12-year-old Bodhisatva Ganesh Khanderao is no stranger to the limelight. The eco-warrior has been actively raising awareness about the environment from the tender age of six and has been at the forefront of notable environmental movements in Maharashtra. His popular initiative last year to save the Vidarbha forests using seed balls received accolades from across the nation.
Blessed with a keen intellect and relentless curiosity, Bodhisatva has a habit of coming up with innovations that ease regular household chores. His latest offering – the Swachchta Suvidha Brush – a slip-on floor cleaner, came about when he saw his mother’s discomfort during her daily housework.
Amruta, who suffers from spondylosis and occasional back pain, used to face a lot of difficulties while cleaning bathroom floors. Bodhisatva would see his mother’s difficulty every day and kept brainstorming for a solution until he came up with this impressive idea.
The Suvidha brush is actually a slipper with a bathroom cleaning brush fitted to it sole. It is specifically designed for individuals who suffer from backaches, arthritis, spondylosis, spinal disorders, obesity etc. who cannot bend down to clean bathroom floors.
The modus operandi is even simpler.
“Just slip on a pair of these, hold onto a support on the bathroom wall and move your feet around to clean the floor,” explains Bodhisatva’s mother Amruta. “One morning, he just took a cleaning brush, glued a part of a discarded cycle tyre to it, and asked me to try it on. To my surprise, cleaning the floors had never seemed so easy and effortless,” continues Amruta, who has been comfortably using her son’s invention for the past two months.
Bodhisatva later improvised the basic design by fitting cotton belts above the wooden base of the brush and turning it into a slipper. His latest upgrade was attaching a slipper on top of a brush, which he did after his father obliged to his demand for a hot-glue gun.
“I felt his invention can help many others so I told my acquaintances about it,” says Amruta, who has already distributed some of the prototypes among her elder relatives. She ensures that the design is compact and foolproof, with no risk of slipping even while cleaning with detergents and soaps.
“It might take a few days for a new user to get a proper grip on the product, but once one starts using, they will surely feel the benefit,” Amruta wholeheartedly believes.
However, the best part about the innovation, perhaps more than its simplicity and ease of use, is the cost of making. One Swachchta Suvidha brush takes no more than Rs 35 to make and can last for months even with regular use.
The mother-son duo spent hours to coin the name for the brush, which is helping to maintain hygiene at home without the added backaches. They sincerely believe that if the idea is adopted by everyone, it will ease out the task of household cleaning by loads.
Meanwhile, young Bodhisatva has already shifted his focus to creating a super low-cost, fully-functional car model.
We are eagerly awaiting the young inventor’s next innovation!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)