My Compact Model

Doing the laundry is one of those chores that never seems to end. I applaud the inventor of the modern washing machine. European washing machines are generally non-agitating and extremely energy efficient. Moreover, these machines use very little water, remove tough stains, and keep clothes in better condition (less wear and tear). However, all these pluses come with a big drawback: the washing cycle is long. 

In Berlin, I have a washer-dryer model that permits me to wash and dry a load of laundry in the same machine. It’s practical, but hardly time saving. The average wash cycle is about 2 hours, and if you decide to dry, tack on another 2.5 hours. (The machine uses condensation to dry.)


Like most Germans, I rarely use a dryer. Instead, I prefer to line dry using a portable drying rack. It’s economical and eco-friendly.