Washing machines are primarily made of sheet steel. Usually, the spin tub is made of steel with a porcelain coating. Plastic parts also constitute a small part of a washing machine assembly.Continue Reading
The scrub board was the first "washing machine" invented. They have been made of wood, corrugated metal and even plastic. They were even called "a great American invention" by the New York Times and can still be seen around in antiques shops, garage sales or laying around in your grandma's house. Interestingly, scrub boards are also used as a musical instrument. To play it, you must tap on it, and scrub occasionally.
After the scrub board, the first washing machine with a drum was invented. According to About, James King patented the machine in 1851, but it was still hand powered. Finally, in 1908, an electric washing machine was introduced. Invented by Alva J. Fisher, the Thor was a drum type washing machine that resembled the ones we see today, containing a galvanized tub and an electric motor.
The electric dryer machine was born soon after. A Frenchman named Pochon built "the ventilator", a metal drum with holes in it that was turned by hand over fire. Just like with the washboard, the dryer also became electric.Learn more about Washers & Dryers
Washing machines operate differently during the steam cycle depending on the brand. Some brands heat the water directly in the tub, which makes steam. Other brands use a steam generator and then send the steam through a nozzle into the tub.Full Answer >
Washing machines can contain two types of filters: a lint filter to trap lint and stray fibers and a filter screen at the end of the water supply hoses that collects small particles. Each type of filter can be easily cleaned or replaced inexpensively.Full Answer >
Washing machines with agitators are available at retail outlets such as Home Depot and Lowe's. All are top-load models and include brands such as Whirlpool, LG and GE. The agitator style washing machines tend to be smaller, with less load capacity than those with impellers.Full Answer >
Washing machines are not essential to life, but they save labor and time and have benefited human health. Because cleaning clothes was long considered woman's work, washing machines have also helped free women from household chores, allowing them to enter the paid work force.Full Answer >