- There are plenty of things inside our houses right now that we may take for granted, from Tide laundry detergent to Drano and Advil.
- Some of these iconic brands have gone through big design changes throughout their histories.
- Listerine used to be an antiseptic for surgery, not mouthwash.
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Tide and Drano used to come in powder or crystal form, Listerine came corked in a glass bottle, and Windex was sold in an aerosol can.
Keep scrolling to see how 10 of your favourite household products have changed since they were first sold.
Ivory Soap was first sold in 1878 by Procter & Gamble. It was marketed as the “Soap that Floats,” since air was accidentally mixed into the formula, causing it to float.
Source: Ohio History Central
Ivory has remained the same in the 100-plus years of its existence — although the packaging has changed.
Tide laundry detergent was launched in 1946. It was sold as a powder in cardboard boxes.
It’s been the leading laundry detergent in the US since 1949.
Now Tide comes in all shapes and sizes, including these plastic jugs filled with liquid, and the famous Tide Pods.
Tide Pods were the last type of Tide detergent to be introduced – they hit the market in 2012.
Liquid Tide was released in 1984.
Windex was first released in 1936 as windshield cleaner and came in glass bottles. It soon expanded to service home windows and was packaged in aerosol cans.
Windex is now sold in the classic spray bottle, which it helped popularise as the standard “not safe to drink” bottle shape.
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The first disposable Pampers diaper was sold in 1961 — before that, washable cloth diapers were the norm.
According to Procter & Gamble, it took years of research and development to create disposable diapers that parents could feasibly use, and that were both comfortable and cost-effective.
Pampers are now a global staple that come in all shapes and sizes — though washable cloth diapers are once again on the rise.
Dyson vacuum cleaners have only been around since 1990. Here’s what the first one looked like.
Dyson vacuums are known for being bagless. The first “bagless vacuum,”called the G-Force, was sold exclusively in Japan by Dyson for a cool $US2,000.
Today Dyson vacuums barely look like vacuums at all, and the company has branched out into other appliances.
They’re cordless, they’re thin, and they’re cheaper than $US2,000 – though not by much.
Listerine used to be sold in a glass bottle with a cork, back when it was first invented as an antiseptic in 1879.
Listerine was inspired by an English doctor named Joseph Lister, who was the first surgeon to conduct procedures in a sterilized room in 1865, leading to a fall in mortality rates.
Just over a decade later, another doctor, Dr. Joseph Lawrence, was inspired by Lister and began bottling Listerine, “a unique antiseptic for use in surgeries and bathing wounds.”
Listerine now encompasses different flavours and products, in addition to the classic mouthwash — but in a plastic bottle with the trademark serving-size cap.
Listerine first as sold as prescription mouthwash in 1914, and over the years it has become the preeminent mouthwash in the US.
Drano was originally sold as a crystal mixture in 1923.
Drano is most likely everyone’s first thought when they encounter a clogged drain – for almost 50 years, it was the only name in drain cleaning.
Drano is now primarily sold in liquid or gel form.
SC Johnson & Son purchased Drackett, which produces Drano, in 1992. Drackett also produces Windex.
Roomba, the popular automatic vacuuming robot, was invented in 2002 by iRobot.
Purchasing a Roomba meant that the days of vacuuming your own apartment were in the past. Plus, they’re kind of like little robot pets.
The Roomba is currently on its seventh iteration, though it doesn’t look much different from the original.
The newest Roomba actually empties itself and memorizes a home’s floor plan.
Perhaps surprisingly, Advil has only been around since 1984.
Ibuprofen, the active ingredient, was only patented by UK scientists in 1961. It took more than two decades for Pfizer to bring the pain reliever to the US under the name Advil.
The Advil packaging largely remains the same, down to the font.
In 1918, Frigidaire started to mass produce refrigerators for the home. The design looks more like a wooden cabinet.
In 1924, Frigidaire added cubbies like these, for different products like ice cream and produce.
Now fridges can connect to the internet.
They’re called Smart Fridges – some even connect to Alexa, or come with a built-in Keurig.
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