60% of new students have never done their own washing
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Most students moving out of their family homes to go to university say they have never or rarely used a washing machine, according to new findings. This frankly ridiculous statistic has prompted Birmingham City University to issue a special “how to” guide for doing the laundry. Because really, buying new pants because you can’t get it together to wash your old ones is not an ideal way to start the process of looking after yourself. Honestly, it isn’t. Among the new arrivals at Birmingham City University who started living independently for the first time this year, 60% said they have ‘rarely or never’ done their own washing. There is some good news, though - the findings contrast sharply with the 68% who say they can cook ‘well’ or ‘very well’, so even if you have no clothes at least you’re probably not going to starve to death. Still, it’s clear that you might need a little bit of help in the latter area. Birmingham City University’s guide sets out the basics of laundering, such as sorting clothes according to colour, using the correct wash cycles and simply reading the instructions on the clothing labels properly. Sian Howarth, Assistant Director of Student Services, says:"It’s good that programmes like The Great British Bake Off and Masterchef have helped young people to know their bed of celeriac from their apricot jus, but the domestic chores like washing clothes still need to be done.
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