Frustrated when your dishes flip in the dishwasher? Tired of hand-washing things that fill with that icky water? Then Gina Jackson has the solution for you — DishwasherMATE © by Gina J.!
The El Dorado Hills mother of three daughters invented DishwasherMATE, a thermoplastic rubber mat that goes on top of the full dishwasher racks (top and bottom) to prevent dishes from flipping or jostling too much. “It can withstand going through all the cycles of washing and drying,” Jackson said. “It’s really durable.
“There’s nothing like it on the market,” she continued. “It’s never been invented before.”
And DishwasherMATE has made quite the impression on the retail industry. This summer Jackson will appear on QVC and have the opportunity to sell her invention to millions of consumers.
“I’m just so grateful for everything that has happened and am very excited,” Jackson, 41, said.
Jackson’s journey to inventor and future TV star began a few years ago when she and her daughters, now 8, 10 and 15, moved to El Dorado Hills. She described herself as “single and broke.”
“Part of saving money was reusing disposable plastic cups and even those lunch meat containers,” she explained.
But every time she put those light-weight items in the dishwasher they would flip over and fill with the not-so-appealing dishwasher water. Some containers would end up melted on the bottom.
“I was pulling (the containers) out and I said, ‘How come somebody can’t come up with something to keep everything in its place?’” Jackson said.
DishwasherMATE was born. It took about a year for Jackson to develop her idea and receive all applicable patents. She launched a website — buydishwashermate.com — and began selling her product at local retailers. Jackson recently hired sales representatives to work with more area businesses and get DishwasherMATE on more store shelves.
“It’s just slowly taking off,” she said.
But once Jackson’s product hits the airwaves DishwasherMATE could launch into space and pave the way for more Gina Jackson originals. She’s already working to develop kids products, health and beauty products and more housewares.
The idea of appearing on TV makes Jackson a “totally nervous,” she confessed, but her faith in DishwasherMATE should help her get over her shyness.
“I believe in it,” she said. “It totally works.”