Mums spend five months of their lives on laundryStudy reveals average mum spends months on laundry

20 April 2010

Getting through a lifetime of washing takes the average mother up to five months of her life, according to a new study.

The average mum turns on the washing machine six times a week, spending 26 minutes going through pre- and post-wash tasks each time, says Eco Zone, the company that commissioned the research.

Washing machine reviews

If you feel like you spend your life washing, the Which? washing machine review contains over 200 lab-tested models from brands such as Bosch, Beko and Hotpoint. As well as finding out which 44 Best Buy washing machines we'd recommend, you can also compare washing machine features to reduce the time you spend washing by picking a model with a quick cycle. Post-washing tasks can also be cut down with a good tumble dryer and steam iron.

Getting the best out of your washing machine

Many of those polled admitted that they didn't feel they were getting the most out of their washing machines - a third have never cleaned their machine and more than half have used the wrong setting at least three times in the last year.

If your washing machine's performance is lacking, our interactive  washing machine repairs tool helps you to diagnose problems quickly and easily. As well as helping you to fix the problem yourself where possible, you'll also be advised on when you need to call in an expert - or when to give up hope.

Hours spent ironing 

On top of all the washing, the mums questioned were doing an average of 55 minutes of ironing per week. Our ironing tips video guide shows you how to spend less time ironing with hints for making the experience less of a chore. You can also steam through your ironing by using a Best Buy steam iron and the right ironing board.

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