DOING LAUNDRY IS ALWAYS THE SAME - OR IS IT
Because of it's size, I need to do laundry almost every day. One load consisted of our two bath towels. It seems ridiculous, but the washer was full with just the two towels.
On the day we moved in, the landlord tried to explain it to me in his clipped English, but I just waived him off and said I'd figure it out. When it came right down to doing it, however, it was a different matter.
The dial looked much more complicated than I'd ever seen. The strange thing to me was that the red numbers in the display window had 137 in it. I wasn't sure what that meant - temperature of the water? speed of the machine? or what? I found out that it actually displayed the amount of minutes that the load took. When I do my wash it takes more than two hours for the machine to finish washing a load. One long time resident declared that the clothes are very clean when they are finished. I guess so after washing so long.
I was also told that it is very common for people to remove their work clothes or Sunday clothes as soon as they walk in the door to keep them from getting dirty. People sit around at home in their skivvies and need to get dressed when they have surprise visitors. Washing machines that have a cycle of 2 hours must wear clothes out quickly.
Now after doing laundry for a couple weeks, I'm not sure what we'll do. I found out that using softener in the wash machine is as important as detergent. The clothes don't come out as stiff as a board after air-drying.
The towels and sheets are the most challenging. I was actually surprised to find that the softener plus shaking them hard before placing on the rack made them almost as soft as a drier. Almost is the important word here. Sheets are too large to hang on the rack so that is a challenge.
Next week I'll fill you in on how they face that challenge.