Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Doing Laundry: Korean Style

The Set-up: The washing machine (Blue Bertha) is in our bathroom. Koreans have "wet" bathrooms, which essentially means that the entire room can get wet, drain on the floor, etc. Now, before you wash you have to hook the water hose up to the spigot (cold only), put the drain hose by the drain, and plug in Bertha (don't worry the electrical outlet is high on the wall!)

Accessories in a Wet Bathroom: It is very important to have a drain on the floor, tiles on the floor and walls, and "wet" slippers. These allow you to maneuver through the bathroom without getting your socks/feet/regular slippers wet. And the floor does get wet ... you need the slippers. I didn't understand at first either, but now I am a believer!

Drying: Most Korean apartments have a room that is set-up for drying clothing, because they don't have dryers. It is standard for Korean housing to have them situated in front of the windows, thus using the sunshine to speed along the process.

Drying Accessories: This banister (in the drying room) is a helpful accessory for drying odds and ends. I plan on purchasing a drying rack very soon, but I don't have one yet.

Laundry Thank You: I would like to take this moment to thank you Mom for exampling how to dry clothes on a line. I know I spent years complaining and wondering why you didn't use a dryer like a "normal" mom. But now I appreciate all of those things I learned ... like hand ironing!


  1. You didn't mention showering...or hot water!?

  2. That's probably in the next post.