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When I lived in England I thought the washing machine was in the kitchen because we had a tiny shitty house, but turned out that's very normal in England. Where do you keep your washing machine?

9th August 2019
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3 months ago #9819694        
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Well of course Britain does laundry in the kitchen, it's not like the British are known for cooking in there...


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3 months ago #9819915        
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Washing machine? I just keep a bunch of gnomes enslaved in my basement who fix such things for me.

3 months ago #9819692        
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At least according to Swedish standards, the washing machine must be installed in a room with a floor drain. This obviously excludes the kitchen. Since most apartments only have one in the bathroom, that's where it goes.


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3 months ago #9819846        
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The washing machine I the kitchen in the UK would be historical.
When washing was done when there was no indoor running water, you would collect the water and heat it on the kitchen stove then transfer to the wash tub either inside or by the kitchen door, later when indoor plumbing happened the tap would be in the kitchen, the toilet would still be outside for many years.
Early washing machines would require the water to be heated first, so kitchen was the nearest place and it had the sink to empty the water to the drainage.
Twin tubs came along and you had to fill them, kitchen sink tap via a hose, though they heated the water they didn't drain straight into the drains, they pumped water back out via a hose into the sink. You would roll it out from under a work surface or corner and use it that way then roll it back when finished so closer to a sink was the best place, hence being placed in the kitchen.
When automatic machines appeared they replaced the old top loaders or twin tubs, they obvious place was replace one with the other and so in the kitchen they remained.
Laundry rooms were for larger houses with servants.
Also where electricity was initially placed in houses forced practicality of the machine position, few houses in the UK have a electricity socket in the bathroom but lots in the kitchen.


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3 months ago #9819802        
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Mis-representing Denmark. Let me fix it.

Denmark: It belongs in the brewery (bryggerset)
Everybody: The brewery?
Denmark: Yeah, you know the brewery room in every home?


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3 months ago #9819662        
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Good lord... Why would you want the washer and dryer in the same room where you take a shit? Imagine taco tuesday, if you did laundry on that day...


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3 months ago #9819919        
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what if we combine polandball and Scandinavia and the World (satw)?

Bea


3 months ago #9819749        
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In the US, a small designated closet where the piping runs shortest to the hot water heater...


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RyanW

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3 months ago #9820373        
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Well, the laundry room is pretty much the cleaning supplies storage room as well - some of which I really don't want around my cooking area. It might also have a sink, for things you need running water for, but that you don't want to do in a sink used for food prep or personal sanitation. I clean things like paint brushes and muddy boots in the laundry room sink.


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3 months ago #9819914        
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in Switzerland, it's either in the bathroom or, if you have a closet for brooms and stuff, it's there too... but mostly in the bathroom....

the kitchen would be really weird for Swiss people... I've noticed because I use British books to teach English (school choice) and when there are photos of apartments with vocabulary, my students always say: a washing machine in the kitchen?? weird!

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