The Ultimate How Washing Machines Get Clothes Clean Quiz

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

Washing clothes can be done at home using a washing machine or at a laundromat, whereas dry cleaning is usually done at a dry cleaners.

When was the first washing machine patented?

The Union Washing Machine, a manual mechanical device, was patented in 1860.

How did it work?

Clothes were rubbed between two washboards by a hand-crank in a tub of boiling soapy water.

And what was the first dryer?

The Union Wringer was invented two years after the washer and was attached to it to wring out clothes, but the clothes line was the first dryer.

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

It's the same principle: loosen dirt with water and soap, rinse, remove excess water and move on to the drying process.

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

You'll see a perforated drum that can rotate.

How do you install a washing machine?

You hook up one or two (if you are using both hot and cold incoming water) hoses from the appropriate spigots and another hose to a sewer drainpipe for the wastewater. You then connect the machine to the electric outlet.

Do modern washing machines need regular maintenance?

Like any appliance, you should check those items you can readily access, such as belts, hoses, filters every year or so. You could pay a qualified technician to check for you.

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

Drain the water from the hoses when the temperature drops below freezing.

Is there any similarity between a washer and a car?

There are similar parts - motor, belts, hoses, transmission, clutch and brakes.

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

The automatic dispensers add the right amounts at the right times and ensure that they mix thoroughly with the water.

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

A combination of mechanical and digital parts control the working of the motor according to the program selected.

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

Basically, top loaders usually have an agitator to move the clothes, whereas front loaders have a rotating drum.

What is one environmental advantage of the front loading washer?

They use less water and detergent than the top loaders.

What is an advantage of a top loader?

Unlike a front loader whose door is locked during the entire wash cycle, the lid of a top loader can be opened to check the wash or add something.

What are the three basic cycles of a washer?

Wash -- add water and detergent to clean clothes; rinse -- add clean water to remove dirt and soap; spin -- remove excess water.

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

Usually a cold wash and rinse with a slower spin or no spin.

Should colors be rinsed in warm water?

Colors should be washed and rinsed in cold water.

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

Some high-end machines have sensors that detect the amount of laundry and adjust water, cycle length and spin speed.

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

Not always. If you are concerned you can carefully use diluted bleach or one of the readily available disinfectants.

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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.

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