Household Appliances

  • Mattress

    A Short History of Mattress Making tells us that "A typical bed of 1600 in its simplest form was a timber frame with rope or leather supports. The mattress was a 'bag' of soft filling which was most commonly straw and sometimes wool that was covered in plain, cheap fabric.
  • Pressure cooker

    Pressure cooker
    In 1679, French physicist Denis Papin invented the pressure cooker, called Papin's Digester, this airtight cooker produced a hot steam that cooked food more quickly while preserving nutrients.
  • Refridgerator

    The history of artificial refrigeration began when Scottish professor William Cullen designed a small refrigerating machine in 1755. Cullen used a pump to create a partial vacuum over a container of diethyl ether, which then boiled, absorbing heat from the surrounding air.The experiment even created a small amount of ice, but had no practical application at that time.
  • Peelers

    The nineteenth-century created numerous kitchen use inventions: toasters, potato mashers, apple/potato peelers, food choppers and sausage stuffers were all invented. Over 185 patents for coffee grinders and over 500 patents for apple/potato peelers were patented in the 1800s.
  • Coffee Pot

     Coffee Pot
    Coffee drinkers the world over no longer have to chew their brew. Benjamin Tompson , Count Rumford inventys the coffee Pot with a meta sieve to strain away the grounds.
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  • Lawn mower

    Lawn mower
    The first patent for a mechanical lawn mower described as a "Machine for mowing lawns, etc." was granted on August 31, 1830 to engineer, Edwin Beard Budding (1795-1846) from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. Budding's design was based on a cutting tool used for the uniform trimming of carpet.
  • Vacuum Cleaner

     Vacuum Cleaner
    Daniel Hess from West Union , Iowa The first person to to patent a version of the vacuum cleaner. his patent was actually called a carpet sweeper not a vacuum.
  • Linoleum

    In 1860, rubber manufacturer Fredrick Walton invented linoleum, the floor and wall covering often used in Victorian homes. Three years later, Walton received a British patent for his invention. Fredrick Walton was inspired to invent linoleum as a cheap substitute for the more expensive rubber composition called Kamptulicon. Walton got the idea for his product by observing the skin produced by oxidized linseed oil that forms on paint.
  • Waffle iron

    Waffle iron
    The waffle iron was patented on August 24, 1869, invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York. The patent (United States #94,xxx) described the invention as a "device to bake waffles.
  • water beds

    water beds
    The first water-filled beds were goatskins filled with water, used in Persia more then 3,600 years ago. In 1873, Sir James Paget at St Bartholomew's Hospital presented a modern waterbed designed by Neil Arnott as a treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • Vaseline

    Vaseline petroleum jelly was patented on May 14, 1878.
  • Deodorant

    The original formulation for Mum deodorant was invented in 1888, by an unknown inventor from Philadelphia and is generally recognized as being the first ever commercial product to prevent odor.
  • Dishwasher

    Mrs. Josephine G. Cockran os Shelbyville , Indiana eases kitchen labor everywhere by producing a practicable dishwashing machine.
  • Drinking faucet

    Drinking faucet
    The modern drinking fountain was invented and then manufactured in the early 1900s by two men and the respective company each man founded: Halsey Willard Taylor and the Halsey Taylor Company; and Luther Haws and the Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Co. These two companies changed how water was served in public places.
  • Coat Hanger

    Coat Hanger
    Albert J. Parkhouse, an employee of Timberlake Wire and Novelty Company in Jackson, Michigan, created a coat hanger in 1903, in response to co-workers’ complaints of too few coat hooks. He bent a piece of wire into two ovals with the ends twisted together to form a hook. Parkhouse patented his invention, but it is not known if he profited from it.
  • Fly swatter

    Fly swatter
    In 1905, Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine, a member of the Kansas State Board of Health, set out to rid the state of a bumper crop of flies and combat the public’s indifference to the pests. While attending a Topeka softball game, Crumbine was inspired by the crowd’s chant of "swat the ball." The next issue of his Fly Bulletin bore the headline "SWAT THE FLY." This in turn inspired a school teacher, Frank H. Rose to construct a device from a yardstick and a piece of screen. The holes in the screen were es
  • Electric Toaster

     Electric Toaster
    Frank Shaillor of general electric files a patent application for the D-12 , the first commercially successful toaster. The D-12 has a single heating element & no exterior casing. It has no working parts , no controls, & no seensors; a slice of bread must be turned by hand to toast on both sides.
  • Noxema

    In 1914, a skin cream was invented by Baltimore pharmacist George Bunting. The name of the skin cream "Dr. Bunting's Sunburn Remedy" was changed to Noxema after a customer swore that the cream had knocked out his eczema.
  • Blender

    In 1922, Stephen Poplawski invented the blender.
  • Electric kettle

    Electric kettle
    Arthur Leslie Large invented the electric kettle in 1922. General Electric introduced the electric kettle with an automatic cut-out in 1930.
  • Q-tips

    Cotton swabs under the brand name of Q-Tips were invented in 1923 by a Polish-born American named Leo Gerstenzang.
  • Garbage Disposer

    Garbage Disposer
    Architect, inventor John W. Hammes built his wife the world's first kitchen garbage disposer in 1927. After ten years of design improvement, Hammes went into business selling his appliance to the public. His company was called the In-Sink-Erator Manufacturing Company.
  • Washing Machine

    Washing Machine
    John W.Chamberlain of Bendix corp. invents a device that enables a washing machine to wash , rinse , and extract water from clothes in a single operation. It eliminates the need for cumbersome and often dangerous powered wringer rolls atop the machine.
  • Sunscreen

    Chemist Eugene Schueller invented the first sunscreen in 1936.
  • Stoves or Ovens

    Stoves or Ovens
    he first historical record of a stove being built refers to a stove built in 1490 in Alsace, France.
  • Microwave

    Percy Spencer invented the first microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the war. Named the "Radarange", it was first sold in 1946
  • Garbage Bag

    Garbage Bag
    Larry Hansen worked for the Union Carbide Company in Lindsay, Ontario, and the company bought the invention from Wasylyk and Hansen. Union Carbide manufactured the first green garbage bags under the name Glad Garbage bags for home use in the late 1960s.
  • Astroturf

    James Faria and Robert Wright of Monsanto Industries co-invented Astroturf. A patent for astroturf was filed for on December 25, 1965 and issued by the USPTO on July 25, 1967.
  • Home security

    Home security
    The first video home security system was patented (patent #3,482,037) on December 2, 1969 to Marie Brown. The system used television surveillance.
  • Combination smoke and heat detector alarm

    Combination smoke and heat detector alarm
    Combination smoke and heat detector alarm
    Patent Abstract - Sidney Jacoby - 3,938,115 - February 10, 1976
    A combination smoke and heat detector alarm including a self contained stored energy source in the form of a cylinder of compressed gas. A T-fitting connects to the cylinder and feeds separate conduit systems leading to individual sounding devices. A fusible element is interposed in one of the conduit systems to automatically permit transfer of the compressed gas to a first sounding device u
  • swimming pools

    swimming pools
    Swimming pools - at least man-made watering holes for bathing and swimming - go back at least as far as 2600 B.C.E. The first elaborate construction are probably The Great Baths of Mohenjodaro, an ancient and elaborate bathing site in Pakistan made from bricks and covered in plaster, with terraced decks that wouldn’t look out of place in a modern pool landscape.