Home Accessories Made By Women

To honor women’s day, today we’re going to talk about some inventions around the home created by some truly innovative and amazing women.

1.) The Foot-Pedal Trash Can

Lillian Gilbreth, perhaps most famous as the mother in her children’s book “Cheaper by the Dozen,” invented the foot-pedal trash can. She and her husband were well-known for their work in ergonomics, and this invention certainly increased efficiency in the kitchen. Mrs. Gilbreth also designed the refrigerator shelves in the doors. In addition to creating some pretty cool inventions and raising 12 children, she was also the first women named to the National Academy of Engineering in 1966.

TIP: Keep your eggs and milk in the main compartment of the refrigerator (not the door.) The door is more susceptible to temperature changes. Therefore these items will stay good longer if you keep them towards the inside of your fridge.

2.) The Dishwasher

Josephine Cochrane didn’t wait around for somebody else to invent the dishwasher. She said, “If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I’ll do it myself!” Her dishwasher won the highest prize for “best mechanical construction, durability and adaptation to its line of work” at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.


TIP: Run white vinegar through an empty dishwasher to clear out old food particles and smells.


3.) Folding Cabinet Bed

We’ve mentioned Sarah E. Goode in our blog before, but she’s more than worth mentioning again. Goode became the first African-American woman to receive a US patent. Her invention helped people living in small spaces. The folding-cabinet bed could be folded down to be used as a bed, or folded up to be used as a desk.

TIP: Need some extra space? Consider turning your sleeping area into a loft bed, or turn back time and get a Murphy bed. For more ideas, check out our blog:

4.) The Solar House

Maria Telkes, from Budapest, Hungary, conducted solar energy research for MIT from 1939-1953. Even then scientists were looking for “greener” ways to use energy. Telkes ended up creating the first house run completely and 100% on solar energy. Her thermoelectric power generator was able to save and store up energy on cloudy days. It powered the house through three Massachusetts winters before breaking down.

TIP: If you’re considering getting solar panels, make sure that their installation is approved by a certified engineer in your area. Requirements can vary, depending on factors such as if you live in a hurricane or tornado-prone area.

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