Labour Saving Devices
Changes in social and economic conditions in the
last few years have resulted in changed responsibilities for both the gainfully
employed and full time homemaker. Normally the homemakers spend much of their
time in the kitchen. It will be helpful if they can save steps, energy, money
and time in several ways in the kitchen. Labour saving devices both electrical
and non-electrical are increasingly utilized by the homemaker at present. These
tools and appliances have become part and parcel of the houses because of the
comforts they yield. Adjusting the homemakers workload at home and outside the
home necessitates the use of tools and appliances for carrying out the
Labour saving devices are the tools and appliances used to save both
time and energy of the homemaker.
Uses of Labour Saving
It reduces time and energy thereby reducing the
drudgery of the homemaker.
It improves the quality of the work being done.
More work can be done within the same time.
A high standard of sanitation and varied menus
The dependence of the housewife on domestic
servant is reduced.
It gives chances to the families to enjoy their
leisure time activities.
The possession of Labour saving devices give
Selection of Labour
The efficiency and use of a labour saving device includes the correct
selection, operation and care of appliances so that the homemaker may
accomplish maximum amount of work with the minimum efforts, in the shortest
possible time. There are a number of appliances available in the market. The
criteria for selection of one equipment vary from the other. But in general the
factors to be considered in the selection of equipment are as follows.
The needs of the family members.
The cost of the equipment.
The usefulness of the equipment.
Family size and type.
Suitable size and shape.
The care required for its maintenance.
Availability of spare parts and service
Easy assembling and reassembling of parts while
using and cleaning.
Storage Space and easy installation.
Use and care of Labour
Modern household use a number of labour saving
devices. A knowledge of how an appliance works is useful as it helps the
homemaker to use and take care of it well. Let us see some of the Labour Saving
Devices commonly used by the homemaker and its merits and de-merits.