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Washing is a method of cleaning, usually with water and often some kind of soap or detergent. Washing both body and clothing is an essential part of good hygiene and health.
Often people use soaps and detergents to assist in the emulsification of oils and dirt particles so they can be washed away. The soap can be applied directly, or with the aid of a washcloth.
People wash themselves, or bathe periodically. Infants, the sick, and people with disabilities are bathed by a caregiver, but those that can wash themselves often do so. Often a shower or a bathtub is used for washing. People bathe naked under most circumstances, and commonly do so in the privacy of their home.
In Europe, some people use a bidet to wash their external genitalia and the anal region after using the toilet, in addition to using toilet paper.
More frequent is washing of just the hands, e.g. before and after preparing food and eating, after using the toilet, after handling something dirty, etc. Hand washing is important in reducing the spread of germs. also common is washing the face, which is done after waking up, or to keep oneself cool during the day. Brushing one's teeth is also essential for hygiene and is a part of washing.
'Washing' can also refer to the washing of clothing or other cloth items, like bed sheets, whether by hand or with a washing machine. It can also refer to washing one's car, by lathering the exterior with car soap, then rinsing it off with a hose, or washing cookware.

Excessive washing may damage the hair or cause rough skin or skin lesions.

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  1. J

    Advice needed! Sink flowing into washing machine and vice versa.

    Hi, We live in a rented property and have recently started having an issue with the kitchen sink. When we using the sink the water drains straight into the washing machine, when the washing machine is on the water bubbles up into the sink. We have tried various unblockers, a drain blaster and a...
  2. M

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  3. TonicQuake

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  4. B

    Undersink plumbing washing machine etc

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  5. H

    Connecting washing machine & dishwasher outlets

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  6. D

    Pipework to put a washing machine in the the garage

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  7. M

    Washing machine install - taping pipes to side

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  8. W

    Pulled out washing machine, this is what we found.

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  9. A

    Greasy clothes - washing machine

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  10. F

    Washing Machine Water Valve

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  11. Sue66

    Bathroom smelling after using washing machine

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  12. Bogart

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  13. S

    E08 on a Hoover Washing Machine

    Hello, I've been trying to find out what a 'EO8' code means on a Hoover Washing Machine (Model: DYN8144 DIX). I've contacted Hoover directly and they won't tell me other than it's 'a motor problem' and want to charge me a fortune to call out an engineer and trying to sell me a new washing...
  14. Daniel Cook

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  15. P

    washing machine waste is a hole in floor

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  16. J

    Washing machine waste pipe - noob question

    Hi, I have a washing machine that is too far from the waste connection so I'm trying to use an extension. I'll map out what I have so far: Tapered washing machine hose > outlet hose connector (secured both sides with a jubilee clip) > generic washing machine hose kit > waste spigot under...
  17. 1

    Resiting washing machine. Help with waste

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  18. R

    Washing machine problem

    Hi, I've just moved into my new home and I've noticed there's only one connection (blue) for the washing machine. My washing machine has 2 connections (red and blue), it's a Zanussi Aquacycle 1000. It does seem to work like a cold fill though as it doesn't start to warm up until about 30 mins...
  19. S

    Strange site disconnecting washing machine

    So I'm about to disconnect my washing machine after reading wikihow and I'm not faced with the two water valves to turn off. The pipe thats connected has no valve?? Could anyone please help?
  20. T

    Washing Machine Drainage difficulties - advice on options

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