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'Toiletizer #2' earns local girl national invention convention award

A Liberty Elementary School student is gaining national attention for her invention which aims to prevent the spread of germs.

Claire Rhodes, 10, invented the "Toiletizer #2," which is a hand sanitizing dispenser built into the handle of a toilet.

The dispenser is motion activated and automatically applies the sanitizing liquid to the toilet's user after every flush.

"It can make a big difference because it would force people to wash their hands after using the bathroom," Rhodes explained.

The "Toiletizer #2" is an upgrade to the original "Toiletizer #1," which lacked the automatic feature. 

The newer incarnation helped Rhodes win both school and state Invention League titles.

It was also the reason why she won the Most Visionary Award at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE), at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. She beat 437 student inventors from across the country, to win the honor.

"I was super happy that I won," she said. "I don't think I've ever smiled that big in my life."

The "Toiletizer #2" is patent pending, and Rhodes believes it could serve many purposes.

"It would be helpful in hospitals so they don't get their patient's sick," Rhodes stated, as an example. "You don't know who washes their hands and who doesn't, so you want to be able to trust everyone who washes their hands."

Rhodes said she hopes to create and build more inventions, in the future. 


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