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Seven things you need to know when washing workout wear and gym clothes

Seven things you need to know when washing workout wear and gym clothes

The Which? experts come up with their top seven tips for active wear, including knowing how much detergent to use, what temperature to wash at, how to get rid of smelly bacteria build-up and why to avoid fabric conditioners.

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10 new ways to get the best out of your steam cleaner

10 new ways to get the best out of your steam cleaner

Steam cleaners have become popular in British households in recent years as increasing numbers of us have abandoned carpets in favour of hard flooring. Steam cleaners make it easy to...

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Seven simple tricks to fix a noisy washing machine in lockdown

Seven simple tricks to fix a noisy washing machine in lockdown

If you're noticing strange or loud sounds from your washing machine, our seven simple tricks will help you to fix it. We also reveal three quiet washing machines from Miele, Haier and Zanussi that have recently been through our rigorous lab tests.

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Why a HEPA filter doesn’t guarantee your vacuum cleaner will keep allergens at bay

Why a HEPA filter doesn’t guarantee your vacuum cleaner will keep allergens at bay

Which? tests reveal that HEPA filters aren't a golden ticket to allergen-free homes. We dish the dirt on filters using insight from our emissions tests, and explain how to pick the best vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers.

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55,000 additional fire-risk washing machines revealed by Whirlpool

55,000 additional fire-risk washing machines revealed by Whirlpool

More than four months on from Whirlpool recalling half-a-million dangerous washing machines, the manufacturer has today admitted that there’s further 55,000 machines which could pose a fire-risk to owners. Find out more information and whether you have one of these fire-risk washing machines.

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How to stop plastics from your clothes polluting the planet each time you do your laundry

How to stop plastics from your clothes polluting the planet each time you do your laundry

Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic pollution, caused by the breakdown of synthetic clothes, including when washing them. Which? experts demystify the issue and explain how you can reduce your impact when doing laundry.

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Change this laundry habit and help cut CO2 pollution by 400,000 cars

Change this laundry habit and help cut CO2 pollution by 400,000 cars

New Which? research has revealed that switching from 40°C to either 30°C or 20°C can cut energy use by as much as 62%. If the whole UK did this, it would be the same as taking around half a million cars off the road.

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Should you buy a cordless steam iron?

Should you buy a cordless steam iron?

Irons are beginning to follow in the footsteps of other home appliances and ditch the restrictive power cords. Even cheaper brands are getting in on the act – our latest...

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Troubleshooting tips and fixes if your tumble dryer breaks down during the coronavirus lockdown

Troubleshooting tips and fixes if your tumble dryer breaks down during the coronavirus lockdown

With the country confined to barracks for the foreseeable future, what can you do if your tumble dryer gives up the ghost? The good news is that for many tumble...

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Can steam cleaners kill household germs?

Can steam cleaners kill household germs?

Orders for steam cleaners have surged over the past month, since COVID-19 broke out in the UK, and stocks at many online retailers have sold out. With stores such as...

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