In today’s world, we find it hard to imagine not having the modern household appliances we rely on to make our lives easier. Modern technology has made available many appliances to save us time and simplify our work in the house. We have machines to cook, wash and dry clothes, wash dishes, clean floors and so forth. Five of the basic home appliances that have revolutionized our home cooking and cleaning are: dishwashers, water softeners, microwave ovens, robot vacuum cleaners and clothes dryers.
After cooking and enjoying a delicious meal, no one enjoys cleaning up the residue of the meal, and then washing up by hand. This is when a dishwasher comes to the rescue. All you need to do is load the dirty dishes in, and the dishwasher will spray them with hot water and detergent until they are sparkling clean. After draining out the dirty water, it will then dry the dishes.
A dishwasher will save you valuable time and effort, save water and reduce kitchen clutter, as you can load it up as you use dishes and cooking implements. As an added bonus, it will also do a better and more sanitary job than dishwashing by hand.
Dishwashers first become available commercially in the mid-1950s, and progressed to the latest technology of smart dishwashers. These can be controlled by your Smart phone, even when you’re not at home.
2. Water Softener
If your soap, detergent or shampoo won’t lather and the inside your electric kettle is covered in scale, this is definitely a sign you have hard water. The minerals calcium, manganese and magnesium carbonate are highly concentrated in hard water. Your health will not be harmed by these minerals, but they are a nuisance as they cause deposits in your plumbing, water heater and all appliances that use water. Also, your water bills will be higher as you will use more water when rinsing soap out of your clothes, hair and when showering.
According to Unified Water, buying a water softener will provide the solution to a hard water problem. They come in two types – salt based ion exchange and salt free. As the name suggests, the salt free type uses potassium chloride instead of salt to prevent minerals being deposited as scale on water pipes and appliances. This is the better choice if you have to watch your salt intake. The other type softens water by replacing the minerals with sodium chloride.
3. Microwave Oven
This has been one of the most revolutionary home cooking appliances, by cutting your cooking time down to almost nothing. With a microwave, anyone can have a meal ready in minutes instead of hours. This is ideal when you arrive home from work late, and the last thing you feel like doing is spending an hour or so cooking dinner.
Microwave cooking was first discovered when someone accidentally melted some candy using radio waves. Originally, microwaves were used in World War 2 for radar reconnaissance. Research was done after that to harness this power for cooking. The first domestic models were introduced in 1967.
4. Robot Vacuum Cleaner
Unfortunately, dust and dirt are a part of life that every household has to cope with. The invention of the vacuum cleaner was certainly a boon to cope with this continual influx. Now, the latest technology has produced robot vacuum cleaners to take over your floor cleaning work. You can sit back and watch as the robot does your work for you.
Robot vacuums work by using a sensor to move around the room while avoiding obstacles. They come with functions such as virtual walls to keep them in the room you want vacuumed, remote operation, pre-setting to vacuum at certain times. Your robot vacuum will even return to its home base to be recharged. They usually work best on hard floors, but can be used on low pile carpet.
5. Clothes Dryer
Sometimes it can be a pain during rainy weather when you need your washing dried. Enter the clothes dryer, one of the most convenient modern inventions. If you have the time and good weather, it is always healthier to hang your clothes out in the fresh air and sunshine to dry. But a clothes dryer is a necessary appliance if that isn’t possible.
They do use a lot of energy. But the convenience of having clean, dry clothes on wet days outweighs this, especially if you have a baby or toddler producing a mountain of washing.
Clothes dryers were invented early in the 20th century to make a perfect pigeon pair with the electric washing machine.
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