Toorak TextureContemporary Bathroom, Melbourne
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4. Pause the washing machine and let it sit for an hour. Dip a microfibre cloth into the soaking solution, wring it out and use it to clean the top of the drum and agitator (where the water doesn’t reach) as well as the inside of the lid. If you can remove the bleach and fabric softener dispensers, do so and clean the areas beneath them with the cloth and cleaning solution. If they are fixed in place, clean them and the area around them. Brucia says that using vinegar to clean a washing machine will help eliminate detergent build-up.Finally, clean the control panel and the outside of the machine with the cleaning solution or an all-purpose spray. Use a dry microfibre cloth to dry and polish the surfaces.
The doors concertina open to reveal a hidden laundry zone containing a washing machine, small basin, drawers and a practical hanging rail.To ensure the area looks attractive when open, the designers have continued the marble mosaic floor tiles up the wall, forming an on-trend background for the black shelving, which chimes with the steel-framed glazing.
13. Location: Toorak, VictoriaDesigner: Northbourne Architecture + DesignFeatures: A concealed, built-in laundry set-up and lashings of overhead storage allow this space to smoothly transition from bathroom to laundry and back again.
Can’t stand ironing? Here’s a laundry life hack I swear by – you can minimise creases in clothes by hanging them straight from the washing machine onto hangers and then hanging them on the clothesline. Wall- or ceiling-mounted horizontal drying racks within your laundry also work well. Transfer clothes straight to your wardrobe when dry.
1. Combine your appliancesSome say the jury is still out on how suitable combined washer-dryers are. But regardless of whether you love them or loathe them, no-one can accuse these laundry appliances of being space guzzlers.Most washer-dryer combos accommodate smaller loads than washing machines, so are better for weekenders or households with one or two people. If you have a large family or can easily air-dry your laundry, you may be better off installing a standalone washing machine of similar size and using a retractable clothes line. If, however, you are short on drying space, these dual washer-dryer units can be a godsend.