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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Did Coinstar add a delay and fake noises because people didn't believe a machine could count coins quickly?

I saw a post on Reddit claiming that Coinstar machines are extremely fast at counting coins, but that the company had to introduce a delay and fake noises to the machines because customers didn't ...
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Does using yellow paper hide the yellow tracking dots that commercial printers put on anything you print? [closed]

I just learned about those yellow dots printers put on paper that the government uses to track you in case it doesn't like what you're printing. Does anyone know if using yellow paper like this in ...
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Is Pepsin from pigs being used for cheesemaking in the United States?

A comment on this blog reads as follows: Your information is INCORRECT. Following is an excerpt from a letter from KRAFT food. "Thank you very much for asking if Kraft cheese products ...
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Are printers/cartridges designed to fail?

I stumbled upon this (off-topic) question on electronics.SE Are products designed to fail? I have heard that some companies trick consumers into buying and replacing printers & cartridges more ...
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Does the Black Rhodium Stream/Titan Power Cable provide improved sound quality to hi-fi systems?

Claims made for the Black Rhodium TITAN/Stream Power Cable (£795) are shown below. Is it true that this cable improves the sound quality of hi-fi systems? Black Rhodium Stream Power Cable A POWER ...
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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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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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Is the majority of milk in industrialized countries obtained from pregnant cows?

There is conflicting information out there. On the one hand we often find simple claims like The majority of milk in industrialized countries is obtained from pregnant cows, which contains increased ...
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Does baking soda remove stains from your teeth?

I've heard this a few times now with people claiming that brushing your teeth with baking soda is a good way to whiten your teeth and generally a better product to use than toothpaste. Toothpaste ...
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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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Do Humidifiers Increase Risk of Respiratory Infections?

According to this report "Humidification should preferably use evaporative or steam humidifiers, as cool mist humidifiers can disseminate aerosols contaminated with allergens" Similarly, a NY ...
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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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Can you sharpen scissors by cutting Aluminum foil?

I needed to sharpen a pair of scissors, so I did a quick Google search to learn the technique. I was very surprised to find a number of sites suggesting that scissors can be sharpened by cutting a ...
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Does “reverse sound technology” make headphones safer?

Purebuds Earphones claims that their use of "Reverse Sound Technology" makes their earbuds safer, preventing hearing damage. I searched for a scientific study of this technology, or at least a good ...
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Was superglue invented to seal bullet injuries in Vietnam?

I cut myself recently and used superglue to seal the wound. I thought it was normal but when I tell people that act like I'm crazy. Then I tell them this story: Superglue was invented during the ...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

It is commonly claimed that certain fruits (e.g. apples, bananas, high-ethylene fruits and their dastardly "ripening hormone") make other fruits ripen faster. These claims appear on mainstream media ...
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Do protective covers for mobile phones offer significant protection from serious physical damage?

Simple question, would those costly silicon and plastic covers protect my phone from damages if it were to fall to the ground? Due to commenters request - let's limit the question to iPhone covers ...
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Does high dryer heat shrink clothes?

The general consensus on the internet (if you Google around, visit forums, Yahoo! answers, some from people who claim to work in the laundering business) is that high dryer heat causes clothes to ...
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Can my coffee maker brew stronger coffee? [closed]

The product description for the Hamilton Beach Coffee maker notes that I can: Choose Your Brew Strength Get your preferred brew flavor with two brewing strengths – choose from bold or ...
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Does Calcium Chloride remove bad smells?

This advert for Thirsty Hippo Basic Tub claims it is: composed of calcium chloride maintains living conditions pleasant by eliminating moisture and bad smells of the air from a closet, wardrobe, ...
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Do the water filters in Pure & Clear filters work?

Dr Mercola advertises Pure & Clear Filters: Pure & Clear filters use a “selective filtration” process rather than a mechanical one for a couple of very important reasons. This advanced ...
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Does Pureit Polisher remove the chlorine from chlorinated water?

This purifier claims to produce 100% pure water. They use chlorine. Chlorine, when taken in for a long period, is bad for health. The 4 stage purification process. Polisher Removes chlorine and ...
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Is this “Remove child before washing” clothes label real?

The image below went somewhat viral: It shows a clothes label with the text "Remove child before washing". Is this an actual clothes label of an actual commercially available piece of clothing? Or ...
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Could a tattoo encode a wave form to reproduce significant sound sample? [closed]

I just ran into https://skinmotion.com/ which sells "Soundwave Tattoos". My gut says tattoos cannot have high enough resolution to actually encode 15s of audio - even at speech quality. Reading all ...
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Can the GoBe devices measure your caloric intake?

