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The big question

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?

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9th August 2019
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4 years ago #9819694        

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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4 years ago #9819915        

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

4 years ago #9819692        

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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4 years ago #9819846        

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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4 years ago #9819802        

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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4 years ago #9819662        

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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4 years ago #9820373        

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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4 years ago #9819919        

what if we combine polandball and Scandinavia and the World (satw)?


4 years ago #9819749        

In the US, a small designated closet where the piping runs shortest to the hot water heater...

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4 years ago #9825085        

In the states, I've seen it many places: a separate room in newer houses, a separate closet in newer apartments... in renovated or older homes of all kinds, the bathroom, the kitchen, the basement, the master bedroom, the garage, the entry hall, the den, the rec room, the tool shed (why??), a child's bedroom. My parents built their own house, and they put the laundry machines in a "mud room" between the garage, door to the back yard, and the rest of the house-- the idea was that children covered in snow, mud, and/or other messy substances could change into clean clothes at the same time they took off their shoes, and then the dirty clothes could be washed in that very room without ever bringing outdoor messes into the house. It didn't always work in practice, because they forgot that children are usually rushing inside to use the toilet and don't have time to change clothes first. But they tried.

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