses. Of course, it was hard, I had to literally be torn between home and work.

And when Frances divorced her husband, who was used to getting by with short-term part-time jobs, it became even more difficult to cope with homework. And that’s when this talented woman had an incredible idea: to make her house self-cleaning. Even now it sounds like fiction, but Frances successfully carried out her plan in the middle of the twentieth century. What did she do to make her house self-cleaning? I had to change almost everything.

Frances installed huge windows everywhere, and turned the walls on one side of the house into honeycomb walls. A lot of small windows connected by concrete partitions and sealed with organic glass are made in the honeycomb wall. Thanks to such a large number of windows, and especially due to the presence of honeycomb walls, the house looks like a beehive from the outside, and inside it is very bright and spacious.

Frances used some of the small windows in the honeycomb wall as a kind of shelves and frames, placing decorative gizmos in them. Of course, these are not all the changes that this talented woman has envisaged. She installed a special plumbing system in the house, placing diffusers on the ceiling. Water was pumped into this pipeline along with a soap solution.

Now the whole cleaning was reduced to getting to the taps and turning them, opening the water – the water under pressure washed absolutely everything. But what happened next, where did the water go? In order for the water to go away by itself, the floors in the house also had to be redone. The floors are made with a slope, and in all corners in each room there is a drain for water. Washing away all the dirt, the water ran through the drains into a small pond located next to the house.

The floor surface was covered with a special resin that repels water and does not allow it to be absorbed. But that’s not all. In all the rooms, Frances placed special drying devices that supply hot air. When everything was over with washing, you just had to turn the other valves that activate the dryer. By the way, the furniture also needed a new one – made of materials that are not afraid of moisture.

And everything that can deteriorate from contact with water – paintings, documents, and the like – the woman sealed in plastic. The system was thought out to the smallest detail and organized brilliantly! Even cupboards for dishes and clothes performed the functions of both washing and drying machines: first, water with soap solution was started in them, and then drying was turned on. And there was no need to clean the fireplace now!

A drain was made there, through which all the ash was flushed into the sewer, and then everything was dried with hot air. It remained only to rekindle the fire. Unfortunately, in 2001, the self-cleaning house was damaged by an earthquake and ceased to function. A few years after that, Frances Gabe moved to live in a nursing home. She died at the age of 101, having outlived her husband, children and even some grandchildren.

I wonder if this woman’s life expectancy was affected by the fact that she did not do cleaning? Although I think the arrangement of such a house took no less time, but for her as an engineer it was not a burden, but on the contrary it gave her pleasure. That’s all friends, and what do you think about such an unusual house. Who knows, maybe with modern technology, such a solution could solve the cleaning problem.

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