Washing your sheets is always a gamble. You never know if they’ll be fully clean or dry properly — especially if they’re wadded up in the process. Cyndi Bray created the simple-to-use Wad-Free device to keep your sheets from bunching up in the washer and the dryer. Will Cyndi clean up with her smooth
If you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of what happened to Wad-Free after
Cyndi Bray appeared on
|Accepted deal of $200,000 for 5% equity with $1.50/unit royalty until $1 million is paid back
|$200,000 for 20% equity
Shark Tank Pitch
- Entrepreneur: Cyndi Bray
- Business: Device to keep sheets from wadding in the washer or dryer
- Ask: $200,000 for 5% equity
- Result: $200,000 for 5% equity with $1.50/unit royalty until $1 million is paid back
- Shark: Kevin O’Leary
We’ve all been there — your sheets come out of the dryer wet and tangled, and now you’re wasting time and electricity trying to wash them again. Cyndi Bray has figured out a solution to this maddening problem with her company, Wad-Free for Bed Sheets.
Wad-Free for Bed Sheets reduces the tangling, twisting, and balling-up of bed sheets in both the washing machine and the dryer. Drastically reduces wet items getting trapped in the sheets.
The Wad-Free device traps the four corners of your flat or fitted sheet, preventing it from wadding up in the dryer, trapping other clothes, or getting tangled. It’s extremely simple to use and Cyndi has a utility patent, trademark, and copyright on the device.
She launched the product in June 2020 on Amazon, Walmart, The Grommet, and on her website. Since then, she’s achieved $513,000 in lifetime sales — and 38% of that is net profit.
In terms of investment, Cyndi is a safe bet. She has an MBA and ran her own business until her husband developed a brain tumor.
The numbers impress the sharks, especially since it’s such a simple product. However, Mark Cuban is out first because he doesn’t wash his sheets often enough to use the product.
Robert Herjavec also finds inspiration in the entrepreneur’s story. However, he doesn’t know how to help, so, he’s out.
Now it’s Kevin O’Leary’s turn. He likes simple things (as he says) and makes a famous Mr. Wonderful royalty offer. He offers $200,000 for 10% equity with a $1.50 per unit royalty until he makes $1 million back.
Daymond John drops out without an offer because he says he can’t relate to the product.
Lori Greiner, on the other hand, thinks that this is the perfect product for her. She wants infomercials, nationwide retail, and more — but she wants 25% equity for the $200,000 investment. The perk, she says, is that she’ll work day in and day out to sell the product.
This launches an all-out bidding war between Kevin and Lori. Each shark tries to explain what they can do better, talking over each other and changing offers around.
Cyndi asks if Lori will drop to 10% equity, but she refuses. Kevin calls this greedy.
Cyndi wants to know that Kevin will put in the same day-in, day-out fight as Lori will, and he confirms. He also drops the equity to 5% but keeps the royalty. Lori lowers her equity ask to 20% with no royalty.
Putting an end to the bidding war, Cyndi accepts Kevin’s offer of $200,000 for 5% equity and $1.50/unit royalty until he makes $1 million. Was this the best move for her? Find out in our Wad-Free update.
Shark Tank Wad-Free Update
Before appearing on
In our Wad-Free update, we found that sales have increased a ton since the episode aired due to the
We got a chance to interview Cyndi to see how Wad-Free’s been doing since
Cyndi shared that since airing, she released a new heavy-duty version of the product designed for blankets and duvet covers, which her customers love.
Even better, she has gone viral on TikTok multiple times. “Livestream product demonstrations are fantastic for showing Wad-Free in action,” Cyndi told us.
She also confirmed that the deal with Kevin did end up going through and that working with him has been a great experience. “Working with Kevin and Team Wonderful has been…well…wonderful! They are supportive, resourceful, and great human beings, said Cyndi.
We’d like to thank Cyndi for taking the time to speak to us and giving us an official Wad-Free update!
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