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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Is it better to replace my washing machine or repair it?

Should you replace your washing machine or repair it? The answer would be obvious if it were something less price like a toaster. But we can help you reach a sound decision.

How do washing machines get clothes clean?

Washing machines make the work of getting your clothes clean so much easier than laundering them by hand. How do these machines mix duds and suds so effectively?

Are high-efficiency (HE) detergents safe for baby clothing?

High-efficiency washing machines have become very popular recently. And they use their own special detergents. You may have wondered if they're safe for baby's clothes. Keep reading to find out what to look for and how to make your own detergent.

How does design affect a washer's energy efficiency?

There's been a revolution in washer design in recent years to make residential appliances more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. But how are manufacturers making the two work together?

What are high-efficiency washers?

Whether you want to protect the environment or protect your clothes from wear and tear, high-efficiency washing machines are picking up momentum in the marketplace. Talk about going green: You'll even save some cash on your electric and water bills.

What are low-water washing machines?

If you haven't heard of low-water or high-efficiency washing machines yet, you will the next time you go shopping for a washer. They promise to use 40 percent less water and 90 percent less energy than conventional machines. But they cost more to purchase too. Should you get one? We'll weigh the pros and cons.

Design Ideas: Laundry Rooms You Want to Be In

The words "cool" and "laundry room" don't seem to go together. But if you can get past the deep-seated notion that a laundry room has to be a dungeon, you can, in fact, create a decidedly cool environment. Here are some ideas to start with.

What's Right for Me: Stacked or Side-by-side Washer-Dryer?

An informed consumer is a happy consumer. Here's the information to help you decide between a stacked or side-by-side washer-dryer and keep you smiling.

Can all washers use high-efficiency detergent?

You may not be able to keep up with the Joneses who bought one of those newfangled, oh-so-green front- load washers, but you can still use high-efficiency detergent in your old washer, right? We examine the answer.

Can top-load washers be energy efficient?

Front-load washers and energy efficiency go together like soap and water, but can top-loaders save energy, too? We explore your options.

Top 5 Benefits of Top-load Washers

A cherry red front-load washer might look cool in your laundry room, but when it comes to practicality, the top-loader has a lot going for it. What are its perks?

Dryer Vent Cleaning Tips

It heats up, has moving parts and literally does loads of work. So, how can you keep that dryer of yours working efficiently for years to come? Dryer vent cleaning is key. We'll show you how to do it right.

Do washers control allergens?

Dust mites like to feed on your dead skin cells, so it's likely your bed, sheets, comforters and pillows are full of the allergy-inducing critters. Can you wash them away, and is one washing machine as good as another?

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?

How Washer Dryer Combos Work

Washers and dryers are some of the most convenient modern appliances around, but they typically have one major disadvantage -- too much space. Washer dryer combos attempt to solve that problem, giving you clean clothes in one cycle.

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?

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?

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?

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.

How All-in-One Aquariums Work

Aquariums are both beautiful and relaxing to behold, so why is it so hard to build one? If you have an all-in-one aquarium, however, chances are that it won't be as difficult as you'd think.

How All-in-One Car Seats Work

When you climb into your car, you click your seat belt into place and know that you're protected in the event of an accident. But when it comes to protecting your infant or young child, you need an all-in-one car seat. These complex appliances are a must-have.

How Combination Game Tables Work

If you want to show off your billiard skills, but your kids want to play air hockey and table tennis, then a combination game table may be just what you need. How do these tables work?

How 3-in-1 Flashlights Work

A flashlight's a flashlight, right? Not so fast. Nowadays, manufacturers are making flashlights with laser pointers, tools, stun guns and all kinds of other gizmos to make your life easier. Now you just have to choose which one to buy.

How 3-in-1 Jackets Work

Layering is the best way to dress for unpredictable outdoor weather. 3-in-1 jackets combine waterproofing and insulation to provide the best protection against wetness and cold.

How All-in-one Exercise Equipment Works

You could fork over the cash for a regular monthly gym membership to get in shape, but would you really use it? You could tone up with your own all-in-one system at home.