A French website is taking social sharing to a new level, by matching people whose washing machines sit unused during the day with those who need a handy place to wash their clothes.
The site, LaMachineDuVoisin.fr, invites machine-owners to sign up and set the days and hours when their machine is available. People nearby can book a time slot, then pop in to do their weekly wash. Owners charge around â‚¬2 per wash and often offer a chat and a quick coffee as part of the service.
The site doesnâ€™t charge for the service, and the developers say that their goal was to help rebuild communities around the old French concept of le lavoir â€“ where the weekly wash was also a social event in the village. Bonne chance to them â€“ it sounds like a great idea!