The Ultimate How Washing Machines Get Clothes Clean Quiz
by Staff
A washing machine is a household appliance we take for granted as long as it works. If you have ever wondered just how it works its magic with your clothes, take this quiz and find out.

In terms of home appliances, what is the difference between washing clothes and having them dry cleaned?

  • A washing machine uses water and detergent, a dry cleaner uses chemicals or ultrasonic devices not available for home use.
  • Home dry cleaners are not energy-efficient.
  • You wash at home or at a laundromat.

When was the first washing machine patented?

  • 1920
  • 1900
  • 1860

How did it work?

  • A spindle moved clothes up and down on a washboard
  • A hand-cranked machine rubbed clothes between two washboards in soapy water.
  • A propeller-like device spun clothes in soap water.

And what was the first dryer?

  • Union Wringer
  • Universal Dryer
  • clothes line

Is there any difference in principle between the cleaning action of the first washing machine and that of today?

  • First machine used a rubbing motion to clean.
  • Exactly the same principle - clean with soap water, rinse, remove water.
  • Modern machines use a rotary action to clean.

What is the first thing you see when you open the door to a washing machine?

  • the tub that contains the water
  • the motor
  • a perforated drum

How do you install a washing machine?

  • Only a qualified technician can install a washing machine.
  • Hook the hoses to the spigots wastewater hose to the sewer drain pipe and plug it into the electricity.
  • Just hook up the water hoses to the spigots and you're ready to go.

Do modern washing machines need regular maintenance?

  • Check belts, hoses and filters annually.
  • No maintenance is necessary unless something breaks.
  • Check the machine occasionally only if you use it more than three times a week.

How do you prevent hoses from freezing if your washer is in an unheated area?

  • by running hot water through the hoses
  • by moving the washer temporarily to a warmer place
  • by draining the water from the hoses

Is there any similarity between a washer and a car?

  • Certain parts are similar.
  • If a washer had wheels it would probably travel.
  • The washer washes the clothing in it, but a car keeps you from being washed by the rain.

What is the reason for automatic detergent, bleach and softener dispensers, rather than adding these things at the beginning of the wash?

  • Save you the hassle of remembering to add those things.
  • They add the right amounts at the right times.
  • Save energy by adding the items needed without stopping the washing cycle.

How does the motor know how much and in what direction to spin?

  • belts and pulleys
  • special sensor in the drum
  • mechanical and digital control mechanisms

Except for the position of the lid or door, what is the main difference between top and front loaders?

  • Top loaders have an agitator, front loaders don't.
  • The top loaders' drums spin on a vertical axis, but front loaders spin horizontally.
  • Top loaders have lids, front loaders have doors.

What is one environmental advantage of the front loading washer?

  • clothes come out dryer
  • uses less water and detergent
  • water drains faster

What is an advantage of a top loader?

  • You can open the lid during the wash cycle.
  • Less water is used.
  • Uses less energy to spin the agitator.

What are the three basic cycles of a washer?

  • add water, add detergent, spin clothes
  • delicate, normal, extra dirty
  • wash, rinse, spin

What are the characteristics of a delicate or hand-wash cycle?

  • slower and longer spin
  • cold wash and rinse, little or no spin
  • short hot wash, long spin

Should colors be rinsed in warm water?

  • cold wash warm rinse
  • warm wash, cold rinse
  • cold wash and rinse

Are the cycle settings on all machines final no matter how much laundry is in the machine?

  • Settings are always final unless you change them.
  • Certain high-end washers can adjust settings according to the amount of clothes in the wash.
  • All new machines can adjust any of the settings.

Will a high temperature wash and rinse kill all the germs in your clothing?

  • High temperature and detergent are enough to kill germs
  • You need to use a strong bleach.
  • No, to be sure, use a bleach or disinfectant.