The first washing machine was invented in 1858 by Hamilton Smith. This machine was a rotary machine. By 1908 Alva J. Fisher, had introduced the electric washing machine.
The Washing Machine
The reason for the invention was to wash clothes.
The washing machine was used by people who wanted to have clean clothes to wear. When clothes became dirty, people could wash a load of laundry at once.
Before the invention of the washing machine, clothes were washed on a scrub/rub board piece by piece. The clothes were then hung outside to dry.
The washing machines biggest help to society was that it saved time. The washing machine cleaned the clothes so that you did not have to manually use a scrub/rub board.
The negative impact of the washing machine is the effect on the environment. Synthetic fibers have been found a long the shoreline. These fibers are made of toxic chemicals and find there way into the water systems. Washing clothes also uses about 40 gallons of water per wash. Water consumption adds up to thousands of gallons per year. Carbon dioxide emissions from the machine creates 440 kg in one year just by washing clothes laundry every 2 days.