12th June 2019
You might have noticed there's been a lot of washing machine chat on Twitter this month. Well, it's because it turns out people can't agree on where the machine belongs. Although most Brits would opt for the kitchen, people are debating about whether a washing machine belongs in the kitchen... or the bathroom!
The fierce debate kicked off on Twitter after a user under the handle @biebersgrills revealed that the bathroom is a more natural place for a washing machine.
In Germany it‘s the MOST NORMAL thing that washing machines are placed in bathrooms and not in the kitchen where it definitely doesn‘t belong???? IM- pic.twitter.com/s5evTPwgap— melis (@biebersgrills) May 29, 2019
With over 60,000 likes and 17,000 comments, people from all around the world have weighed in on the debate.
Still, this is nothing new.
In 2017, Kirstie Allsopp sparked outrage when she suggested it's "disgusting" to keep a washing machine in the kitchen. In response to a journalist's comments about Americans finding us Brits placing a washing machine in the kitchen confusing, she said she would make it her "life's work" to get them moved elsewhere in the house.
Realising her comments had provoked such a debate, she later responded: "I was joking, although getting the machine out of the kitchen *when possible* does free up kitchen space. Clues in "life's work" comment."
But was Kristie right after all?
In several parts of the US and Europe, washing machines are placed in the bathroom or separate rooms, but in most British homes are found in the kitchen. This is due to the fact most bathrooms could not fit a washing machine. Not to mention the lack of space and electrical sockets.
For those of us who live in the UK, we might not have given a second thought to keeping a washing machine in the kitchen. But, to Americans, this is the same as us Brits discovering that most Americans don't own an electric kettle!
However, there seems to be an argument for and against keeping a washing machine in a kitchen. So, here are our top three advantages and disadvantages to keeping a washing machine in and out of the kitchen.
Still, when it comes to the final word on this washing machine debate, it all depends on space. If there is enough space and somewhere to plug a washing machine in, who's to say it can't go in the kitchen, living room, bedroom or bathroom?