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The Role of Home Appliances and their Production
Over the past few decades, home appliances have significantly improved the quality of life for citizens
in the EU. From being considered luxuries, they
have become essential goods, afforded by all rather than enjoyed by only a selective section of European society. Without these labour saving products, modern life would be unrecognisable.
These products are used in various ways and have
a direct connection with the basic needs of society: conserving, processing and cooking food, keeping houses warm in winter and cool during summer, helping with washing, drying and ironing of clothes and washing of dishes; are used to keep houses clean and tidy and helping in personal care.
They are closely connected with the personal well-being and with the surrounding environment of the home.

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