Three ‘most expensive’ hours of the day you shouldn’t use your washing machine

However, no matter the size of the machine, always wait until a large enough load has accumulated before running a cycle.

4. Limescale remover is essential

Keeping a washing machine clean is a sure-fire way to help prolong its life, and more importantly “save you the cost of repairs”, according to Vivien. 

She instructed: “To destroy (yes, destroy) any limescale, add limescale remover to a hot wash every three months. 

“Hot washes are generally more expensive to run but this one-off cycle could save you money in the long run by maintaining your existing machine.”