Those blockbuster Marvel movies only show our favorite superheroes when they’re out saving the world. If you want a glimpse of what heroes like Iron Man do the rest of the time, look no further than this incredibly articulated humanoid robot called TEO, who’s recently learned to iron clothing.
New research shows that as many as 700,000 microscopic fibers are released into the environment each time we do the laundry. It’s a problem with no easy solution in sight.
The makers of the FoldiMate realize that the worst part of doing laundry is having to fold all your clothes once they come out of the washer and dryer. A third machine that does all that for you could revolutionize chores as we know it, but the FoldiMate might not be the answer to our lazy prayers.
When laundry day finally rolls around, how often do you follow those washing care instructions included on garment tags? Never, right? Because those obscure symbols might as well be hieroglyphics. But a new app called Laundry Care works like a smartphone Rosetta Stone to automatically translate them for you.
He helped the Rebels defeat an evil empire, but little did R2-D2 know his glory years were behind him, and ahead lay a lifetime of menial chores including gobbling up your laundry so that it doesn’t end up as a dirty pile on the floor.
Since it’s already dirty, there’s really no reason not to just throw all your laundry on the floor, right? But if you’ve got a partner or roommate who says otherwise, Wham-O’s got a pretty sweet laundry bag with a basketball hoop attached so putting away dirty laundry is just like making free-throws.
More than 60% of Americans still wash their laundry in warm water. It’s a practice that’s as costly as it is environmentally unfriendly. What’s more, it doesn’t make our clothes appreciably cleaner. Here’s why you should make the switch to cold water.
For a lot of us the original Game Boy was our childhood salvation from long car rides and other boring ordeals. And thanks to ThinkGeek, this Game Boy-inspired laundry bag might also be our salvation from bedroom floors covered in piles of smelly dirty laundry.
Washing machines aren't sexy until you have to choose between two hours or 20 bucks to get your underwear clean. After nearly a decade of that racket, I'm not ashamed to admit I lust for laundry unit of my very own. As it turns out, science is hard at work helping my mundane wet dream come true.
Is there anything worse than having to waste an evening hand-washing your clothes in a sink while on vacation? Absolutely not. So the creators of the Dolfi want their little contraption to do most of the work for you, passively scrubbing clothes clean using ultrasonic vibrations while you're sipping Mai Tais on a…
Willow Garage's PR2 robot is designed to work in factories performing repetitive tasks, but unlike other manufacturing bots it's not purpose built for a single job. Instead, it can be easily taught to perform almost any task—and that now includes almost handling every step required to do a load of laundry. Rosie from …
Everyone has a few garments that they need to dry clean on occasion, even it's just for that one wedding every few years. But the solvent most commonly used in the process, known as "perc," is a known carcinogen. Fortunately, there's a better option available.
I hate doing laundry. I hate stuffing the musky-smelling threads into a machine. I hate pouring in the soap. I hate folding it, when it's done. I hate the whole dance. So when I heard about two major innovations in the laundry-doing arena, I got excited—perhaps a little too excited.
Next time you do laundry, don't just walk away after you put the load in. You'll miss the monsters. Because if you stare through the looking glass, you'll discover terrifying creatures that look like they come from Guillermo del Toro's imagination trapped inside.
It's hard not to feel guilty when your underwear is on its third tour of duty because you haven't done laundry for weeks. But Brandon Washington has managed to find a plus side to procrastinating on a trip to the laundromat with his Martino Hamper chair that's all but useless without a mountain of soiled garments.
LED lighting is great. The right bulb gives the same warm incandescent glow you love from a fraction of the energy. But there's a downside: while LEDs make cities look awesome, the most common type of LED lighting dims the ultraviolet trick laundry detergents use to make white clothes look whiter. The future is…
While today's high-efficiency washing machines use far less water than their predecessors, they still consume between 10 and 24 gallons of water per load—and as much as 9,000 gallons per US household per year. That's a lot of water just for cleaning clothes, especially with the growing drought conditions throughout…
In a breakthrough that could vastly improve life for college students—and their parents—around the world, Tide has developed what could very well be the world's first self-cleaning t-shirt.
Of all the buzzwords of the retrofuture, nothing tickled the imagination of midcentury Americans quite like "automatic." Sure, the word pops up here and there in 1930s advertisements for things like the house of the future. And the word was incredibly popular during the rise of the push button at the turn of the 20th…
It's one of the most mundane tasks you probably undertake so, if you're anything like me, you probably put off doing your laundry until the absolute last minute. But do astronauts do the same in space?