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.


How Toilets Work

The toilet. The john. The loo. The commode. The porcelain throne. No matter what you call it, there's no doubt it's a true technological marvel. Look beyond the commonplace bowl and see what a sophisticated water-handling system your toilet is.

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  • 10 International Toilets
    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 »

  • Fact or Fiction: The World's Most Expensive Bathroom Fixtures
    Fact or Fiction: The World's Most Expensive Bathroom Fixtures

    Sure, a bubble bath can make your bathroom feel luxurious. But wouldn't an HDTV make it even nicer? Take a look at some of the most expensive and outrageous bathroom fixtures -- can you tell fact from fiction? See more »

  • How Air Tubs Work
    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 »

  • How Bleach Works
    How Bleach Works

    If you open up the cupboards of most kitchens in America, you'll probably find bleach. This useful chemical has many benefits -- it can bring out unsightly stains in your clothes or disinfect countertops. But it can also be a dangerous substance. See more »

  • How can an electric toothbrush recharge its batteries when there are no metal contacts between the toothbrush and the base?
    How can an electric toothbrush recharge its batteries when there are no metal contacts between the toothbrush and the base?

    I have an electric toothbrush. Somehow, placing the plastic-handled brushing unit into a plastic holder/recharger will recharge the toothbrush unit. If no metal electrical contact is made, how can this recharge the toothbrush? See more »

  • How Clothes Dryers Work
    How Clothes Dryers Work

    A dryer is actually a very simple device. In this article we'll take apart a clothes dryer and explore how each system works. We'll start by following the air through the machine, then see how the tumbler and fan turn, and finally look at the controls.  See more »

  • How does a water softener work?
    How does a water softener work?

    Hard water can be a problem because it causes pipes clog and some people just don't like the way it feels. Using a water softener can help solve this problem, but how does it work? See more »

  • How Dry Cleaning Works
    How Dry Cleaning Works

    Want to know what happens to your clothes after you give them to the dry cleaner? Do they actually stay dry? Take a behind-the-scenes look at the dry-cleaning process! See more »

  • How Dryer Sheets Work
    How Dryer Sheets Work

    Static cling can be a common nuisance after you've just removed your freshly cleaned laundry from the dryer. How do dryer sheets help your clothes come out soft and static-free? See more »

  • How Dual Flush Toilets Work
    How Dual Flush Toilets Work

    For a time, toilets were called necessaries, one in a long line of euphemisms used to describe the business end of handling a simple biological process. And now it's necessary to do what we can to conserve water. Enter the dual flush toilet. See more »

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