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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Do ionizing hair-dryers reduce frizz and drying time?

The new wave in Hair Dryer technology involves marketing benefits based on Ionization. Is there any evidence for any of this though? Conair® Turbo 1875: "Ionic technology helps enhance your hair's ...
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Is Coca-Cola effective at removing blood-stains?

From My Perfect Automobile: In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident. I doubt it's real. Does Coca-Cola work ...
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Does placing metal inside the microwave damage the microwave?

It's practically common knowledge that microwaving metal objects can damage the microwave. I've heard this multiple times, mostly from my mom, and I've always believed it to be true. But is it? Would ...
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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 PC-based players generally superior to console-based players in first-person shooters?

I have heard that the reason that the XBox live games cannot be played with friends on Windows machines is that when MS tried it out, the keyboard-based players were so dominant that Microsoft decided ...
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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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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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Is consuming drinking water stored in PET bottles harmful

It's a common practice in India to store drinking water in Polyethylene Terephthalate(commonly know as PET) bottles. It is also claimed in many health forums & newspapers articles that PET bottles ...
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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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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 Eneloop battery have lower self-discharge?

In the following pages: What's eneloop? Self-Discharge it is mentioned that the Eneloop battery has has an even lower self-discharge […] in comparison with other high quality ...
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Is Coca Cola harmful for one's health? [duplicate]

There's a huge array of stories relating to Coca Cola (and other similar soft drinks) stating its nefarious properties and health risks. This is just one example: http://killercoke.org/health_issues....
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Is human hair used to make bread?

While browsing Facebook I came across a post on eDidYouKnow, Is this something that actually happens on a regular basis or is it just one of possible ways to create L-cysteine?
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Can the useful lifespan of razor blades be extended by stroking them over jeans?

This article and this video, amongst others, claim that you can extend the useful lifespan of razor blades for a substantial amount (months), if you regularly stroke them over jeans, immediately after ...
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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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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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Do high refresh rates prevent motion blur on TVs?

Several TV options are available and most sellers tend to convince you that the higher frequency the TV is the better it is. For example this site says: LCD TV manufacturers have tried doubling ...
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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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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 air ionizers have any substantial benefits or risks?

This question regarding an ionizer in an Asus laptop has a little bit of information about air ionizers (air ionisers for those using UK English), but not a lot at the time of writing. There are ...
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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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Do consumer-grade body-fat scales provide consistent results?

There are weight scales that additionally claim to measure body fat by electrical resistance. According to this article, body-fat scales are "absolutely" superior to just-weight scales, although the ...
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Does the IntelliGender gender prediction test have 78% accuracy?

In 2009, CNN described Intelligender, an over-the-counter test that predicts the gender of an unborn baby based on hormones in the mother's urine. It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the ...
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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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Do lingerie bags protect delicates from damage in washing machines?

Mesh lingerie bags are widely sold to protect lingerie and other delicate fabrics from damage in the washing machine. They are also known as wash bags. An example of such a product here. Protects ...
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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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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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Did children in Ethiopia hack Android in five months?

I have recently read an article that claims that children that never seen a book and didn't know how to speak English learned how to use an Android phone and hacked it. Is this true? The article ...
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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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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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Are sardines farmed?

I've been trying to find out if sardines are farmed or if they are all wild and are only fished. Most of the sources I find, like this page, say that they cannot be farmed: They are not farmed, as ...
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Are air humidifiers necessary, does low humidity have negative heath effects?

Air humidifiers are broadly sold and marking points to "healthy" relative humidity levels as (accordingly to different sources) is 30-50% and during artificial heating (normally, winter) seasons we ...
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Can I increase the longevity of fresh cut flowers with bleach?

This Reader's Digest article says: Increase cut flowers’ longevity Freshly cut flowers will stay fresh longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per quart (1 liter) of vase water. Another popular ...
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Do juicers preserve the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables?

I heard that fruits and vegetable have much more vitamins when we eat them in normal way (biting) then when we use juicer and drink only the juice. Is it true that juice from fresh fruit and ...
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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 ...
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Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera “the plant of immortality”?

I came across the following on facebook (it linked to this article): I was wondering whether that is actually true. Did the ancient Egyptians call aloe vera (and possibly other related species) the "...
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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 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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Are mass-bred chicken fed with hormones or other substances that, when you eat their meat, can have significant negative effect on your health? [closed]

My friend told me that chicken meat is unhealthy - presumably chicken are fed with hormones which can be unhealthy, as well as the meat could contain some added chemicals. My question applies to ...
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Are laundry detergent and fabric softener fumes dangerous to human health?

One of my neighbors raised the topic of toxins in the dryer effluence from our buildings' laundry rooms. That's not particularly surprising, but she claimed there was evidence that the trace toxins ...
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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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Is Lockitron a fake?

There's a video going around which proportedly is to sell a product called Lockitron. To summarise the video, Lockitron is a wifi-enabled, deadlock motivator. You can lock and unlock your door ...
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Can the over-use of energy drinks cause a heart attack?

"The use of energy drinks is very dangerous as there is a very high content of caffeine in a small volume,". Dr. Khan, the health minister of Trinidad & Tobago, told the Trinidad Express ...
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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 Persian rugs become more valuable the more they are walked on?

I've heard of the claim that Persian rugs (especially the pre-1950's, hand-woven kind) actually appreciate in value the more they are used. For example: We have seen that in the Middle East some ...
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Could cutting one's self on a broken CFL bulb cause severe injury?

Related: How dangerous is a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL)? Actually someone asked this exact thing on that question, but it wasn't addressed, perhaps because they provided no link/further ...
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Was bovine somatotropin (“BGH/BST”) deemed safe for humans after a 90-day test on 30 rats?

In a popular Youtube video about an investigation into Monsanto's push for BGH/BST by Fox News reporters (and their subsequent dismissal), at around 1:50, it claims that "...the longest test they ...
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Do 52% of computer users lose irreplaceable documents, photos, music and videos every year?

Livedrive claims that "52% of computer users lose irreplaceable documents, photos, music and videos every year?". Is there any published study on that matter?
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Are flat cables tangle-free?

Well, probably everybody knows and hates this. Detangling the headset cable when putting it out of your pocket. This headset product claims to prevent the cable from tangling up by the "flat cable ...
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Did Colgate face marketing issues in Argentina because its name meant 'go hang yourself'?

Over the years, I've heard the following anecdote repeated often as an example of marketing-gone-bad: In Argentina (or sometimes, Latin America), Colgate-Palmolive faced huge hurdles in marketing ...