40 Times Designers Forgot Things Need To Be Cleaned When Creating Them, As Shared On This Facebook Group

To most of us, cleaning is a chore. Something we do just because we have to. So we try to optimize the process as much as possible. Get it done in the fastest way possible, with the least amount of energy required.

However, some people probably haven’t picked up a vacuum cleaner or a dust wand in their entire life.

There’s a private Facebook group with a pretty self-explanatory title, called ‘Things designed by people who don’t have to clean them‘, and it has about 40,000 members, all sharing pictures of objects that absolutely terrify Monica Geller and Adrian Monk. From an amethyst sink to a dollhouse PC case, continue scrolling and check them out for yourself.#1 

Dollhouse Fishtank

Dollhouse Fishtank

Please don’t treat your fish like toys! Goldfish need a 500l tank, and need a group of atleast 6 goldfish. They are intelligent and beautiful animals

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Eva the Egg3 days ago

“i cant believe your mum is a fish” 

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The founder of the group, Will Feetham, created it out of his passion for the design world. “We spend most of our time in spaces designed by other humans, and sometimes subtle careless decisions during [the design process and construction processes] cause a huge amount of hassle for the people that use the space,” Feetham told Bored Panda.

Currently, the group is private and you have to answer a few political questions to get in. Feetham has had pushback from the applicants about this as the group seems anything but political, however, he believes that the design and maintenance of our spaces are deeply political. “The entire point of ‘Things designed by people who don’t have to clean them‘ is that those who design and those who maintain are not the same,” he said. “Because we spend most of our time in spaces [designed by others], this disconnect has a huge impact, especially on those who traditionally don’t have power in society.”#2 

Amethyst Sink

Amethyst Sink

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troufaki133 days ago

Amethyst this size must be pretty expensive. I wouldn’t waste it like that. Maybe as an ornament it would be perfect 🙂154ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“Looking at bad design helps highlight the importance of good design, and thinking about who will clean what we design makes us focus on the importance of inclusion in the design process. As a tag group, we can inject a bit of thought about these issues into a lot of different conversations which makes me so happy.”

If we were to get specific, Feetham got the idea for the group from a picture of a topographical relief sink modeled after a lake, which he has been told is in the California state library. “It’s beautiful, and the concept is both insightful and educational. In the execution, though, the designer didn’t consider the people who would have to clean the installation. Clearly, a lot of thought went into the concept, but that thoughtfulness doesn’t seem to have extended to maintenance. ‘Things designed by people who don’t have to clean them‘ just popped into my head.”#3 

All Hail The Glow Cloud

All Hail The Glow Cloud

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Jacob Allen3 days ago

It looks really cool but imagine the number of bugs nesting in there *shudder*233ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

As you could guess, Feetham himself doesn’t like cleaning. “As a cisgender man in our patriarchal culture, I have been allowed to do less than my share of household chores at many points in my life,” he said. “Equality is deeply important to me, and I have come to understand the many ways, large and small, that the caring and cleaning work that forms the foundation of our daily existence is minimized.”

According to him, our society tends to devalue the invisible service class, who are often women and people of color. So they are left to pick up the pieces, literally, and tend to the performative aesthetics of our consumer culture.

Feetham describes the content of the group as design-focused critical analysis. Some of the things that get submitted a lot are carpets in places it shouldn’t be, crafts that involve gluing shells and rocks, and impossible to clean windows. “The start of the group was more focused on public infrastructure, but we also have a lot of content about consumer goods and home decor that create a maintenance nightmare.”#4 

Thanks I Hate It

Thanks I Hate It

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Andy Acceber3 days ago

I actually love this. Super cool. I would just dust it with compressed air.218ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://3d30b689acb5e785be0e0db7880e14fa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#5 

This Pot

This Pot

Ruan Carlo Schneider Report305pointsPOST

OpalTheRainwing3 days ago

Noice126ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

Radiator With A Bread Warmer

Radiator With A Bread Warmer

Mary Quigg Report302pointsPOST

Maiun3 days ago

I like this, with a vacuum it wouldn’t be hard to clean188ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#7 

