At one time or another, you may find yourself in need of a laundromat in Japan. But, what if you don't know how to use them? What if you end up paying too much for your washing, or end up shriveling your favorite sweater up small enough to fit your neighbor's dog?
No worries! This post will walk you through all the machines at our shop and how to use them. Of course, if you would rather let us do the laundry for you, be sure to ask the staff for our wash and fold or Post Bag service instead!
Okay, let's start with the washing machines. After you've chosen the appropriately-sized machine for your laundry, take a look at the panel. Most machines have a panel that looks similar to this.
The button on the left is for rinsing the drum clean. The whole cycle takes about 4 minutes from start to finish. Generally you want to use this setting before putting you clothes in the machine, but it's totally optional.
Next, you want to choose the cycle setting, or the strength of the wash cycle. Push the smaller button beside the setting you want. Wash times vary depending on the cycle setting. Note that if you don't choose a cycle, the machine will automatically start the standard wash after you insert enough coins, and you don't need to push the start button.
Our Electrolux washing machines automatically drop unscented detergent and fabric softener. If you don't want to use fabric softener, push this button before inserting coins. If you want to add extra detergent, ask our staff or look for the bin of powdered detergent available for use.
Finally, you're all set! Just push the round START button. Yes, that's a button, although it looks suspiciously like a dial you should spin 🤔
We keep an assortment of scented laundry beads at our store, which cost 100 yen per bundle.
To use them, be sure to take the plastic bag off, leave the beads inside the net and throw them whole into the washing machine with your laundry.
Next, the dryers! Luckily, the hard part is over. Coin-operated tumble dryers are simple. Just drop 100 yen coins into the slot with an arrow pointing toward your machine. The machines automatically start, and automatically add time as you add coins.
Generally, you'll want a good 40 minutes or so for most loads.
The outer door of the dryers has a maximum fill line (the wavy yellow line). If you put too much wet laundry in the machine, the air won't be able to circulate as well and will require additional time to dry, or won't be able to fully dry at all.
Don't forget to add in a dryer sheet for extra fluffy softness!
This machines with the crazy-looking panel is capable of doing both a full wash and dry of clothes up to around 30 pounds. Make sure the clothes have lots of room to move around, otherwise the drying cycle won't be able finish up properly.
If you're using this machine for washing only, you can fill it with more, up to around 60 pounds.
This machine's pretty complicated, so we've already labelled all the buttons in English to make it easier!
And that's it! Don't forget, if you have any questions, you can always ask our staff for help. We're looking forward to serving you!