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What you really need: How much do know about household goods?
by Staff
Test your knowledge about common household goods, past and present.

What percentage of American households own at least one television?

  • 93 percent
  • 96 percent
  • 99 percent

The best way to clean carpets quickly is to use a ____.

  • vacuum
  • steam cleaner
  • broom and dust pan

Which company claims their first aid kits have been used since 1885?

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Red Cross

What household items are most popular on a couples’ wedding registry?

  • appliances and electronics
  • fine china
  • bakeware

During which decade did the refrigerator become an American household staple?

  • 1930s
  • 1940s
  • 1950s

In 2008, how many American households owned a computer?

  • 75 percent
  • 80 percent
  • 85 percent

Most modern families require a computer and ____.

  • an Internet connection
  • a flat-screen monitor
  • a laser printer

What must-have yard tool did Edwin Beard Budding invent in 1830?

  • lawn mower
  • rake
  • hoe

What is NOT an item that should be in a household’s basic emergency kit?

  • flashlight
  • map(s) of the area
  • an extra set of clothing

How many American households have Internet access?

  • 72 percent
  • 82 percent
  • 92 percent

According to one survey, most people in the U.S. would rather give up their dishwasher than part with what electronic device?

  • DVR
  • game console
  • MP3 player

What appliance did most Americans say would make thier mom’s life easier?

  • microwave
  • dishwasher
  • coffee maker

If a person lives to be 65, how many years will he or she have spent watching television?

  • 3 years
  • 6 years
  • 9 years

Which cleaning-related product should be a shopping list priority?

  • bleach
  • glass cleaner
  • rubber gloves

Which number below indicates the softest thread count for bed linens?

  • 200
  • 300
  • 400

Which is NOT a way to use vinegar, a common household staple?

  • Vinegar can kill pests like slugs, cockroaches and ants.
  • Pour vinegar in the wash to clean towels with a mildew smell.
  • Wipe vinegar on countertops, like marble, to disinfect surfaces.

Water heaters, a necessity in most households, use which instrument to heat water inside the tank?

  • heat pipe
  • thermostat
  • dip tube

What appliance did only 32 percent of adults deem a necessity in 1996?

  • microwave
  • television
  • computer

A basic household tool kit should include a _______.

  • pair of pliers
  • drill bit set
  • multi-tool

What other name is the spiral of a waiter’s corkscrew known by?

  • snake
  • twister
  • worm