Healbe had an IndieGoGo campaign for the GoBe which raised about a million dollars. Only GoBe precisely calculates calorie intake, burn, and metabolic rate during any activity, with no logging, ...
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Was it only Johnson & Johnson which hid the link between its Talcum powder and Cancer risk? [closed]

Recently a woman successfully sued Johnson & Johnson for not giving enough warnings about the Cancer causing risks of its baby powder. But why only Johnson & Johnson? Do other Talcum powder ...
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Do handwashs kill 99.9% of bacteria?

My handwash liquid states that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. This usually comes with a disclaimer at the back: "based on laboratory tests". First of all, if I make a handwash, I would certainly like it ...
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Is sleeping on airbeds unhealthy?

I have often heard from people that sleeping on airbeds is not good for health, reasoning that it is filled with air and molds to the shape of our body, so cannot provide enough support for the back. ...
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Are cheap scallops made from flounders or stingrays?

Jaws the book (1974) claimed that if you use a cookie cutter to punch holes from flounder wings, you can create fake scallops and that these are commonly sold in restaurants: 'I was just looking at ...
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Do vinegar or salt prevent the cloth colors from bleeding?

Here are the claims: Vinegar helps “set” colors and prevents build-up of detergent residue, which contributes to color fading. [...] Pour ½ cup of salt in the wash cycle to prevent the dyes in ...
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Does vegetarianism save animals? [duplicate]

A common belief about vegetarians is that they reduce the number of animals that die or at least reduce the demand for meat. But I also heard that less demand for meat will reduce meat prices and ...
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Are there any laws preventing the copying of keys containing a DO NOT DUPLICATE stamp?

While I worked at Walmart during college in the states, we would copy keys for customers, unless the key looked like this. We were told that it was illegal to copy such keys, however, customers would ...
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Does Louis Vuitton burn all their unsold bags?

It first ran across the notion with this meme Every year Louis Vuitton burns all their unsold bags A google search yields lots of results but none of them seems credible. Snopes yields nothing. ...
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Are artificial sweeteners linked to strokes and dementia?

The Guardian is claiming a new study "links" drinking a can of artificially sweetened to dementia and stroke, then putting a disclaimer that the study does not show a "causal" connection. While ...
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Are the chemical compounds BPA, BPS and BPF harmful to humans?

According to the following article by Time, and the study that it cites, several compounds of the chemical bisphenol - used in commonly-handled products like shopping receipts and plastic containers ...
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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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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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Do desktop computers catch fire (often)?

My housemates don't want me setting up a home server because of fire hazard, I've seen very little, if anything, pointing to desktops causing fires, just laptop batteries (Can overheating laptops ...
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Does using a neck brace reduce damage taken in a car crash?

In the movie Focus, you can find this scene, where a man puts on a neck brace, before crashing into another car, and this same guy seems to be the only one unscathed. I know movies tend to portray ...
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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Is Casey Neistat's video of himself flying under a drone genuine?

In this video a vlogger shows off themselves flying, doing jumps and snowboarding uphill by being attached to a large drone. Was he effectively being dragged and lifted by the drone?
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Are people more careless with their mobile phones when an upgrade is due?

Gizmodo reports from an article in the Journal of Marketing Research that People Trash Their Phones When an Upgrade is Close The report describes the study further, noting that thee effect is ...
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Is it safe for nursing mothers to dye their hair?

My wife has been abstaining from dying her hair during pregnancy. Now the baby is born, I suggested she could use the dye again. She said no. A search online was inconclusive: A pregnant woman at ...
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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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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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Are bone conduction headphones safer with regards to hearing loss?

In this video, at about 1:35, a claim is made that bone conduction headphones are safer with regards to hearing loss, because the sound doesn't "affect the eardrum". Is that true? I thought hearing ...
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Do “License Plate Blockers” work?

There are several products on the market that claim to block license plates from being read by cameras, including: Plastic covers, number plate covers which are designed to protect your vehicle ...
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Does sharing earphones increase the risk of middle ear infections?

A Google search reveals many claims that sharing earphones is unhealthy. Marie Claire magazine provides an example: Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health at the ...
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Does Coca Cola taste different in glass bottles?

It is a common belief that the Coca Cola drink tastes different in glass bottles: Why does Coke from a glass bottle taste different? Why does Coke taste better in a bottle? Why does glass-bottled ...
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Do Duracell batteries last longer than normal batteries?

The claim is Up to 10 times longer lasting power (*) vs. ordinary zinc carbon batteries in high powered toys and flash cameras (picture from Amazon) Do Duracell batteries last longer than Zinc ...