Women’s History Month: Josephine Cochrane

Most people don’t enjoy the chore of washing dishes. In the 19th century, one woman created a new way to clean them!

Josephine Cochrane was a wealthy woman. Cochrane didn’t wash dishes herself, but wanted her servants to get done washing dishes faster without damaging them. No such piece of equipment existed in 1886, so she made one herself.

The dishwasher involved a measured tray, boiler, and hot soapy water. It became a hit with her friends and was quickly requested by many.

Cochrane later founded a company that would later become part of Kitchenaid and Whirlpool.


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