Domestic Chores

by hollimallak

Laundry Day

Laundry Day

We arrived in Shanghai on Friday, January 4. Tired from our journey and the stress of moving overseas, we quickly fell asleep after getting to our service apartment.

The next morning we headed out in search of food. And from that moment on my gaze has rarely been without a pink sweater, a pair of jeans or some red undies in my line of sight. [Wearing something red everyday of your zodiac year protects you from the misfortune that often follows. For those without a lot of red in their wardrobe, red underwear solves the problem.]

One of the most obvious – and commented upon – differences between the United States and China is laundry. In particular, the method used for drying clothes.

Family and friends from the US all note the grime inherent in the city and wonder aloud why anyone would wash clothes only to allow them to get dirty as they dry.

I have been told that the Chinese people believe that the rays of the sun kill germs and other impurities.

What I do know is that washing machines are more common in China than dryers. At our first service apartment we hung our wet clothes on a clothing rack to dry. Our new apartment actually has a dryer in it. See the photo below.

And yep, that’s the dryer vent.

Our apartment dryer

Our apartment dryer