A peek inside our London Manor continues. This week we will take a little tour with a couple of the mechanicals that keep the manor humming. Laundry is the job that never ends. However, we are lucky that our house came with a washer and separate dryer. Yes, we are lucky.
The washer is a standard issue front-loading washer. It does not fit much in the way of my top loader at The 407, but it does a fine job cleaning. The pièce de résistance is the tumble dryer. On our home searches very few had dryers, and I did a happy dance when we realized we picked a place that had one. I can give up a lot of things, but a proper dryer is not one of them. It is a difficult idea to wrap your brain around if not having a dryer is an extremely foreign concept. I know, for a fact, that many households do not have dryers at all. How do they do laundry, you ask? Those without a dryer have two alternatives:
- A washer and foldable drying rack - Everything gets hung to air dry. I like to hang a lot of my clothes to dry, but there are some things that deserve a warm dry. I certainly think socks and undies deserve a warm tumble as air dried laundry items have a certain crunchy element to them.
|Laundry from back in the apartment - never a good spot to put this|
- A washer/dryer in the same unit - When the wash cycle ends, it switches into heat mode for the dryer. We had one of these in our corporate apartment; it was not ideal, but better than nothing. If you've ever tried drying laundry with a hair dryer you have an idea of the quality. I ran clothes through a dry cycle then hung them on the foldable rack so I could do more than one load of laundry per day.
The dryer at our house is not without it's own idiosyncrasy. This bad boy is known as a condensing dryer. The vapors do not vent to the outside, they magically condense back into a water tank that has to be emptied every three to four loads. The condensing reservoir is a little heavy and unwieldily to empty. I always get the back door open before I remove it so I don't spill all over the floor.
|The reservoir is full|
|I think it weighs 5kg (about 10 pounds) when full|
|I'll use the water for the flowers when we get some|
All in all, it's a creature comfort I'm glad is at my house. Stay tuned for next time; we can explore the kitchen! Try to not lose sleep whilst you wait.