Careless Brits leave variety of items in the washing machine

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One in 10 smartphones end up in the washing machine, new research has revealed.

Other items that also get washed on a regular basis include: money, headphones, keys and jewellery.

This is according to a survey carried out by laundry experts Dr. Beckmann.

Of the 2000 people quizzed about their washing woes, younger Brits suffer the most mishaps with 16 per cent of 18 to 30 years olds admitting to machine-washing their phone in the past three years. Fortunately, as we get older we get wiser, with only eight per cent of people in their 40s making the same mistake.

Results revealed that 45 per cent of the phones that have gone for a soapy spin were uninsured, costing Brits over £15M a year in replacements.

Not only are the soggy phones costing Brits money to repair and replace, but they’re also causing damage to washing machines, with 10 per cent of Brits having to splash the cash to repair their machine following a run in with a smartphone.

People are equally as dozy when it comes to laundering other household items.

Six in every 10 (62 per cent) have put car keys into a washing machine and a further 83 per cent regularly deep-cleaning cash in the washing machine.

And if you’re ever missing an earring, make sure you check your drum, as 20 per cent of Brits have put their jewellery through a spin cycle.

Susan Fermor, Dr Beckmann spokesperson, said: “As a nation, we’re practically glued to our phones, so we were really surprised to hear that so many end up in the wash.

“The reason behind the younger generation being the biggest ‘phone washers’ is due to their ‘immediate’ washing habits; they’ll generally wash everything at once, including taking off the clothes they’re wearing at the time and putting them straight into the washing machine – with their phone in a pocket.

“The older people get the more methodical they are with their washing habits – so items are carefully placed in a washing basket and checked before going into the machine, thus avoiding quite so many washing disasters. Our advice – check your pockets before you wash.”