As if it wasn’t disgusting enough that used dirty water accumulates in the toilet brush holder over time. But if individual drops of it are then distributed on the floor or over the toilet seat before or after each further use, the hairs on the back of most people’s necks stand up. Jan Dülken is one of them. The founder of the start-up Dripoff, together with Agnes Bings, addressed the problem described and developed special anti-wet pads for toilet brush holders. “The special thing about our pad is that it prevents the extremely unpleasant dripping of the toilet brush when it is removed from the cup – a real added value for every household,” the founder is convinced. But does the hygiene application really prevent the formation of puddles? The star found out.

The anti-wet pads are relatively small (each ᴓ approx. 7 cm) and should therefore fit in all standard toilet brush holders. They consist of thin filter paper, behind which there is a fine granulate that turns blue over time – a signal that the maximum absorption capacity has been reached and the pad needs to be replaced. Depending on how often the toilet brush is used, it has to be changed every five to seven days (according to the founding duo).

But back to the application: In order to prevent a toilet brush from dripping every time it is used, the anti-wet pad is placed in the brush holder (existing puddles should of course be removed first). The Dripoff should then absorb the new dripping water and seal it in reliably, so that dripping toilet brushes are a thing of the past. Thanks to the integrated citrus scent, the pads should also exude a fresh note and thus prevent bad odours. Our test reveals how the whole thing works in practice.

In fact, our practical test showed quite quickly that the drip-off keeps what the anti-wet pads promise: They absorb the liquid in the toilet brush holder – and turn blue over time when they have become soaked with water. In our self-experiment, we were not able to determine whether unpleasant odors are bound (and germ formation reduced). And the citrus scent it contained was only noticeable when unpacking the pads, after which the smell disappeared again immediately.

Our conclusion is that the anti-wet pads are quite practical and fully fulfill their purpose. However, we couldn’t help but wonder if you could achieve the same or at least a similar effect with a sponge or some kitchen roll. Because the fact is that Dripoff only lasts a maximum of seven days with regular use. The price per pad is currently just under 50 cents (the pack of 10 costs 4.99 euros), so that on average two euros are incurred every month for catching small drops of water. Quite apart from the waste produced. Is that worth it?

In today’s episode of “The Lion’s Den”, the founding couple presents their anti-wetness pads for toilet bras to the jury – in the hope that at least one juror is willing to pay 80,000 euros for 25 percent of the company shares to invest in dripoff. Will there be a deal? You can see it as usual at 8:15 p.m. on VOX.

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