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It’s that time of year again. That time when colourful decorations go up all over the place – in your own house and everywhere you go. That time when mince pies become an acceptable coffee break snack; when the TV starts showing classic films on a daily basis; and when it becomes acceptable, if not expected, that the go-to item of clothing will be extravagant knitted masterpiece. That’s right, now is the season of the Christmas jumper.

Christmas jumpers

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Following the U.S. recall of the washing machine models WPGT9350, WPGT9360 and WPGT9150 in September by the manufacturing company GE Appliances, who received 71 reports of internal washer components burning or catching fire, we got to wondering; just how common are washing machine fires?

A wire on fire

If you asked most people which household appliance is the greatest fire hazard, there probably aren’t many who’d reply “washing machine”. More likely candidates have surely to be the cooker, the microwave, or, the one we’re most often warned about, the electric blanket. But it would seem that it is actually your washing machine which is most likely to catch fire.

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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!

button men

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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…

odd socks

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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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