If it’s stained, you ought to wash it. If it smells, then you definitely ought to wash it. But are those the only reasons to wash something? Nope; there are plenty of things that for the sake of our health ought to get a regular wash, and these are just a few of them.

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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!

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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.

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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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Summer is here and the time is right for… yes, dancing in the street, but more appropriately for going down to the beach and spending the day in a bikini stretched out on a towel, or when you get too hot, doing a spot of swimming in the sea. After all, you’ve been shopping and now you’ve got an amazing new swimsuit that you need to show off. The thing is that your bikini will only stay looking at its best if you know the best way to wash it. Too many be-jeweled/crocheted/underwired swimming costumes have died the death after only a few times through the laundry as a result of incorrect washing. So what is the best way to wash a bikini to keep it looking as good as new?

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As much as we’d like to avoid it on holiday, sometimes you do need to do some washing while you’re away; especially if you’re travelling with children or are going to be away for a while. But then, if you’ve gone away on holiday for a month then a little bit of laundry is a small price to pay! So for all those who are lucky enough to be going away on a good holiday this year, these are a few of our top tips for holiday washing.

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Most clothes come with simple washing instructions. Raw denim on the other hand is a little more complicated. For anyone who’s invested in a pair of raw denim jeans, you’re confronted with a stark reality: don’t wash.

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It’s getting close to that time of year when many young adults will be heading off to university and starting to lead a more independent life. It can be a steep learning curve – both educationally and in relation to the acquisition of certain life skills – with many having to take on household chores for the first time.

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