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I’m a cleaning expert – four items you MUST check pockets for that could completely ruin your washing machine

NEXT time you’re separating your whites and colours, there’s a simple checklist you need to do to ensure you’re not about to damage your washing machine.

The experts at AO.com have shared the four items that should never be in your pockets that you should be keeping an eye out for.

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In a post titled ‘What NOT to put in your washing machine,’ they revealed many things accidentally make their way into the appliance – and it’s not good news if they do.

They then went through them one by one, so that you can stop and check each time you’re doing your chores.

The first thing to keep a lookout for is rogue hair clips, like kirby grips or ones that slide into the hair.

Similarly, loose change can also cause havoc with the washing machine.

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Therefore, it’s important to turn out the pockets and check that no pound coins or pennies have slipped by.

The third thing that can’t go into the appliance is tissue paper.

This is particularly important when washing new clothes which may have come wrapped in tissue paper for protection.

While the fourth and final items that can sometimes find their way into pockets and therefore into a wash are quite surprising – nails and screws.


Understandably, these are not wash friendly and could even end up damaging other garments while spinning around the machine.

Social media users flocked to like the video as they shared their own horror stories about what they had accidentally put into their machine.

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One revealed an allen key had caused trouble on what they thought was a routine wash.

Meanwhile another said they had accidentally put a plastic bag in with a load. 

Hair clips are often left in pockets
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Loose chane is a similar nuisance
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Tissue paper should be binned
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Plastic bags are also a no-go
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