Washing machines have revolutionized the way we do laundry. Not only do they make the process much easier to deal with, but they also ensure that the clean we want is the clean we get. However, the machines and dryers we know and love today were not always around, and there are many fascinating laundry facts surrounding their creation.
The Earliest Washing Machines
The very first washing machines were made in the 1700s. They consisted of wooden boxes that were filled with clothes, pushed through the device by a hand rotary. The clothes were taken through a straining and rubbing process that wore away at grime and dirt until the clothes were clean again.
Eventually, this version of the washing machine evolved into a more complicated device through innovation and experimentation. This more advanced version used an array of gears and pegs to push clothes through soap and water, with cleaner clothes appearing on the other end. It was invented by William Blackstone to be given to his wife as a birthday present.
Modern Electric Washing Machines
It was not until 1908 that the very first powered washing machine was created. Studies showed that when washing machines were loaded from the front, instead of from the top, they were much more efficient, and were able to clean the loads set in them much better. While there is a split of washing machines made as such today, experts still believe that the front design is better.
Washing Machines and the Women’s Liberation Movement
While conventional knowledge may suggest otherwise, academics strongly believe that the washing machine has done a lot of for the women’s liberation movements over the years. While it is largely considered to be a homemaker’s task, the fact that the appliance became available at home freed up the woman’s time enough to allow her to enter the workforce as she saw fit.
Almost all innovations have such a rich and fascinating history. If you would like to learn more about laundry facts and techniques, browse through our many articles as here at Cleaner Visions.