Great news, lazy people thanks to Panasonic‘s new deodorizing hanger, you can feel slightly less guilty about skipping laundry day.
The company’s new hanger suppresses odors on fabric, leaving your dirty clothes smelling tolerable again without having to immerse them in water. How? By using something they call “nanoe” technology.
What the heck does that mean? Well, it’s basically a fancy way of describing how tiny water particles from the air are electrified and used to deodorize fabric without technically washing it.
It’s sort of like steaming a garment, except these particles are a billion times smaller.
According to a press release in Japanese, the hanger works its magic by releasing these particles from eight different ports, and depending on the severity of the stench, customers can choose between two operational modes.
If you’re trying to get rid of off-putting body odor residue, simply hang your clothes on the hanger, plug it in, and set it to normal mode, which takes around five hours.
But if you’re trying to eliminate a more deep-seated odor like cigarette smoke, grilled meat (this one is truly tragic,) or suppressed pollen that adheres to the fibers of your fabric, you should probably brace yourself for the long mode, which takes around seven hours.
And for especially bad odors, Panasonic also encourages you to put an accessory clothing cover over your garments while they’re on the hanger.
Though the hanger is set to go on sale in early September, it’s not yet listed on the U.S. Panasonic website, so may only be available in Japan. Kaden currently predicts the hanger to be priced at 20,000 yen, which is the equivalent of around $180. Oy vey.
Kind of steep when you think about the fact that this hanger doesn’t actually clean your dirty clothes it just makes smell less repulsive. I mean, you could always just wash your clothes in a timely fashion, or even get them dry cleaned. But hey, you do you.
Mashable reached out to Panasonic for additional comment.