If you are anything like me, you probably have a washing machine and a tumble dryer. If not, cool. I wont judge you. Too harshly. Kidding. Here in England, washing clothes is slightly different from washing clothes back home. While in the UK they do not beat their clothes against a rock to get them clean, it is not too far off. Here are the facts:
In England, you will find your washing machine in the kitchen. Notice I said ‘washing machine’-I never even MENTIONED a tumble dryer. Gosh. Anyway, the washing machine is in the kitchen, with other kitchen-like appliances. After all, this is a small island and we are experts at space saving. You will NEVER find your washing machine and dryer in a separate room. Anyway, once your clothes have finished their cycle in the washing machine, you will then summarily march outside and proceed to hang your clothes on a washing line or a whirly. A what? Please see picture below.
Truth be told, I do not put my clothes on a washing line nor a whirly. Come on. I really can’t have my neighbours seeing that my ‘smalls’ are largely unmatching. I mean, some things are meant to be private. In addition, as you hang your clothes on the line or whirly, please don’t forget that this is England. It is gonna rain today, tomorrow and probably the day after that. So go ahead and put your clothes outside to dry, British weather has other plans. For real.
Enter the tumble dryer. I have one, I can happily admit (boast, I mean). And in the winter, it serves as an added heat source. Kid not. In the summer, I do tend to hang my clothes on a drying rack (when in Rome people…). This seems to work well, but if I need something dry in 20 minutes, air drying is not going to cut it. Cue the hair dryer. Washing (and drying) your clothes in England is fun, if not crazy. Believe me, I know.