Today the washing machine is an integral part of our everyday life. It is hard to imagine that a century ago women could not even dream of such a household helper. But how much do we know about this wonderful invention?
We present you 5 interesting facts about washing machines.
1. The first washing machine appeared in 1874 in the house of the inventor William Blackstone (USA), who gave it to his wife for her birthday. The price of a washing machine at that time was 2.5 dollars. Blackstone later opened his own company and began mass production, which exists to this day.
In Europe, mechanical washing machines first began to be produced in 1900. The inventor of the new washing equipment, which worked on the basis of an oil churn, was the German Carl Miele.
Today there are more than 100 manufacturers of automatic washing machines worldwide.
2 Originally, washing machines were cumbersome and difficult to handle, so women stopped doing their laundry at home and started turning in their laundry to laundries. In the 19th century, most men worked in large commercial laundries, because this work was considered quite hard for women. With the reduction in the size of machines and their simplification, women returned to doing laundry at home.
3. The world’s first powder for washing clothes in automatic washing machines appeared in June 1907. It was produced by Henkel in Germany. The new detergent quickly gained success with consumers, through which the annual production of the powder company has increased to 4,700 tons.
4. In the American city of Eaton (Colorado), there is a Washing Machine Museum. The owner of the museum, Lee Maxwell, for many years, collected and restored more than 600 examples of washing machines. Today, visitors to the museum can see how some of the first washing machines of the early twentieth-century work, because most of the exhibits are in working order.
5. According to statistics, we are so accustomed to the constant use of this invention that we turn on the washing machine on average 8-10 times a week. Therefore, about 22-25% of the total volume of water consumed in the house is accounted for by this device.
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