Many expressed confusion and disgust at something that is normal for those living in the UK.
Why do Brits keep washing machines in the kitchen?
It is so common, that to have it anywhere else in the home would be seen as unusual.
The primary reason why Britons keep their washing machine in the kitchen is simply a lack of space. There is nowhere else to store one!
These dedicated laundry spaces are large enough to contain the super-sized washers and dryers that are standard in most American homes.
Why a washing machine
in the kitchen is"Disgusting"
The reason why? The bacteria that exists both in your washing machine, and on kitchen surfaces.
Bacteria in washing machines
E. coli is often found in faecal matter. After swabbing 100 washing machines, researchers found that 10% of them contained traces of E. coli, indicating that the washing machines were contaminated with faecal matter from washing underwear.
The primary concern is that after handling wet clothes from the washer, you won’t wash your hands before preparing food.
Or, absentmindedly popping the clothes on the kitchen counter, contaminating the surfaces and forgetting to disinfect them before cooking.
E. coli wasn’t the only bacteria to be found lurking; salmonella was too. Both E. coli and salmonella can cause horrible symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and more.
Bacteria On Kitchen Surfaces
When you consider that you wrap a scarf around your face, or lay your head on a pillowcase; you really want to believe that the items are clean! If you put your washing on the kitchen counter, or the floor, the items may not be as clean as you hope.
Researchers found that the kitchen is the most likely location in a home to be heavily colonised by bacteria.
Some of the particularly bad bacteria that make themselves at home in the kitchen are listeria, campylobacter and, like the washing machine, salmonella.
5 Ways to make a washing machine in the kitchen less disgusting
Here are 5 practical ways you can make it less disgusting to have a washing machine in your kitchen.
1. Wash Your Hands
2. Use A High Temperature Wash
40c may be good for the environment, but it isn’t tough enough to kill bacteria.
Some of the better washing machines have special "Anti-Allergy" cycles that wash clothes at 60c.
3. Wash Your Surfaces
This is especially necessary for any surfaces that have come into contact with laundry.
Read the instructions on your antibacterial spray to ensure you are leaving it enough time to work before wiping away.
4. Don’t put clothes on food preparation areas
5. Throw away your old sponges UK washing machine advantages
Below are some of the improvements that Brits get to enjoy.
Many expats from the US in the UK have commented that they prefer this front-loading system as it prevents clothes being damaged by the agitator which is a feature of American washing machines.
Another perk of this compact-design is that it makes it accessible to everyone. In the US, those living in small apartments often have to rely on a local launderette for their washing needs.
This is because the front-loader, combined with the standard voltage in the UK, allows the washing machine to spin faster to displace more water.
Obviously, the less water that remains in the clothes, the quicker they dry.
(And we previously blogged about the dangers of drying clothes inside)
If so, let us know if know whether you think it’s disgusting, or if you’d never even given it a second thought in the comments below.