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  • hey guys welcome back to how to  switzerland sarah here today and  

  • in today's video we are going to talk  about doing laundry in switzerland

  • so this is episode two of our switzerland basics  series so this series is all about the back to  

  • basics if you are fresh in switzerland you  just want to know how basic things work this  

  • series is for you and we got so many requests for  this one which is really funny but people are so  

  • curious how to do laundry like a swiss how  do the swiss do laundry what can i expect  

  • when i move here so of course you all know by now  i'm sure that switzerland is definitely a country  

  • of rules and rule followers um so there  are a lot of rules that come to doing  

  • your laundry the main one that you need to  know is that you cannot do laundry on sundays  

  • your building will probably have signs that say  that ours does the hours are on the door i'll  

  • show everything when we get downstairs but you  definitely cannot do laundry on sunday you can't  

  • hang your clothes outside on the line on sunday  so make sure you are getting your laundry in  

  • monday through saturday next thing that you should  know is that you cannot hang your clothes to dry  

  • inside of your apartment this is in our lease  and it probably will be in your lease as well  

  • and the reason why they have this in leases is  because swiss houses you guys have seen the videos  

  • i'm sure where i'm showing you um around our swiss  apartment um they're very sealed all the doors all  

  • the windows extremely seal i would argue that  you know most apartments are pretty much like  

  • air proof how you say like no air is going in or  out okay no air is going in or out so if you hang  

  • dry clothes obviously the water goes somewhere  and it will go into the walls into the ceiling  

  • and that's not good so we do have two balconies  in this apartment and we do hang it outside  

  • in the summer but in the winter we have to hang  everything downstairs in the drying room which we  

  • will show you shortly so i keep saying i'll show  you in a second that is because our washer and  

  • dryer are downstairs in the basement so we live in  like a relatively normal nice apartment building  

  • but it is not necessarily standard in switzerland  to have a washer and dryer in your unit for  

  • your for yourself um you're more than likely  going to have a shared laundry laundry machine  

  • machine and dryer um you might get lucky  i've talked about this before i'm not saying  

  • every apartment does not have a washer dryer but  it is a little bit unlikely especially if you are  

  • in a big expensive city like zurich your chances  are probably less and less than if you're in more  

  • of a suburb you might have a little bit more  space so you might have a washer and dryer  

  • but i wouldn't expect it and it might be  something that you need to compromise on  

  • when you're searching for apartments you might  have to let go of that dream of having a washer  

  • in your unit but it certainly does exist i know  people that have washer and dryer in the unit  

  • but we do not the good news is if you are moving  to zurich or switzerland from a big city like new  

  • york where you don't even have washing machines in  every building and you had to go to a laundromat  

  • you probably will not have that situation here  almost every building is going to have a washing  

  • it's early i can't say washing machinewasher and a dryer in the basement so it's  

  • not very likely that they'll say that there's no  washing facilities facilities on the premises at  

  • all it might happen but i have not seen it and  we looked at a lot of apartments and we did not  

  • really see that um but if you do find yourself in  that situation there are not a lot of laundromats  

  • here in zurich there are a few in smaller cities  you might not find any self-service um laundromats  

  • so yeah you'll probably have one in your apartment  so in this apartment like i said we have a shared  

  • washer and dryer and unfortunately we do have to  pay for it separately it's not included in our  

  • rent we have to pay for each load of laundry we  looked at a ton of apartments and it was about 50  

  • 50. some of the buildings had laundry in the  basement where you don't have to pay per load  

  • and some of them you do have to pay but almost  every single one that had a paid machine came  

  • with a card like this it's not coin laundry that  i have seen one of those before but it's more more  

  • than likely you're going to have this kind ofcard chip system so how this works is this is how  

  • we pay per load um in our building we have to put  80 swiss francs on here at a time um that's a lot  

  • of money to like put on this laundry card but you  can't do less you can't do more you have to put  

  • 80 swiss francs on here so you take the 80 bucks  cash you take the card you put it in the envelope  

  • you put your unit number on it and you put it  in the mailbox of the building maintenance guy  

  • and he only uploads them every two weeks so do  not let yourself get too low on funds at least  

  • in our building i'm sure it's kind of standard  maybe once a week or like for us only every  

  • other week so two times a month we can put money  on here so you want to make sure that you keep it  

  • full so i've got my laundry i've got my little  wonder card chip thing here let's go downstairs  

  • okay so we are down in our laundry room and some  things to point out so you might have a sign up  

  • sheet like this where basically you just write  in when you want to do the laundry so we have um  

  • you know morning slot midday and evening slot so  you can do laundry from 7am till 9pm and you can  

  • sign up for those slots um months in advance in  our apartment it's kind of like unofficial there's  

  • one person that takes monday i always take tuesday  it's tuesday um there's another guy that takes  

  • like every other wednesday and then it's pretty  much free for all but it's really not an issue  

  • in our building but i have heard of people saying  that they have really a hard time getting laundry  

  • done that they can only do it like once a month  if they're lucky um some apartments will give you  

  • like a dedicated spot but we quite like having  this because it has some flexibility so you can  

