5 Fun Facts About Washing Machines

Written by: Luke Ward
Reading time: 1 min
Last updated: January 24, 2022

Did you know that most socks in the USA are inexplicably lost in washing machines?

Washing Machine Facts

Many of us use washing machines every day, or at least make our parents use them… but do we know any facts about washing machines?

Personally, all I knew was that if you push the start button it gives you clean clothes!

Check out these fun facts about washing machines.

The washing machine, in the powered version that we know it, has existed since 1908, though there were previous incarnations as well.

Before that, washing machines were hand-powered or, prior to that, simply boards or rocks that clothing was scraped against.

A huge majority of the socks that are lost in the United States disappear in washing machines, although there are no solid theories as to why.

Washing machines that load from the front, rather than from the top, are more efficient and clean their loads better.

Almost a quarter of the water used in the United States is used by our washing machines.

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  1. Roseline May 4, 2020

    This gave me so much help with helping my kids write about washing machines!
    I really think this website is a good learning platform!