You shouldn’t do your laundry at this time of day – it will break the bank

Doing the washing is another cleaning chore we like to put off.

But it's something that has to be done to prevent the baskets from piling up. Some of us feel like we have the machines going all the time, but it can eat up your cash.

Every time you use the washing machine, your energy bill goes up, so it's always best to be savvy with it. Nonetheless, we have to clean our clothes, but experts say there are ways to do it that save you money.

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According to an expert, Brits need to avoid turning on their washing machines at the "most expensive" time of day.

The expert told Daily Express: "The most expensive time to run your washing machine is between 4pm and 7pm, depending on your tariff. Wash your clothes for less by maximising the start delay function to programme the machine to run outside of peak energy times."

You'll usually find this is between 10pm and 6am, but it does depend on your tariff. So making a simple change to your washing schedule could save you hundreds.

If you're looking for other ways to save money, it's also recommended you keep your clothing as cool as possible. This is because cooler washes are good for your garments and the environment.

As well as preventing anything from shrinking, detergents are designed to work better at lower temperatures, which means clothes can be put on 30C (Celsius) washes.

Another handy tip for Brits is investing in a limescale remover. This is because keeping your machine clean can aid with the bills.

If you pop the remover in the machine and set it to a hot wash then it will remain in good condition. You should do this around every three months.

Hot washes may cost more but, in the long run, the simple bit of maintenance will help to prolong the life of your washer.

The expert also told the express it's important never to overload your machine. Though it can be tempting at times, it can prevent your clothes from washing properly.

They added: "As a rule of thumb, you should still be able to touch the top of the drum when the machine is filled with your hand placed vertically above your laundry. This will ensure you get the most out of every wash, without the need to repeat the chore."

It may sound simple but washing towels and clothing separately is also important. And remember – some things can be used twice before you wash them.

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