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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Inventors start limited production of water softner

  • A McPherson husband and wife duo, who are trying to make it big with a new invention, have gone into limited production with their new product.
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  • A McPherson husband and wife duo, who are trying to make it big with a new invention, have gone into limited production with their new product.
    Greg Winkler and his wife, Rhonda, are the inventors of the Soften-EZ.
    This item, which is about the size and shape of a tea saucer, can be placed in a dishwasher and will significantly reduce the hardness of the water in the appliance. It is simply laid in one of the dishwasher shelves with the dishes.
    If you have lived in McPherson long, you probably have noticed a white film on dishes you place in the dishwasher. This is because of minerals in McPherson's water. The minerals are not harmful to humans but can be to dishes and clothes that are washed in it.
    The Winklers were having the same problem with film on their dishes, so Greg Winkler set out to invent a product that would soften the water and reduce the film on the dishes.
    The Winklers' Soften-EZ is now in its fourth generation after months and many, many loads of dishes. The newest version of the product will drop hardest to 20 parts per million. The Winklers are in limited production of the Soften-EZ and are seeking a business partner or financing to put the Soften-EZ into large-scale injection molding production.
    The handmade versions of the Soften-EZ are selling for $19.95.
    The couple attended an inventors convention this spring during which they discussed the product with representative of the "As Seen on TV" line.
    "Our goal is to have it on shelves nationwide," Greg Winkler said."
    Greg also is working on variations of the Soften-EZ, which could include a version that could be used in a washing machine, a version to be used in a RV tank, disposable versions and a faucet version.
    For more information about the product, contact the Winklers at SoftenEZ@yahoo.com.

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