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What is Ironing Board in Tagalog? Origin and Evolution of Design

What is Ironing Board in Tagalog? Origin and Evolution of Design

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The ironing board in Tagalog is called “kabayo ng plansta,” where kabayo means “horse” and plantsa means “flat iron.” No one knows when Filipinos started to call the ironing board “kabayo.” Nonetheless, this ironing tool is long and narrow and looks like a horse. In Spanish, the ironing board is called “burro de planchar,” where burro means “donkey.” The Vikings in the 9th century were believed to have invented the ironing board. These boards were about 1 foot long and made of whalebone but had no legs. The Vikings used heavy pieces of glass to smooth their linen. When the flat iron was invented, kitchen tables were used as ironing boards or longer boards that were supported by two chairs.  The patent for the first ironing table was awarded to W. Vandenburg and J. Harvey on Febru...
What is Clothespin in Tagalog? History, Types, and Earlier Designs

What is Clothespin in Tagalog? History, Types, and Earlier Designs

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A clothespin in Tagalog is called “sipit ng damit,” where sipit means “clip” and damit means “clothes.” Also called clothes pegs, clothespins are small laundry fastening devices that hold clothes hanging on a clothesline. Interestingly, this tiny invention has other notable uses such as holding nails while hammering them and as clothespin dolls. Before clothespins were invented, washerwomen used to hang clothes hoping that they wouldn't be blown by the wind. The first recorded patent for clothespins was awarded to Jeremie Victor Opdebec in 1809. His clothespin design is a one-piece wood with two prongs but without any mechanism. Hence, it was not as efficient as one would expect.  In 1832, Samuel Pryor became the first American to receive a patent for a clothespin. However, the U...
What is Clothes Iron in Tagalog? History, Types, and Designs

What is Clothes Iron in Tagalog? History, Types, and Designs

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Also called flat iron, clothes iron in Tagalog is called “plantsa sa damit” or simply “plantsa” if you are referring to laundry tools. Fashion today seems to have shifted to wrinkle-free clothes and fewer people are wearing perfectly ironed casual clothes. However, some clothes still need smooth ironing, such as school uniforms and long sleeves polo for men. The history of ironing clothes dates back to ancient civilizations, such as the Chinese, Egyptians, and Greeks, thousands of years ago. Back then, various techniques were used to remove wrinkles from garments, including using glass objects or rounded stones heated by fire. The Chinese people used metal pans filled with hot water. There is no single person credited with the invention of flatirons. The first true "plantsa" was ...
What is Clothesline in Tagalog? Designs, Pros and Cons, and Law

What is Clothesline in Tagalog? Designs, Pros and Cons, and Law

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A clothesline in Tagalog is called “sampayan,” derived from the word "sampay," which means "hang." This laundry tool is used for drying clothes under the heat of the sun. Hanging newly-washed clothes outdoors is a great way to kill bacteria and dust mites. This method is also much cheaper than using a clothes dryer, and helps save our environment. The practice of using a sampayan to air dry clothes naturally is common worldwide, particularly in spacious areas. Typically, a sampayan consists of a lengthy wire, rope, or string that is tightly stretched and fastened at both ends to posts or walls. The height of the clothesline is usually determined by the user's comfortable reach with minimal effort. To prevent clothes from falling or being blown away by the wind, they are either pl...
What is Washing Paddle in Tagalog? Brief History and How to Use

What is Washing Paddle in Tagalog? Brief History and How to Use

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A washing paddle in Tagalog is called “palo-palo,” where palo means “hit.” As the name implies, this customized paddle is one of the oldest laundry tools in the world. It is used to remove dirt and stains from clothes while washing them. Also called a washing bat, the palo-palo is made of wood that looks like a baker's peel. It has a thicker body and shorter handle, though. Interestingly, the use of a piece of wood to wash clothes has been around since the ancient Romans (753 BC). Aside from using wood, clothes were also washed by scrubbing sand on them, beaten over the rocks, and pounded under bare feet. Later, people designed the washing paddle to make it more efficient and comfortable to use. Similar to other countries, Filipino women (and sometimes men) used to wash clothes b...
What is Laundry Detergent in Tagalog? History, Kinds and Uses

What is Laundry Detergent in Tagalog? History, Kinds and Uses

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Laundry detergent in Tagalog is called “sabong panlaba.” In English, sabon means “soap” and panlaba means “for washing”. Note that detergent is different from soap, especially the bath soap. Laundry detergent in the Philippines is commonly available in bars and powder. Liquid detergent is also available in the country but is not widely used.  Some people use the terms "detergent" and "soap" interchangeably. However, these two cleaning agents differ in their ingredients and characteristics. Detergents contain chemical ingredients like enzymes that aid in breaking down dirt and stains on fabrics, while soaps typically consist of natural ingredients such as plant oils and animal fats. Historically, Filipino women used to wash clothes in groups by the river, utilizing running water a...