  • see we have one washer one dryer some apartments  again might have more than one we've toured some  

  • that had a few washers um some had no dryers  it just kind of depends but i can tell you that  

  • a lot of people in switzerland i would say most  people nobody in our building uses the dryer um  

  • we have to pay for it and it just takes a long  time and people are quite used to hanging their  

  • clothes here in the room right next door so let's  throw in some laundry so the one major difference  

  • i've noticed with um laundry machines washers  in switzerland is that the um drums are far  

  • far smaller than the standard size in america  i know that this is a very um like high-end  

  • made in switzerland fauzou washing machine but the  drum is actually relatively small and doesn't hold  

  • a lot of clothes so i find myself doing a lot  of loads um whereas in the us the drums were  

  • like getting bigger and bigger every single year  okay so then i have everything in i just need to  

  • turn it on so this is how you power the machine  so i'm going to go here and hit washing machine  

  • and now it says great valen which means choose  device i guess so washing machine big descartes  

  • sorry for the horrible accent so i'm just going  to hold this up and now it says my um like budget  

  • on here my amounts on here is six dollars so now  the machine has power going to it and i think it  

  • just flashed that it's one frank per hour but i'm  not exactly sure on the price but it's definitely  

  • not expensive so in europe it seems that they tend  to wash based on temperature in celsius obviously  

  • so you're actually supposed to wash clothes  on 40 i think but i usually do 60 and then to  

  • save money i hit this little guy right here so  it goes from 1 hour 13 to 39 it's a quick wash  

  • for me that works just fine so we'll come back in  39 minutes and i'll show you how we hang the wash  

  • okay the laundry is done definitely make sure  you set a timer we always go upstairs and set a  

  • timer because if you do leave it in for too long  and you're not like signed up for the whole day  

  • if somebody comes down and wants to do laundry  i would say in my experience swiss people are  

  • not shy about taking your stuff and putting  it somewhere same goes for if you are taking  

  • up a lot of space in the drying room and your  clothes are dry if somebody needs space they're  

  • not going to be shy to take your clothes down or  go knock on your door and stuff like that i know  

  • in some cultures that would be seen as quite  confrontational but in my experience the swiss  

  • are not really shy about doing that so just make  sure you're respectful um and you move your stuff  

  • as soon as possible also i wanted to point out  we have a whole wall of rules i can't show you  

  • everything but we have five pieces of paper here  with all the things that you should and shouldn't  

  • do and it actually says every time you use this  room you're expected to clean the whole machine  

  • like the top the inside clean the floors clean the  filters um make sure that basically you're leaving  

  • everything in pristine condition it's all noted  here along with the hours you can use the machines  

  • it's all in german um but yeah lots of rolls  but let's go pull this stuff out and hang it up  

  • so like i said line drawing is the thing here so  we have this big room with these huge lines which  

  • is actually really nice because it is february you  cannot really hang your stuff outside right now  

  • in the summer we have a bunch of lines in the  back of the building so you can actually hang  

  • the stuff out in the sun and in summer you can  dry stuff in like 30 minutes which is really nice  

  • but i find hanging stuff in winter in this  kind of an environment it takes about 24 hours  

  • or up to a day and a half kind of depends so  yeah i'm just gonna hang this up okay back in  

  • the apartment by the way if you're still  here watching this i don't know 10 minute  

  • video about how to do laundry let me know in the  comments if you're still watching and by the way  

  • i actually wanted to say for all the people  that live in switzerland that are watching  

  • please leave your experience with laundry in the  comments down below i know it will really help  

  • the people that are watching this video that are  thinking about moving to switzerland and of course  

  • every building every canton you know they're  going to be slightly different so maybe right  

  • where you live and just a little bit about your  laundry situation do people take down your clothes  

  • what kind of rules do you have leave your comments  down below so everyone can um read about different  

  • experiences that they might expect to run into if  they move here but basically now i just want to  

  • show you one last thing sorry i know this video is  getting very long talking about how to do laundry  

  • but i mentioned that we dry our clothes outside  on the balcony in the summer i just wanted to show  

  • you in case you've never seen one of these before  i never saw one of these growing up in the united  

  • states um so these are very common it's basically  like a drying rack it's super handy this one's  

  • just little from ikea and you can put on here like  your socks and underwear pop it out on the balcony  

  • and then we also have one that's large here it's  basically the same kind of steel except it's sorry  

  • we don't have a lot of closet space here this is  our only closet actually um so it's just basically  

  • the same but wider bigger and it has some wings  that flap out and then we have some clips here  

  • to hang it on here so these both just go on our  balcony in the summer and also the ironing board  

  • here i should point out when you if you're new to  line drying your clothes you'll probably see that  

  • you're gonna have to iron a lot more because  stuff can get kind of like crunchy as opposed  

  • to when you put stuff in the dryer it comes out  fluffy um a lot of times your pants and shirts  

  • and stuff will be kind of like crunchy crinkly so  ironing them with like a lot of steam really helps  

  • um on that front but that is it for today's video  i hope you guys enjoyed this switzerland basics  

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