It might seem like the perfect space-saving solution, but storing your dirty clothes in the washing machine might not be a good idea after all.
While it cuts out the need for a dirty clothes basket, it could also help promote bacteria growth.
The biggest problem with storing your clothes in the washing machine is moisture, something mould thrives off.
In addition, moisture build up on clothes could lead to mould growth and possibly even stubborn stains. Not to mention, research the University of Arizona's professor of environmental biology, Chuck Gerba, found after swabbing 100 washing machines, 44 per cent of them contained faecal bacteria.
To keep the mould at bay, it’s best to store your dirty clothes in a hamper or basket with plenty of circulation and light. It's also recommended to clean your washing machine once a month.
How to clean your front-loader washing machine
What you'll need:
- 2 cups vinegar
- 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 cup water
- A sponge
Mix bicarb soda and water together, and add to the detergent container. Next, pour the vinegar into the drum. Set the temperature to hot and press start. Once the load has finished, give the opening of the machine a good scrub.