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Publication numberUS20040221410 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/430,144
Publication dateNov 11, 2004
Filing dateMay 6, 2003
Priority dateMay 6, 2003
Publication number10430144, 430144, US 2004/0221410 A1, US 2004/221410 A1, US 20040221410 A1, US 20040221410A1, US 2004221410 A1, US 2004221410A1, US-A1-20040221410, US-A1-2004221410, US2004/0221410A1, US2004/221410A1, US20040221410 A1, US20040221410A1, US2004221410 A1, US2004221410A1
InventorsMichelle Padula
Original AssigneePadula Michelle Louise
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Swish tap & flush toilet bowl brushes
US 20040221410 A1
Swish Tap and Flush is a disposable toilet bowl brush. The brush head can be gently tapped against the inner side of the toilet bowl. This action releases the swab into the bowl allowing it to be flushed. In doing so, this stops the spreading of germs and the storing of a germ infested brush. When needed again you take out a new clean brush.
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1. What I claim as my invention is a disposable as well as biodegradable, toilet bowl brush that is made from wood and plastic BI-products, which when used will start to break down, making it environmentally compatible.

[0001] Specification based on provisional application No. 60/396,817.


[0002] not applicable


[0003] not applicable


[0004] To use a disposable toilet bowl brush in place of the conventional toilet bowl brush This toilet bowl brush will meet the the standards set by the U.S. Government, i.e. OSHA EPA, UL, ect.


[0005] The concept is to clean and disinfect the toilet bowl, then dispose of the brush after use. This toilet bowl brush will help in eliminating the spreading of germs, and the need to store germ infested bowl brushes. This brush will be light and easily discarded.


[0006]FIG. 1: Disposable toilet cleaning swab, clay sting to mount swab to hinged handle

[0007]FIG. 2: View is a breakdown of its parts separately,(hinged handle, clay string, swab).


[0008] To facilitate one's comprehension and understanding of a new product, that idea must be described not only as it exists as an answer to a subsistent problem, but also as it functions physically. Incorporated into this overview is a description of the invention's physical appearance.

[0009] Based upon the Inventor's description and our outside research, we will describe the basic overall features, shape and design of Swish, Tap & Flush Toilet Bowl Brushes. Materials of which the invention would be produced will also be described.

[0010] The design of Swish, Tap & Flush Toilet Bowl Brushes calls for plastic, wood, clay, cotton and paper to be used as its major components.

[0011] A long, slender handle, measuring 12 inches in length and one-eighth to one-fourth of an inch in width, would be produced from two sections of green-painted wood or green-colored plastic joined together with a wooden or plastic pivot joint. The joint would allow the handle to be easily folded for disposal.

[0012] The bottom of the handle would be joined to a half-inch clay neck, a section of string and a biodegradable scrubber head made from paper or cotton. The scrubber head would measure four and a half inches in length and four and a half inches in height.

[0013] The scrubber head would be impregnated with an adhesive such as baking soda, a germicidal cleanser and a pleasant˜smelling perfume. The scrubber head would be packaged in a sealed plastic bag which could be easily removed. The hard plastic components of Swish, Tap & Flush Toilet Bowl Brushes could be formed with the use of injection molding or blow molding. Injection molding is a process that has been in use since the 1920s and provides a versatility almost unmatched in the mass production of any material. It requires that melted plastic be forcefully injected into relatively cool molds. As the plastic begins to harden, it takes on the shape of the mold cavity and, when cool requires few post molding operations. Other advantages of this process include its speed of production and the ability to simultaneously manufacture multiple parts.

[0014] Blow molding in the production of plastic shapes is a form of extrusion, a major technique in the plastics industry. Extrusion is used to push a molten tube, called a parison, into a bottle-Shaped mold. Compressed air then forces the parison against the cold walls of the mold, hence the term “blow molding”,

[0015] Molds are generally side fed, with the thickness controlled by a tapered mandrel (core) or a variable-orifice die. Continuous extrusion of the plastic is possible through the use of multiple blow molds.

[0016] To use Swish, Tap & Flush Toilet Bowl Brushes, one would remove the bag, grasp the handle and use the scrubber head to clean the interior of a toilet bowl. Alter the bowl was thoroughly cleaned, one would hit the clay neck of Swish, Tap & Flush Toilet Bowl Brushes against the rim of the toilet bowl. The scrubber head would detach from the handle and could be flushed away when the toilet was flushed. The handle could then be folded into two sections and thrown into a trash can for disposal.

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US7204957 *Jun 30, 2005Apr 17, 2007Jason Grant TozerSanitizable cushioned sheath for the handle of a culinary knife or similar article
US7530138 *Jun 9, 2005May 12, 2009Garwood Isaac PlattToilet bowl cleaning tool with disposable swab
US20140137354 *Nov 21, 2012May 22, 2014The Procter & Gamble CompanyMethod for producing a toothbrush having an inner cavity
WO2006086403A1 *Feb 8, 2006Aug 17, 2006Murphy Jr H StetserCleaning tool and method of use thereof
U.S. Classification15/210.1, 15/144.3
International ClassificationA47K11/10
Cooperative ClassificationA47K11/10
European ClassificationA47K11/10