We Bet You Knew Nothing About How These 8 Everyday Things Were Made
We’re surrounded by hundreds of things every day, but most of us don’t stop to think about what their manufacturing process looks like and what happens to them before we see the final result.
We at Bright Side had a sneak peek at the creation of common things and would like to share our interesting observations with you.
- Lipstick usually contains 5 basic ingredients: lanolin, oils, waxes, colorings, and mother-of-pearl. Sometimes, polyethylene is also used to help the lipstick stay solid and not fill small cracks in the lips.
- About a dozen colors are used for this beauty item, including yellow, black, and blue. Different colors are mixed to get various shades.
- Lipsticks are always perfumed. If not for that, they’d smell like wax candles.
- Chocolate is made from cocoa beans that are first gathered, cleaned of gelatin film, and fermented by storage in special boxes for 8 days. The beans are then dried and shipped to chocolate factories.
- At the factory, the beans are sorted and roasted. Ground beans are mixed with sugar and milk. Then the chocolate is boiled for about 12 hours.
- The temperature and humidity are strictly observed at each stage of production as they affect the appearance and taste of the product.
6. Instant noodles
- The production of noodles takes flour mixed with tapioca starch, egg powder, and thickener, all necessary for the best structure of the product.
- To make the noodles instant, they are first boiled at the factory.
- And that’s not it yet. They’re actually deep fried after that! This helps the noodles to be stored for a long time.
- The main ingredient of any mascara is pigment. Black mascara is traditionally made with carbon black. Other common ingredients include water, wax, and oils.
- Depending on the purpose of mascara, its contents change too. For example, a lengthening one contains lots of flexible polymers and microfibers, while a water-repellent one contains a lot of paraffin.
- The basic ingredients of soap are oils and fats.
- Traditional soap boiling resembles cooking hot stew, in a way. Soap makers watch that it doesn’t overflow and stir the substance with a special paddle.
- After it’s boiled, the soap is left for 36 hours for the soap paste to settle, which is used in the next batch as a primer.
- Good matches are made of the best wood. Most factories make them out of select aspen.
- One of the crucial stages in match production is paring of the log (it looks like unwinding a log on a long ribbon).
- The blank sticks are treated with a special reagent for the future matches not to smolder. That’s why putting a match in your mouth can be dangerous for your health!
2. Potato chips
- The best chips require select potatoes, and not just any kind. Overly small tubers won’t do either. To make 1 pound of chips, 4 pounds of potatoes are needed.
- The potatoes are sliced into pieces no more than 1.3 mm thick.
- The chips are fried for only 3 minutes.
- The production starts with preparing the water.
- One of the drink’s ingredients is called the blend (a mix of sugar syrup and a secret concentrate). The blend and water are mixed together in the filling plant, and here the drink is carbonated too.
- The Coke bottle is transformed from a small tube, a preform. The blowing machine blows it to the size of a bottle.
Bonus: the terrible truth about ice cream