How to get just the right amount of plastic wrap off of the box without it ripping or clinging to itself is a challenge that we’ve all faced. For those who have better things to do with their time than attempt to unravel that, there is Kronholm. This particular dispenser is made of ABS plastic and actually has some sharp teeth for cutting through plastic wrap. In addition, it’s easy to clean and assemble. Kronholm also ups the ante on aesthetic, looking sleeker than most other plastic dispensers. This is hardly the first company to try to make a better plastic wrap dispenser. Jimbox is one case in point. For those who would like to get away from the plastic wrap scene and go for lids instead, check out the Silicon Lid campaign. This campaign seeks to raise kr60,000 (~$10,300) by December 3, 2014. For kr 250 DDK (~$42) backers get one product with an expected delivery of March 2015.
Eggs and toast can be one of the most satisfying breakfasts. But the amount of time it takes to cook scrambled eggs combined with all the preparation means that most people can only enjoy them on the weekends. EZ Scramble aims to change that. Made of flexible, FDA grade silicone, the microwavable gadget holds up to four eggs. One beaten egg fits in each pocket, and it takes one minute for each egg to cook. Eggs are actually healthier when cooked in this way because it’s not necessary to use any oil or butter, and they still turn out light and fluffy.
While it is possible to cook eggs in a microwave using a glass bowl, the cooked on mess is a real pain to deal with when it’s time to clean up. The silicone holder apparently prevents that, and it’s dishwasher safe too. This campaign seeks to raise $10,000 by November 20, 2014. Backers can get their very own EZ Scrambler for $15, with an expected delivery of February 2015.
The Premise. Those who detest doing the dishes often see an automatic dishwasher as one of the best inventions since electricity. While it’s no longer necessary to stand at the sink and do the washing and rinsing, it’s still necessary to load and unload the dishwasher. And as busy as life gets, it can be easy to forget when the dishes are clean verses when they are dirty.
The Product. Cleandicator is a device that lets the user know when the dishes in the dishwasher are clean and when they are dirty. Basically, a bright blue floatation devise rises up into the clear cover when the dishes are clean, creating an easy-to-notice visual for the user. The flotation device remains down when they are dirty. The device activates when water from the dishwashing cycle gets inside of the gadget. It appears to require a reset after each use.
The Pitch. While one might initially question how Cleandicator can actually be manufactured with only the requested $500 goal, backers may want to keep in mind that the only material that presently seems to be needed to create this product is the plastic. The injection mold is already built and the creators seem to have the support of the Metcalfe company. It is also unknown to what other resources the product creators may have access that will help with the creation of the product.
The Perks. This campaign doesn’t offer as many tiers as most, but backers are able to get one product for $15. Expected delivery is December 2014.
The Potential. If this product is as effective as it appears is should be, certainly any household with an automatic dishwasher would find it useful. It appears that the product fits most commercial dishwashers in the consumer marketplace. The product seems like it is easy enough to use and able to be quickly and easily observed in regard to whether or not dishes are dirty or clean. Perhaps the biggest challenge will be for whoever empties the dishwasher to remember to reset the product once a new wash cycle is started. That being said, it’s unclear if this particular product is going to be any more effective than using magnets or sticky notes, or in some cases, the built-in mechanism that many of the newer models have for helping users to remember whether or not the dishwasher has been run or not, but it does seem to have some potential.
Small children plus mealtime means that food will inevitably end up on the floor. How much food depends on the plate. That’s where Adi comes in. The suction cup on the bottom sticks to most any surface, and is designed in such a way that only parental fingers can release it. While this won’t completely eliminate the mess that falls from table to floor, the family dog may be willing to help out from time to time. After that, it’s about teaching older siblings how to use a mop or broom and dustpan – because that’s what older kids are for, right? Backers get one plate for $20, a potentially small improvement to mealtime sanity, and an expected delivery of March 2015.
When families get together, it seems that most everyone ends up in the kitchen. Maybe it’s because that’s where the food is, but CorkNet will give people another reason to gather there — especially if table tennis is the family passion. The cork wedges work as a heat absorption item for hot pots and pans, and when the meal is over, doubles as the net for table tennis right at the kitchen table. While a person can choose to easily store it or transport it anywhere, a cork net may mean more effort to retrieve those “net balls.” But then that’s what kids are for, right? Backers can get theirs for £20, with an expected delivery of October 2014.
For those who haven’t taken advantage of the modern conveniences of a dishwasher and garbage disposal, Sink Pro aims to add convenience to kitchen clean-up after meals. The sink strainer takes an age old idea and attempts to remake it into something new and improved with a peaked center that seems to come up higher than the average sink strainer. But at $25, many will want to purchase off-peak. Sink Pro’s expected delivery is November 2015.
It seems that potato chips make for one of the perfect casual party hors d’oeuvres. And for those who find putting them it a bowl to be too boring, Stack Up offers a unique way to present them that will likely even make for a good icebreaking conversation piece. Though there is likely only one brand of chip that is going to work with this interesting potato chip holder, it does come in several color choices for bringing additional flair and stack status to the table. Of course, if leftovers are going to be kept, they’ll have to be put back in the can in order to stay fresh. For €19, backers get two stackers with an expected delivery of November 2014.
Who knew that eating clams for dinner could inspire an ergonomic kitchen cleaning item, but that’s exactly how KlampShell had its beginnings. Scrubbing pots, pans, countertops and kitchen floors can take its toll on fingers, especially when there aren’t any kids available to whom such tasks can be delegated. So the kitchen cleaning and scrubbing tool grips dish cloths, steel wool, scouring pads and other cleaning items, and can even be used to scoop up the uneatable scraps from food prep. For $25, backers get one medium-sized product and an expected delivery of October 2014.
Finding storage space for a bulky colander (or strainer) is a common kitchen challenge, especially if a person likes to enjoy the option of having boiled foods on the road via a camper or RV. The RMDLO (Armadillo) Colander (or strainer) is a unique solution made of stainless steel sheets that fold up to 1.6cm for easy storage, and can be easily squeezed together for pouring food onto a plate. Prefer steamed veggies to boiled? It can also act as a steamer. While there are other folding colanders out there, the Armadillo’s stainless steel and steamer capability will make it more versatile, and it also seems to fold up smaller. For £20, backers get one product with an expected delivery of October 2014.
Perhaps the worst part about doing the dishes is the gross stuff that gathers in the sink (although, that can be nothing compared to the bathtub drain). So Tweak offers an option for each that allows for a person to avoid touching (much of) the offending the slime while still getting it removed. The thermoplastic drain filtering material is flexible and has a raised portion that just gets pinched together (or tweaked of one prefers) to scoop and lift out the nasty stuff. It then gets held over the garbage can so it can be cleanly flipped – no touching, banging on the side, or nose wrinkling required. For $8 backers get one product with an expected delivery of August 2014.