LWIF EP37: Doing Laundry in Japan

Aiko learns how to do laundry, which in Japan, usually means hanging them out to dry on your balcony.

Although you can purchase dryers (or combo washer/dryer machines), they’re not common like they are in North America. When it rains, laundry can be hung indoors, and modern bathrooms have heater fans inside them that can be used to dry clothes.

When we wash our clothes, we usually use the old bath water for the wash cycle (the cycle that uses detergent). After that cycle is done, the clothes is rinsed with fresh water.

How do you do laundry where you’re from?

Answers and Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, it’s a new home!
  • Yeah, this wasn’t Aiko’s favourite video to make, but she wasn’t really that sad about making it 🙂
  • The laundry machines takes 22 minutes to wash, but a long time to dry (sometimes more than 3 hours). The clothes come out with very little water in them, as the machine has a “spin dancing” feature.
  • The clothes don’t get crunchy when hang dried, but I totally know what you’re talking about, since I’ve previously experienced the crunch. I’m fairly sure there’s a softener in the detergent that helps to make the clothes not crunchy. All in all, the clothes dry nicely when hung out on the balcony.
  • I don’t know where you get the door hanger outside of Japan, but I’m sure you could Google it and see. It’s a very easy to get in Japan.
  • Clothes take anywhere from an hour (hot, dry, and windy summer day) to the whole day (cold and humid winter day) to dry when hung out.
  • We do laundry almost every day. Why so much… I wish I knew why 🙂 Perhaps because there would be no room on the balcony to do a week’s worth of laundry for an entire family?

One comment on LWIF EP37: Doing Laundry in Japan

  • Filipina from Rizal, Philippines

    Hi! I am from the Philippines and here, the culture is very diverse. The tradition and the practices vary from being extremely conservative to being liberated and westernized.

    Where I’m from, laundry is mostly done by hand. Most families hire people to do their laundry but some still do it themselves. Since it is sunny most of the time in the Philippines, dryers are rarely used. What we do is, after manual wringing, the clothes are hung to dry. To Filipinos, sun drying is important for it helps kill the bacteria in the clothes, sheets, etc.

    Nowadays, laundry services, are becoming more common, especially in areas where there are dormitories, apartments, and condominiums.

    I have a few questions not related to the video, if you don’t mind?
    Since you moved to a new house, how did the move go? I read somewhere that moving in Japan is incredibly systematic. You have all these cool things that can pack your stuff neatly without having to exert a lot of effort. Were you able to experience that?

    Is the new home different from the last one? The last one was a mansion type apartment, right? What type of home are you living in right now? Is the kitchen different?

    I really enjoy watching your videos. They are entertaining and informative. Please continue to make more!

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