Soap cleans clothes better than magnets. There, we are spoiling the ending so don’t accuse us of clickbaiting. The funny thing is that folks believe this is plausible enough to ask magnets experts so often that they dedicate a blog entry to comparing magnets and soap. Since you already know how this ends, let’s talk about why this is important. Science. Even though some magnet retailers, herein referred to as [the experts] can easily dismiss this question as fanciful or ridiculous, they apply the scientific method to show that their reasoning is sound and clean evidence is on their side. [The experts] detail the materials and techniques in their experiment so peers may replicate the tests and come to the same results themselves. We do not doubt that the outcome would be equally conclusive.
The experiment includes a control group which processes dirty clothes without detergent or magnets, one group with only magnets, one group with only detergent, and one group with both. White clothing was soiled with four well known garment killers and manually agitated in a bin of warm water. We guessed that magnets would be on par with the control group, and we were pleased to be right. [The experts] now have a body of work to reference the next time someone comes at them with this line. The only question now is if tricky spouses used science to get nerds to do the laundry.
In this age of spin, keeping facts straight instead of jumping to heartfelt conclusions is more vital than ever. We are all potentially citizen scientists so testing a conspiracy is within everyone’s grasp.
31 thoughts on “Magnets Versus Laundry Detergent”
Perhaps the magnets need to be fine tuned to the current mood of the turtle carrying the earth?
The turtle is happier with less soap to pollute, so you have to tune it slightly above the current mood to account for the joy of seeing magnets used instead.
The turtle directly under the Earth has no influence. It’s the turtle all the way at the bottom whose mood you need to account for.
Thank. You. If I have one pet peeve it’s people in S.T.E.M. fields responding to scams, pseudoscience, and trolling with “your stupid, believe in SCIENCE!” Instead of demonstrating through testing.
But the science is the testing and the testing is the science.
Don’t tell that to a theoretical physicist like those who are into unverifiable concepts like string theory and multiverses. They might go into serious pout mode or rage-quit the meeting. … sounds like an experiment to do … SCIENCE!! (Actually all that intellectual fantasizing can, on rare occasions, be useful when real observations need a model to explain them. It also serves society by keeping them at their desks rather than out in the open where they can be a hazard to everyone else.)
BTW, Earnshaw’s theorem is TRUTH. Anyone saying otherwise hasn’t done enough of either playing with magnets and working with some of the math and simulation. :-)
Are these so-called magnet retailers being paid off by Johnson & Johnson? Is this an elaborate global conspiracy to cover up the territorial control of these powerful soap magnates?
Soap magnets benefiting soap magnates?
Soap magnet are a thing, mainly a ’70s thing. Instead to have a soap holder you wedge a magnet in the soap bar so you can put the soap nicely on the stainless steel holder. It’s a quite easy hack to do, provided you can work stainless steel.
Some stainless is not magnetic.
The holder was cheap plastic in 70ies colours, or more expensive models were from stainless, both contained a magnet on the underside. And you had to press a beer bottle cap (“Kronkorken”, https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronkorken) into a soap bar after first use. Then you could hang the soap bar under the soap holder. voilá – no messy spot besides the tap any more.
The magnets only work on the flat earth model.
A ghastly number of scientists (and their fellow “scientists”) are unable to identify the impossible, and particularly if it is in statistics. I won’t say which disciplines suffer the most, but they sound like biology, sociology, and all the wild animal studies stuff. Learning to identify the impossible is incredibly useful.
Experiment: Can Magnets clean stains?
Results: 4 ruined shirts!
Next up, someone should test whether smart meters can cause cancer. There’s an astonishing number of people who believe this as well, and I’d wager they overlap with people who believe magnets can clean laundry.
5G is the new hot conspiracy, because “they” want to kill all their customers for some reason. Smart meters haven’t killed enough people.
House fires are enough.
I’ll bet the believe magnets can cure arthritis, especially if they are “nano-magents” infused into elastic bracelets, elbow, and knee things with the incantation “copper” printed on them.
“We are all potentially citizen scientists so testing a conspiracy is within everyone’s grasp.”
The Illuminati are running the world.
Nope I’m pretty sure it’s the stupidinati.
Except if you spill a hot cup of iron filings all over that nice linen shirt.
These sorts of thing are the best way to demonstrate science. Hypothesis and a testable negative. Bullying is little more than emotional masturbation.
Just like Global Warming?
Yeah, big problem there. What is the control? What is the theory? What is the experiment? How can it be falsified?
Where is the control group which does without water?
Why is water not mentioned in this washing discussion?
For Science. You monster.
“In this age of spin”? I see what you did there.
To be fair, the magnet cleaning theory was started by the wives of ironworkers. ;)
If you want to wash without soap. Ultrasonic seems to work well though:
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