*shudder*

*shudder*

Maz Penney-Charlton Report289pointsPOST

Maiun3 days ago

That is just wrong, especially in these times of Covid-19117ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

These Wine Bottles/ Decanters/ Glasses Look Really Cool, But Cleaning Them? Hell No! I’d Probably Used Them Once And Then Threw Them Into A Fireplace Or Something

These Wine Bottles/ Decanters/ Glasses Look Really Cool, But Cleaning Them? Hell No! I'd Probably Used Them Once And Then Threw Them Into A Fireplace Or Something

Milla Marguerite Report269pointsPOST

Caroline3 days ago

Or use them as a decoration ^^133ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://3d30b689acb5e785be0e0db7880e14fa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html#9 

Cutlery Set

Cutlery Set

Laura Jensen Report265pointsPOST

Purple light3 days ago

Gorgeous, but for display purposes only in rich peoples houses.167ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#10 

Dollhouse PC

Dollhouse PC

Manuela Betti Report263pointsPOST

wandile dludlu3 days ago

This is just cool… and all PCs are like this inside.238ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

Broken Ankle Bathtubs, Fantastic

Broken Ankle Bathtubs, Fantastic

Lauren Churchill Report256pointsPOST

chi-wei shen3 days ago

I have to think about all the little critters that could hide somewhere between the stones.163ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Mateo Euan Report247pointsPOST

Jayne Kyra3 days ago

Another addition to the skull bathroom.86ReplyView more comments#13 

Y I K E S

Y I K E S

Katherine A. Weston Report237pointsPOST

Maiun3 days ago

Yuck160ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

They’re Gorgeous And I Want One, But They Must Be Such Dust Catcher

They’re Gorgeous And I Want One, But They Must Be Such Dust Catcher

Kerri Kortness Report221pointsPOST

Lauren Caswell3 days ago

A little vacuum cleaner or attachment will see you right 🙂76ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Cute But…

Cute But...

Markéta Čonka Report211pointsPOST

mph seti3 days ago

Shot glasses would be fine. I mean, the hard liquor ‘cleans’ them anyway. Just remember to store upside-down.97ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#16 

Those Poor Books!

Those Poor Books!

Manuela Betti Report209pointsPOST

Andrea Cruzado Silva3 days ago

I hope this person doesn’t have any dust allergies109ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

I Love The Idea Of A Volcano Egg Cup As Much As The Next One, But You Will *never* Get All The Gross Crusty Egg Yolk Out Of All Those Crevices

I Love The Idea Of A Volcano Egg Cup As Much As The Next One, But You Will *never* Get All The Gross Crusty Egg Yolk Out Of All Those Crevices

Caryn Lopez Report209pointsPOST

Vorknkx3 days ago

And these uncleaned bits of yolk could become a prime breeding ground for many kinds of bacteria…83ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

This Would Be A Pain In The Butt To Clean, But 11/10 Would Buy Anyway

This Would Be A Pain In The Butt To Clean, But 11/10 Would Buy Anyway

Susan Day Report207pointsPOST

Jayne Kyra3 days ago

I want this and the skull toilet.68ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

And It’s Not Even Cute

And It's Not Even Cute

Megan Moncada Report202pointsPOST

Heather Gichero3 days ago

This would drive me crazy….151ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

The Opposite Of Mini

The Opposite Of Mini

Jazmyn Ross Report201pointsPOST

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel3 days ago

That is awesome!97ReplyView more comments#21 

That Is The Car Of Someone Who Has Given Up, That Thing Does Not Get Cleaned

That Is The Car Of Someone Who Has Given Up, That Thing Does Not Get Cleaned

Sebastián S. Aguilar Report193pointsPOST

Linus Nilsson3 days ago

All these are actually alive, and the owner robbed a grave81ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

1970s Was Such A Cursed Period For Interior Decorating

1970s Was Such A Cursed Period For Interior Decorating

Eamon Ryan Report192pointsPOST

mph seti3 days ago

That bottom one looks so flammable.123ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

Stunning Fireplace

Stunning Fireplace

Lulu Titi Johnson Report188pointsPOST

Jon S.3 days ago

This is the kind of thing you get professionally cleaned every few decades (other than with a light feather duster)138ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

