Laundry is one of jobs that never seems to actually get ‘done’.
If you’re anything like us, surprise loads tend to pile up just as soon as you think you’ve finally got to the end of that washing basket.
However, while we may think that we’re experts on laundry at this stage, a new survey has shown that many of us are making mistakes that could damage our washing machine.
According to Her.ie, 2,000 households were questioned about their washing habits as part of research by GloTech Repairs and it turns out that 35 per cent of people ignore the guidelines written on their detergent packaging.
Over 40 per cent of those questioned admitted to overfilling their machine (which should never be more than three-quarters full) and also used too much detergent… a move that could leave you with a hefty bill.
Apparently, using too much detergent can cause a blockage in your machine and could cost up to €150 to fix. It could also cause problems for the family as residual detergent can result in skin irritation for children and babies.
Almost 50 per cent of people wash between one and three loads a week, but 14 per cent said their machine is running on a daily basis.
Women were 16 per cent more likely to use their washing machine six times a week, while men were more likely to do laundry three times a week.
We’ll be a bit more careful in future!