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Home Appliances

Home appliances make life easier, but what's really going on inside them? HowStuffWorks Home Appliances articles take a look inside common household appliances.

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How Indoor Automatic Composting Systems Work

Instead of throwing away trash, many people use automatic composters to recycle garbage into garden-friendly fertilizer. But are the high cost and potential odors worth the benefit?

How Kegerators Work

Kegerators store and pour beer differently than standard kegs do, but at a higher price. How do these systems work to produce a perfect glass of beer?

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 Induction Cooktops Work

If you're a foodie, or if you're just looking for a way to modernize your kitchen, you may be considering an induction cooktop. But how do these cooktops work, and are they worth the expense?

How Freezers Work

Many new freezers have features to prevent frost and digitally monitor temperatures, but the technology has been evolving for years. How do freezers keep your food from spoiling?

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 the iRobot Looj Works

Cleaning out your gutters can be a tricky, dangerous project. Climbing up ladders and heaving large piles of leaves only increases your risk of injury. What if you had a robot that could clean your gutters for you?

How Slow Cookers Work

If you crave a warm, home-cooked meal, but don't have time to spend hours in the kitchen, a slow cooker may be just what you need. But how do slow cookers 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?

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 Universal Remotes Work

If you have different remotes for your TV, DVR, stereo system and DVD player that are cluttering your coffee table, a universal remote that controls all your electronics may be just what you need.

How All-in-one Instant Messenger Works

Instant messaging is a handy tool, both for fun and for work -- but most of the competing IM services are incompatible. How can one program manage them all?

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.

Ultimate Guide to Hybrid Appliances

In these modern times, wouldn't you figure that everything that needs to be invented already has been invented? Perhaps. But now people are combining inventions to make an entirely new product.

Why do the two flat prongs on the plugs for electrical appliances have holes in them?

If you unplug any appliance in your house, there's a 98 percent chance than the two flat prongs have holes in them. Find out the reasons for these holes.

Ultimate Guide to Low-flow Toilets

If you don't have a low-flow toilet, you're flushing away more than just your bodily waste. You're flushing away your money. How can a low-flow toilet save you a few bucks?

What are solar air heaters?

In today's economy, with rising fuel prices and dwindling resources, homeowners are looking for ways to save money wherever they can. And some are taking a lesson from the 1970s and turning to solar power to heat their homes.

How Dehumidifiers Work

Humidity is bad enough when it's outdoors. When it seeps into your home, that moisture-filled air can make you uncomfortable or even ill, as well as cause damage to your home. How can a dehumidifier prevent this?

How does a three-way light bulb work?

A three-way bulb has two filaments, which allows the light to be turned on at different light levels. Learn about a three-way bulb.

How Solar-powered Refrigerators Work

Solar panels sit atop buildings, homes and tents, and power any number of gadgets and appliances -- including refrigerators. But can the sun still power a fridge without the panels?

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