Most of us presumably live in homes which carry out load after load of seemingly endless washing. Between school uniforms, bedsheets and work clothes; it feels like we're permanently stationed by the washing machine.
Ireland is apparently a nation of laundry lovers, according to a survey carried out by Samsung Ireland.
Over a quarter of households in this country actually do over 10 loads of washing a week, and we're not one bit surprised at those results.
One-in-five participants also admitted to not always putting a full load into the machine every time. We're definitely guilty of that ourselves.
79 percent of households claim they have no problem doing the washing, yet predictably those homes with children have by far the biggest washing load.
31 percent of people surveyed who have children said they do more than 10 loads of laundry per week, most likely from school runs and sports days.
19 percent of participants say they've never followed the washing instructions on the clothing label, with 62 percent admitting to rewashing clothes after leaving them in the machine damp.
The research on Ireland's laundry habits will no doubt surprise many people, with the survey of 532 adults carried out to celebrate Samsung's new range of washing machines.
Samsung’s exclusive QuickDrive™ technology gives consumers the power to hugely reduce the time it takes to do one load laundry in half and reduce energy usage by 20 percent, proving effective for reducing environmental impact.
Their new washing machines come with Samsung’s Innovative AddWash™ door, which allows users to add items at any time during the cycle.
We don't know about you, but we always find stray socks around the house just after putting on a load, so this feature is a dramatic help.
Almost half of surveyed individuals say that the average wash takes an hour while a third say each load of laundry takes approximately two hours. We spend such a drastic amount of time on laundry, not to mention energy.
20 percent of adults even admit they don’t put a full load of washing in each time they turn on their machine, which wastes a phenomenal amount of energy.
The biggest surprise for us from reading the results is that, when it comes to separating out our colours from our darks, 84 percent of adults say they always separate their washing before putting it into the machine.
Saintly behaviour, we say. The Samsung survey also revealed the top five washing woes, with clothes coming out of the machine with stains still on them being the number one frustration.
Turning on the machine and forgetting to put in a particular piece of clothing came in second, and not having enough whites for a full load took the number three slot.
Having no control over the washing cycle once you switch it on, as well as the noise of the machine were fourth and fifth choice of pet peeve for Irish households.