This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About Home Appliances

You probably spent a lot of money on your home's appliances, so you might as well get the most out of them. Here are some of the most common myths and old wives' tales about dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances.

The Mental Floss YouTube channel and host Elliott Morgan are here to debunk all those things you've heard through the grapevine about your home appliances. Things like the fact that dishwashers use quite a bit less water than washing dishes by hand, washing clothes in cold water is just as clean as washing in warm water, you can keep your refrigerator running more efficiently by cleaning the coils once a year, and the water left over at the bottom of your dishwasher is actually a good thing. The more you know about your appliances, the better you can use them.

Misconceptions about Appliances [YouTube]


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    To make it easy for the non-watchers:
    1: Refrigerator blows cold air. Truth: It doesn't.
    2: Dishwaters waste water so you should hand wash things. Truth: Modern dishwashers only use about 9L per wash.
    3: You don't need to wash your coffee machine. Truth: You do.
    4: Metal gets really hot in the microwave. Truth: Metal doesn't absorb microwaves, so it doesn't heat up like plastic.
    5: Cold machine wash won't clean your clothes. Truth: Modern machines and cleaning agents work fine with cold water. Also less chance of shrinkage.
    6: You can put knives in the dishwasher. Truth: Apparently experts say you're meant to hand wash knives.
    7: Hair dryers dry your hair evenly. Truth: They have hotspots.
    8: You can't make your refrigerator more efficient. Truth: You can. Keep the cooling coils dust free.
    9: Vacuum cleaners suck up everything on the floor. Truth: They don't. And there are some things you shouldn't let them suck up.
    10: Water at the bottom of the dishwasher means it's broken. Truth: No it doesn't.

      1. To be fair they do actually blow cold air of the internal coil. That's the whole purpose of the refrigeration cycle; to blow cold air. The warm air isn't absorbed by the liquid as he says in the video; the heat in the air is absorbed as the liquid transitions to a gas.

      4. The metal gets hot due to the arcing that occurs as opposed microwave absorption like water/plastic/ceramic.

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