I think it’s safe to say that I’m literally learning something new every day. Some things are learned by listening to the advice of others, but many things are learned on my own. Lots of trial and error going on around here.
Just when I thought I learned enough about my new washer and dryer to survive for the next three years, I learned something new about laundry in Switzerland…
Here, dryers do not have a vent like they do in the States. You can simply plug it in and begin using it immediately. My uncle tried to ask me about the mechanics during a recent phone call, but I had no answers for him. As far as I know, it’s magic. My clothes go in wet and come out dry. That’s all I really cared about.
Well, fast forward a month into using my new dryer, and I start to become less satisfied. My clothes weren’t coming out quite as dry as before. This Sunday (yes, I was doing laundry on a Sunday – don’t tell!) I took out a load that was as wet as when I put it in. Hmmm…something isn’t right. Combine that with the fact that I felt like the bathroom smelled a little bit weird (like mildew, maybe?), and I realized there was probably something I was supposed to be doing to keep this dryer working well.
I tried pulling out a part of the dryer (the same part that pulls out on the washer to put in detergent) and to my surprise, a HUGE compartment came out. And guess what? It was FULL of water. I would say at least a gallon or two! No wonder the dryer isn’t working! Instead of cleaning out a lint tray, I need to be dumping out the water between loads!
The good news is that after this discovery, my clothes are drying quickly again. Success!