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History of Washing Clothes
The washing machine meets a basic need: washing clothes and household linens. Having clean clothes and linens, and the desire to make washing less strenuous, led to the washing machine innovations we now have.
First Public Laundries
The Romans built public laundries, using fermented human urine, since imported fuller’s grass from Syria was too expensive to bleach their linens. The urine, produced a high concentration of ammonia, which was poured into tanks, and fullers (or fuller women) would tread on the sheets and clothes while soaking in the urine tanks to clean the fabrics.
The Invention of the Washing Machine
The invention of the washing machine is credited to Jacob Christian Schaffer in 1767. Thirty years later in 1797, American Nathaniel Briggs received the first patent for a mechanical washing machine. His design consisted of a tank that could be filled with hot water, agitated with a lever to wash the clothes, the water was drained through a tap and these washed clothes were then wrung between two rollers to squeeze out excess water.
In 1920, the first electric machines were created with only the turning mechanism powered by electricity; the remaining controls still had to be operated manually. By 1930, models incorporated pressure switches, thermostats, and timers. This made them automatic.