If washing your smalls is a serious concern when pitched nowhere near a launderette, the Haier MW-BQ8S Table Top Mini washing machine might be the solution.

Measuring just 256 x 278 x 382mm, the Haier MW-BQ8S has supposedly been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s smallest washing machine — it isn’t much bigger than a pedal bin.

Ozone is used to sterilise clothing and the machine can run a cycle in as little as 18 minutes.

The Haier MW-BQ8S costs around £100 in China, but there’s no news yet on UK availability. More details at the Haier web site.