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 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?


Is America Finally Ready for the Bidet?

Sales of bidets are up in the U.S. Could they finally make a splash in a country that's mostly resisted them?

How Toilet Paper Works

It's an absorbing topic: Where did toilet paper come from, how is it made and why did it take so long for people to start using it?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?