Local medical student invents new dishwashing tool
A local medical student turned inventor is making waves on the home cleaning scene after his dish washing invention earned him a top spot at this year's University of Saskatchewan i3 Idea Challenge.
Benjamin Leis introduced a new dish washing tool he calls the Glovely.
"I do a lot of cooking and that makes a lot of dishes and after doing a lot of dishes I realized there's a better way to do it," Leis said.
The Glovely is a spandex and cotton glove that fits on the user's hand. A scour pad built into the back of the fingers allows the wearer to remove caked on food.
While a medical student's attemtps to revolutionize the washcloth may raise a few eyebrows, Leis says he initially marketed the Glovely to those suffering from arthritis and anyone who finds it hard to lift pots and pans while holding a wash cloth.
It wasn't until later that Leis noticed a growing interest in his product from a wide variety of customers.
Since its first days on the market, the Glovely's use has spread faster than the messes it was designed eliminate. Leis says customers have used the handy glove cloth everywhere from the kitchen to counter cleaning and even car washing.
With two trade shows and more than 800 sales under his belt, Leis says he will continue to market his product locally and nationally. He said he wants to appear on the popular entrepreneur show Dragons Den in hopes of scoring investments and exposure.
"It's one of those products where once people know about it, it makes intuitive sense," Leis said. "[On] a show like Dragon's Den, you can inform almost two million people simultaneously so it's a great way to market."
A set of five Glovelys retail for twenty five dollars and can be purchased online at glovely.ca.