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It’s a sad fact of life that every so often you will have to mend your clothes. Either that, or be so rich that you can afford to buy a whole new coat whenever a button happened to fall off your current one; not something most of us can do and besides, just imagine the waste!

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There are Guinness World Records for almost anything nowadays. A few of the strangest we’ve come across are; most apples held in own mouth and cut by a chainsaw in one minute, largest hairy family, and longest metal coil passed through the nose and out of the mouth. We kid you not. So we had a look to see what kind of laundry-related world records there might be…

stopwatch

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Aside from the copious amounts of chocolate and sweets, dressing up has to be the best thing about Halloween. Halloween is the one time of year where you can be almost anything – the more outlandish your costume, the better. And while adults love dressing up, kids love it even more than we do. The thing is that not all children’s Halloween costumes are as harmless as they might appear.

Little fireman

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When detective fiction first began to be become really popular and mainstream around the 1920s and 30s there were a few ways that criminals could cover their tracks. Hairs left at the scene? No problem. There was no DNA testing then as there is today. Needed to destroy fingerprints on a knife? No problem, just wipe it clean (good back then but not so effective anymore as colour-changing fluorescent films can help to capture latent or hidden prints). And if there was blood on your clothing? Simple; give it a darn good wash.

Woman and Policeman

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No matter how careful we might be we just have to accept that, on occasion (or if we’re less lucky perhaps on a regular basis), we are going to end up with an partnerless sock when we come to putting away the laundry; odd socks are simply a fact of life. So, when you do end up with a pile of odd socks, what should you do with them? Throw them away? Resolve only to buy identical black socks from now on? You could. But then you wouldn’t be able to do any of these…

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The average lifespan of a washing machine, according to the Whitegoods Trade Association, is now under seven years. A decade ago the average life span was over ten. The increase in budget washing machines hasn’t helped this figure, but perhaps there are some things that we might be doing that prematurely age our washing machines as well… With this in mind, these are some of our top tips for looking after your washing machine so that it lasts as long as possible!

Woman doing the laundry

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It’s tough getting kids to help with household chores. Tough but necessary; lest they grow up and go off into the big wide world not knowing how to wash a load of towels or wash their socks. So what can be done to encourage children to help with the washing and learn the skills they’ll need if they don’t want to rely on you/the local dry cleaners for the rest of their life?

fun laundry

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A vibrating washing machine is a pain. It’s noisy, it can move, it can shake its own inner components free so that it stops working completely… A vibrating washing machine is definitely not something you want. But why does it do it? There doesn’t always appear to be an obvious cause. Well it could be for a few reasons.

Woman checking a washing machine

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We use phrases and sayings every day to express ourselves. There are so many of them and they’re so embedded in our language that quite a lot of the time we don’t even realise that we’re doing it. If something is below the belt it’s not very fair, and that phrase’s origin comes from boxing and means not very fair because punching below the waist was seen as cheating. Ditto a low-blow. Some things produce more phrases than others; lots of phrase origins are rooted in the weather for example. The laundry room is another place that has certainly given rise to a fair few phrases.

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In an ideal world you’d be able to put all the laundry in the washing machine and not worry about sorting colours or checking what temperature things needed to be washed at. Unfortunately it is just the case that there are some clothes that need extra care taking of them when putting them through the wash. So what is the best way to hand wash clothes so that they’re clean, but at the same time, cared for?

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