All Those Tiny Eyes

All Those Tiny Eyes

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wandile dludlu3 days ago

Imagine eating cereal before bed and waking up at night and that thing is next to your head on the side table152ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

Stair Handle

Stair Handle

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Maiun3 days ago

That’s why rich people have staff172ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

I Would Have A Very Bad Time Checking If My Nails Are Clean Or Not

I Would Have A Very Bad Time Checking If My Nails Are Clean Or Not

Hazel Sandi Fernández Report171pointsPOST

chi-wei shen3 days ago

For those who don’t want to clean their nails.120ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

Erm…

Erm...

Heather Nicole Report168pointsPOST

Jon S.3 days ago

That looks easy enough to clean. At least all the surfaces are smooth105ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

A Gift For The Coffee Lover You Also Hate

A Gift For The Coffee Lover You Also Hate

Caitlin Nicole Report162pointsPOST

Shelp3 days ago

Looks like some disgusting skin disease252ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Mud, Poop Dog, Dirt, Sand…

Mud, Poop Dog, Dirt, Sand...

Sarah Azevedo Report160pointsPOST

Candace Fitzpatrick3 days ago

Poop dog! 😂 Sometimes I love it when people don’t proof read what they write.211ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

Those Crevices In The… Whatever That Is

Those Crevices In The… Whatever That Is

Tooru Oikawa Report149pointsPOST

Bacony Cakes3 days ago

That’s the Endoplasink Reticulum.116ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

Oh My

Oh My

Amanda Jane Report146pointsPOST

Jayne Kyra3 days ago

Ah yes, the succulent nail art. Made only for photos and not actual wear. SimplyNailogical did a video recreating this trend a while back.103ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#32 

It’s All Beaded

It’s All Beaded

Roxy TheRockit Belle Report143pointsPOST

Purple light3 days ago

Looks like an art installation180ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

Cursed

Cursed

Maria Júlia Report142pointsPOST

ume reid3 days ago

oh god…..86ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

My New 1.5l Snorlax Mug That I Got From Zing. Didn’t Realise It’s Mouth Was A Big Hole

My New 1.5l Snorlax Mug That I Got From Zing. Didn’t Realise It’s Mouth Was A Big Hole

Cloey Van Duin Report134pointsPOST

Aldhissla VargTimmen3 days ago

Isn’t it to store a cookie?177ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

This Is What Happened In Jumanji

This Is What Happened In Jumanji

Carol Tavares Report126pointsPOST

Kesyra3 days ago

I… this is so bad but a big part of me loves it!65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

Fluffy Guitar

Fluffy Guitar

Mateus Vieira Report124pointsPOST

Maiun3 days ago

The fur would get filthy from the hands playing it and it would look really foul after a couple of gigs, not to mention all the sweat dripping down onto it.80ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#37 

I Hope They Took The Keys Out

I Hope They Took The Keys Out

Lenore Battle Report115pointsPOST

troufaki133 days ago

All I see is an accident waiting to happen156ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#38 

I Got One Of These For My Daughter. The Hot Liquid Needs To Go Through The Hole Into The Space Between The Outer And Inner Walls Of The Mug. I Have Tiny Bendy Brushes And It’s Still A Nightmare

I Got One Of These For My Daughter. The Hot Liquid Needs To Go Through The Hole Into The Space Between The Outer And Inner Walls Of The Mug. I Have Tiny Bendy Brushes And It’s Still A Nightmare

Pascale Nyby Report113pointsPOST

Jacob Allen3 days ago

Why on earth would you put a hole there?138ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

Found In My Local Marketplace

Found In My Local Marketplace

Amber Diffey Report112pointsPOST

K.3 days ago

From baba yaga’s collection113ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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Rokas is a writer at Bored Panda with a BA in Communication. After working for a sculptor, he fell in love with visual storytelling and enjoys covering everything from TV shows (any Sopranos fans out there?) to photography. Throughout his years in Bored Panda, over 235 million people have read the posts he’s written, which is probably more than he could count to. Read more »

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