By Tim Lambert

Food and Drink

James Sharp invented the gas stove in 1826.

In 1837 Alfred Bird invented custard powder.

Henry Jones invented self raising flour in 1845.

In 1869 margarine, a cheap substitute for butter, was invented by a Frenchman named Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès.

The rotary can opener was invented in 1870 by William Lyman.

In 1875 a Swiss named Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate.

A man named Gail Borden patented condensed milk in 1856. John Meyenberg patented evaporated milk in 1884.

Marvin Stone invented paper straws in 1888.

The Digestive biscuit was invented in 1892 by Alexander Grant.

Thomas Sullivan invented the tea bag in 1908.

Fred W Wolf invented the refrigerator for use in the home in 1913.

The pop up toaster was invented by Charles Strite in 1919.

Ruth Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies in 1938.


Thomas Hancock invented elastic in 1820.

The safety pin was invented in 1849 by Walter Hunt.

In 1875 a portable ironing board was invented by John B. Porter. Sarah Boone patented an improved device in 1892.

The electric iron was invented by Henry Seely in 1882.

The zip fastener was invented in 1893 by Whitcomb Judson. An improved version was patented in 1917 by Gideon Sundback.

Albert Parkhouse invented the coat hanger in 1903.

In 1914 Mary Phelps Jacob patented the modern bra.

Washing and Make Up

Benjamin Waddy Maughan invented the gas water heater in 1868.

The electric water heater was invented in 1889 by Edwin Ruud.

The brush boring machine was invented by Mason Pearson in 1885. That made hairbrushes cheaper. Pearson also invented a rubber cushion hairbrush in 1885.

In 1892 Washington Sheffield invented the collapsible toothpaste tube.

Karl Nessler invented the perm in 1906.

In 1915 Maurice Levy invented lipstick push up sticks in tubes.

Modern mascara was invented in 1913 by a man named T L Williams.

The vacuum cleaner was invented by Hubert Booth in 1901.

The electric clothes dryer was invented in 1935 by a man named J. Ross Moore.

In 1950 Harry Wasylyk invented the bin liner or garbage bag.

Other Inventors

John Walker invented matches in 1826.

The modern fire extinguisher was invented by George William Manby in 1813.

Christmas crackers were invented in 1847 by Tom Smith.

The pencil sharpener was invented in 1897 by John Lee Love.

My Youtube video about less well known inventors