Bath and Laundry

You use bath and laundry appliances every day, but do you ever wonder how they work? From bathroom scales to water softeners, learn about bath and laundry products.

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How the Toto Washlet Works

The Toto Washlet, a toilet seat with a personal spray jet, is marketed as a cleaner -- and greener -- alternative to toilet paper. How does this bidet-like product work to keep you fresh?


Why Is There a Gap at the Front of Public Toilet Seats?

Open-front public toilet seats are U-shaped, while those in private residences are O-shaped. What gives? See more »

Powering Bathroom Lights With Your Urine

A new generation of portable bathrooms could transform human waste into a sought-after resource— and light the way for safer, more sanitary facilities. See more »

How Air Tubs Work

Lots of people like the relaxing massage they get from the water jets in a hot tub. But some people prefer a gentler touch. How are air tubs different from whirlpools? See more »

10 International Toilets

We all have the same bodily functions, but the way we handle them differs depending on the facilities you encounter around the world. What types of toilets might you see on your worldly travels? See more »

Whether you're repairing a leaky bathtub, or replacing it entirely, you'll need to install a new drain. Read this article to learn how to install a bathtub drain. See more »

10 Stand-up Facts About Waterless Urinals

Waterless urinals still haven't quite broken through to the mainstream, but they can save users billions of gallons of water over standard models. Read on to find out how they work, and stay safe and sanitary. See more »

How much water do waterless urinals really save?

Waterless urinals are designed to work without H20. So exactly how much water do they save compared to standard models? You might be surprised to find out. See more »

How the Toto Washlet Works

The Toto Washlet, a toilet seat with a personal spray jet, is marketed as a cleaner -- and greener -- alternative to toilet paper. How does this bidet-like product work to keep you fresh? See more »

How Tankless Toilets Work

Tankless toilets, which conserve water and take up less space than standard models, are common in public restrooms and some urban homes. Are the benefits worth having one in your home? See more »

How Laundry Detergent Works

The average American family does 300 loads of laundry a year, and most use more than just water to get their clothes and linens clean. How do detergents help lift dirt, sweat and stains out of laundry? See more »