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.


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

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

We've all heard of a potty break, but have you ever heard of a potty breaking the bank? What's the most expensive toilet in the world made of?

Is your wardrobe filled with fabrics like rayon, silk, and wool blends? Tired of those escalating professional dry cleaning bills? The answer may be as close as your clothes dryer. See how home dry cleaning works.

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.

A washing machine is actually an amazing device once you get inside. Learn about the agitator, the pumps, the controller and much more!

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?

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?

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!

A fascinating look inside an electric razor!

For many people, their bathroom scale is an indispensable part of watching their weight and keeping healthy. Learn how your weight – no matter how much or how little – is evenly distributed to provide an accurate measure of your weight.

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.