Questions tagged [consumer-products]

Use this tag for questions about the effectiveness of products which are sold to end consumers. Typically this is used for claims about products when there is no more specific tag available, such as [medicaments] or [natural-remedies].

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Does regularly drinking from a plastic container cause cancer?

I drink water from my plastic cup regularly and a friend commented that it could cause cancer. He also added that I should not heat food in plastic containers or wrappings in the microwave as that ...
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Can running a fan while sleeping in a closed room cause death?

It is a widely held belief in South Korea that you can suffocate if you leave a fan running in a closed room while you sleep. Is there any truth or science behind this? (See Wikipedia on Fan Deaths)
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Do fruit/vegetable washes effectively remove pesticides?

Is there any evidence to suggest that commercially available fruit/vegetable washes can effectively remove pesticides from produce? Here are some example claims: Veggie Wash uses natural cleaners ...
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Ultrasound pest control devices

A couple times I've seen advertised on TV and in supermarkets electronic devices that allegedly irritate all sort of insects and rodents, such as mosquitoes, mice, and rats, forcing them away from the ...
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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Some people claim that the aluminium in antiperspirants can cause cancer. For example, Mercola.com: Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people's day, and you may not think much ...
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Can artificial sweeteners make you gain weight?

For the last five decades, diet soda has been a given for anyone on a diet who wants to drink something other than water. This because instead of it containing large quantities of sugar it had ...
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Does Ryanair use cookies to raise the price of their tickets after you have visited the site before?

According to this website, this and a few others, apparently, RyanAir uses cookies to detect whether you've been to the site before and increases the price, presumably because it believes if you're ...
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If I buy "flushable" wipes, can I flush them without problems?

I know they say "Flushable" right on the package, but are they? Do they break down fast enough to not cause problems in septic/sewer systems?
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Are old car models more reliable than new ones?

I heard that components from older cars (like the ones before '92-93) are more resistant than the ones from new cars. New ones are made from cheap elements, so if you push them to the limit they will ...
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Do magnetic water softeners work?

I'm extremely skeptical of the idea of magnetic water softeners (strong magnets attached to pipes), but desperately wish it were true because I hate lugging 40# bags of salt out to my well house in ...
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Can tapping the top of a soda/pop stop it fizzing over?

People often tap the top of coke cans to stop them foaming over like this: Is there any evidence to suggest that tapping the top stops this happening?
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Does The LEGO Group produce more tires than any other tire manufacturer?

This claim, mentioned in the title text of the most recent XKCD, is one that I've heard before. The LEGO Group is already the world's largest tire manufacturer. This time, however, I did some ...
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Do LED lights of any colour damage your eyes?

There is a Daily Mail article from May 2013: Do 'environmentally friendly' LED lights cause BLINDNESS? In the article, they specifically focus on blue LED lights and the wavelength of this light ...
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Are ceramic heaters more efficient than convection heaters?

A colleague is trying to tell me that I should pay more and get a ceramic heater rather than a cheap convection room heater because I'll save money on electricity. I have one like this: Sure it's ...
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Do ultrasonic cat repellents work?

Amazon sells roughly 355 different cat repellent products but judging by the consumer ratings, most of them don't actually work -- and even those that do, could be correlation rather than causation. ...
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Can airport X-ray machines scramble Kindle screens?

According to the Daily Mail, there have been reports of X-ray machines scrambling Kindle screens, despite Amazon's claims that it is impossible. Can X-ray machines have this effect?
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Air Ionizers built in to laptops - Marketing gimmick?

I came across this claim on a currently selling Asus laptop: My gut reaction is that this is just a marketing gimmick. Is there any way to validate Asus's claims?
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Are consumer-grade laser pointers sold in the US lasers?

In comments on Would a laser weapon visibly fire?, it is claimed that the majority of devices sold to consumers as lasers are, in fact, LED-based. I think that (at least in the US), laser devices up ...
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Does the E-Kaia device harvest electrical power from small plants?

The E-Kaia device claims to be able to harvest electricity released into soil by small plants. Here's a Daily Mail article describing it. And because not all of the electrons are needed, harvesting ...
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Can the Bioguard X bracelet protect the body from radiation?

We have TV commercials in Israel right now of a new invention that is also planned, from what I read, to be marketed worldwide. It is a bracelet that according to the company protects you from ...
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Do CFL light bulbs last >8 times as long as incandescents?

It is claimed that CFL bulbs will last many times longer than incandescents; Wikipedia gives a figure from 8x to 15x. My own experience is that I'm replacing CFLs far more often than those figures ...
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Wi-fi is more power-efficient than 3G?

Everyone is saying that Wi-Fi is more power-efficient than 3G on smartphones. But, I don't think so, because two radios are turned on at the same time, the 3G radio is still active when enabling Wi-...
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Is this Halloween campaign from Pepsi and Coca Cola real?

For 2013's Halloween, there's an ad on the internet about a Pepsi can with a Coke costume, stating it's “scary”, to which Coca Cola responds with “Everybody wants to be a hero”. So far, so good, but ...
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Do many commonly consumed food items in Australia have the halal certification emblem on them?

I found this quote in a viral email: "In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the ...
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