THE days of sweating over a hot iron to remove stubborn creases from clothes may be a thing of the past with the launch of a washing machine that claims to do the job for you.
The steam washing machine blasts clothes with damp air for 20 minutes at the end of the cycle, removing creases and eliminating the need for ironing.
It also uses a unique spray system to blow hot steam on to clothes continuously for 40 minutes during the ordinary wash cycle.
Manufacturer LG Electronics said the machine "brings dry cleaning to your home", leaving clothes crease-free and in most cases ready to wear.
The South Korean company said the new machine was likely to appeal to the environmentally-conscious as the use of steam cuts the consumption of power and water.
According to the company, the Steam Direct Drive Washing Machine uses 35% less water and 21% less electricity than conventional models.
The machines, go on sale in the UK in June, will cost between £800 and £1,000.