Uses of Volume in Daily Life

By Toby Welch
Measuring cups are a common tool for measuring volume.

Unlike the majority of stuff you learned in math class that you swore you would never use again, volume is used often in daily life. From measuring liquids to assessing drinking amounts, volume is necessary. Keep in mind that volume has nothing to do with weight; it is the measurement of how much space a liquid or gas takes up. The volume of a solid can be measured via liquid displacement.

Bottoms Up

Dessert wines often come in 500-milliliter bottles.

One of the main ways volume is used daily is when figuring drinking amounts. Soda pop is bought in 12-ounce cans or 20-ounce bottles. At the bar someone might order a pint of beer. MayoClinic.org recommends people drink a little more than 8 cups of water a day or eight 8-ounce glasses of water (about 1.9 liters).

Fueling Up

When you fill up your vehicle, the volume of gasoline your gas tank helps to determine your purchase. Whether you fill up with gallons or liters of gasoline or diesel, the amount is a volume calculation. On a smaller scale, when you fill up a gas can to take to another vehicle or to use the gas to power another device, you again use volume for measuring.

Cooking and Baking

Measuring cups come in milliliter and cup or ounce measurements.

The number of measuring cups and spoons in the average person's kitchen is indicative of how often volume is used when cooking. From the 1/4 cup of oil that is needed in a brownie recipe to the quart of chicken broth that is required for chicken noodle soup, volume is a measurement that is used in almost every recipe.

Cleaning House

Bleach needs to be used in particular volume measurements to be effective.

Volume is used in most house cleaning chores. When washing clothes, you add a certain amount of laundry liquid to the washing machine. When using concentrated cleaning detergents, you add a specified amount of the cleaner to a specific amount of water. Many times you apply a certain volume of liquid to whatever you are cleaning.

Water Conservation

Sprinkler heads are available in different flow rates.

The volume of water is considered regularly when someone's goal is water conservation. Water flow from a shower head is figured in gallons per minute. Indeed, if you take a 10-minute shower, you'll likely use about 40 gallons of water. Water flow from sprinklers and hoses to determine water usage and conservation in your yard is also figured in gallons per minutes. Both are volume measurements.

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Adding the proper volume of chemicals keeps your pool sparkling.

Once a pool or hot tub is filled with water, maintenance begins. Specific volumes of cleaners and chemicals are needed at specified intervals. When you drain the tub, you sometimes use a pipe cleaner for your plumbing system, for example 200 milliliters of the liquid.

About the Author

Toby Welch has been a full-time freelance writer since 2003. She has published in the "National Post," "Cottage," "Opulence," "Alberta Parent," "The Real Estate Magazine" and Living Safety," as well as many more articles online. Toby holds an accounting degree from the University of Calgary.