Home appliances make life easier, but what's really going on inside them? HowStuffWorks Home Appliances articles take a look inside common household appliances.
How to Diagnose a Water Heater Problem
Pods vs. Powder vs. Liquid Detergent: Which Works Best?
Getting to the Bottom of the Bidet
What's the Difference Between Toilet Paper and Tissue?
Can Your Ceiling Fan Direction Impact Energy Costs?
How to Maintain a Clean Humidifier
Electric vs. Gas Stove: Which Is Really More Efficient?
Stop Hand-washing Your Dishes!
Does Your Fridge Water Taste Bad? Here's How to Fix It
How to Clean an Oven
You probably don't need to change your ceiling fan direction if you only use it to cool the room, but you can switch the direction for a wintertime hack.
By Sascha Bos
Doing laundry is bad enough without having to worry about choosing the right detergent. So which is best? Or does it even matter?
That fridge dispenser is supposed to make it easy to get a pure delicious-tasting glass of water. But often you taste something stale, metallic or foul. Why is that and how do you fix it?
The Lazy Susan is a circular tray that spins to make food service easier, but the origins of the name are a bit murky. What is a Lazy Susan, exactly, and why did it earn that disparaging name? Let's find out!
You should never, ever flush tissues. What else?
The pressure cooker has been around for years, but its pride of place in the kitchen is being usurped by the new kid in town, the Instant Pot. So, what is the difference?
By Jeremy Glass
One study showed gas stoves had pollutant levels exceeding limits for outdoor pollution, so don't save the kitchen fan only for when you've let the bacon burn.
The microwave oven is a ubiquitous appliance in kitchens today, but don't we all have that one holdout friend who still refuses to own one?
Open-front public toilet seats are U-shaped, while those in private residences are O-shaped. What gives?
By Chris Opfer
When you're whipping up your famous paella, the thought of saving money and energy probably isn't at the front of your mind. Yet you could be saving money every single time you cook --if you have an energy-efficient stove.
Traditional air conditioners are huge consumers of energy. Could magnetic air conditioners keep our homes cooler inside without making temperatures hotter outside?
By Beth Brindle