Wash-day social

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 €2 per wash and often offer a chat and a quick coffee as part of the service.

The site doesn’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 – where the weekly wash was also a social event in the village. Bonne chance to them – it sounds like a great idea!