A little-known washing machine hack could slash your bills this winter.

The cost of living is gripping households across the UK as many face difficult financial choices. Families will be looking at quick and easy ways to save money and cut down on bills.

And there is one hack with your washing machine that could save you money, the Mirror reports. A "little used" button could cut your energy usage by over 60%.

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TikTok user Budgeting Mum has shared a video telling people about the top tip. In the video, she shows her wash ready for a cycle at 40 degrees before changing her mind and changing it to 20 degrees.

The slight change in temperature could make all the difference. The TikTok user said washing machines generally stay at 40 degrees, but actually, changing the temperature to a slightly cooler setting can be more substantial.

And Which? also suggests this to be true. The Mirror reports that according to their research, turning the temperature down on the cottons cycle from 40 to 20 degrees, reduced energy running costs by an average of 62%.

They said: "This is because washing machines need to use less energy to heat water to lower temperatures." They also found that "cleaning power" was slightly worse at this settling, but you can offset this by switching to a liquid detergent. It concluded: "It should be enough for everyday cleaning."

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