First, I’m gonna start by saying that I know I’ve sucked at being a blogger since I moved here. Settling in to my new life in Korea was not difficult, which was part of the problem. As soon as I arrived I was busy, busy, busy and didn’t schedule time to post things here. . . . so let’s call this attempt #2.
And for my first post of 2014 (wow, two months in already eh?!) I will be writing about doing laundry here in Korea. Many apartments have a washing machines, and in small places where a built in machine is included they are usually found where you might expect to find an oven. In traditional Korean cooking an oven is not used, only a stove-top, so the space under the stove is the perfect place to put a washing machine in a small, cramped apartment! In other smaller places, like my first apartment years ago, the machine can be found on the balcony.
In my case, it’s under my stove, and I have to say that although I would prefer to have an oven, the location is convenient. Just last week, I decided that I should probably attempt to read my washing machine manual since my clothes still felt a bit sandpaperish after washing and I had been doubting that I was using it correctly for some time. So, yeah, I was totally using it wrong! Turns out the fabric softener goes in the middle compartment with the flowery looking picture . . . and with the machine style and water type here in Korea, fabric softener is a must!
I finally spent some time trying to figure out what everything meant on my machine and created some labels for others who may be struggling! I hope this helps someone else figure out what to do, or what they’ve been doing wrong! And for my friends back home, I hope you find this somewhat interesting . . . . imagine using a washing machine with no words in English except for “Samsung.” I do realize that not all machines will be the same, but, hopefully this can be a bit of a guide. And, for those in Korea please note that when I changed my spin setting from 강 to 중 I started getting a lot less error warnings from my machine!
p.s. my machine has a built in dryer too . . . I love that I don’t need to move my laundry from one machine to another.