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Old 22.09.2011, 00:21
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

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There should be a system here where you can see the laundry schedule and address of all EFers, so you can pop over and use someone else's laundry room when desperate.
I think one of my neighbors sometime did her bf's laundry or let him do it or something as we had a note posted in the waschküche that our laundry facilities are for residents only.

I'd not think too many people would really WANT to use ours, runs me close to 1.5chf per load, depending upon what I'm washing.
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

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It always amazes me the amount written about laundry in Switzelrand; it's so easy, just do what you would do back in UK/US................ buy a washing machine !

They are easy to plumb in the bathroom or kitchen, fine many gerances say you can't have them, but who abides by all the rules anyway and who's going to tell them anyway !
In the USA I would have a bigger apartment/house with room for a washing machine and dryer. In the UK I would either have a bigger apartment, or a nearby laundromatt.

But where I am living, the laundry is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - one floor underground. It includes a drying room as well as the dryer, so anything I hang up to dry is dry in less that 24 hours.
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

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There should be a system here where you can see the laundry schedule and address of all EFers, so you can pop over and use someone else's laundry room when desperate.
Careful Adrian, are you offering something here???
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Old 22.09.2011, 12:32
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

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Just some remarks about "laundry in Switzerland"
> laundry is NOT a federal affair
> laundry is NOT even a Cantonal affair
> laundry is NOT even a municipal affair
> laundry is a matter of the house owners/adminstration AND
> laundry is a matter of the people in a house
> AND of YOU

It's also not an affair of the EU, Schengen, UN or the Red Cross, but I don't think that any of those were mentioned or assumed in this thread (well I havn't read all the pages of the thread).
I think it's been a generallly accepted trend that it is a matter of the house owners/administrations/residents....all of which happen to be located in the Nation of Switzerland. This produces a bit of common ground to solve and issues or misconceptions when situations arise!
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Old 05.01.2012, 23:44
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

Thanks to my lovely neighbor -who used the washing machine on my laundry day- I'm still busy with this huge after-holiday pile of clothing.

And yes, I left a note. A BIG one, right on the machine.

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Old 09.01.2012, 19:48
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

For sb I know, laundry days for them are allocated.
But what she didn't know she needed to leave a note if she wasn't gonna use the machine on her laundry day. But after an old lady barked at her few times for not leaving a note and drying little longer than should in the laundry room(laundry need to removed the very same day before 9 sth like that, surprisingly they are not even allowed to dry their clothes in the flat)

They bought a machine for them after they were told "it isn't allowed to have but if you have I don't know about it" from an estate agent.

It really sucks!! Lucky that we have our own though.
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Old 04.09.2012, 15:46
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Why IS there a laundry issue in CH?

When I moved here more than a year ago, my wife and I had one thing we HAD to have in our flat in order to consider it. Our own Washer/Dryer. We found it, thank god, but it was not easy. I guess I just don't understand why more people/places don't have the ability to have their own. I looked in Fust the other day and they are not super expensive in here in CH. I hear so many people both expat and Swiss alike complain about laundry times and the hassles it brings. Why don't more people have them? It seems like a basic necessity. People wouldn't think of sharing a shower with the whole building or a fridge. So why is there laundry problem to begin with?
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Old 04.09.2012, 15:49
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Re: Why IS there a laundry issue in CH?

Most buildings are rented; landlords are too lazy and stingy to want to support 10 washing machines (and insurance against flooding) when they can just dump one in the unused basement and make people queue for it.

And tenants, in the main, accept it.

Plus Swissies all wear grey, so bundling a load of washing into a dirty washing machine, all in one load, with one mediocre washing powder, suits their needs.
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Old 04.09.2012, 16:03
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

This isn't to offend, but so many people on EF complain about washing machines, but then say the Swiss are the complainers.... e.g "Am I becoming Swissified" Am I turning into a Swiss?"... To me, no you're not, you're just a moaner!

Saying that, I am with the people who complain about ONE short slot per week - That IS crazy....

But, appartment living is about being tolerant of others. I've had people do their washing in my slot... yes it's annoying carrying down washing, for nothing, especially with a baby in one arm, and a week's washing in the other, only to find you've done the trip for nothing, but I've found if you're tolerant with others, the day you desperately need to wash something on a day or time where someone else has booked it, the tolerance will come right back at you...

Is it really that hard to place someone's clothes aside to do your washing... you can buy some clear plastic bags and hygenic gloves if that bothers you... Or again, is it really such a problem to move someone's dry clothes. I'm really sure they didn't leave them there just to annoy you.

I'm very lucky, I have considerate neigbours... I've been a bit p!ssed off a few times... I live with horsey people, with cats and dogs who wash their dog/cat/horse things.... nothing that a hygenic wash won't sort out though.

Just thinking about it, you can either make problems and feel that everyone is against you,or you can turn that problem around.
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Old 04.09.2012, 16:07
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Re: Why IS there a laundry issue in CH?

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When I moved here more than a year ago, my wife and I had one thing we HAD to have in our flat in order to consider it. Our own Washer/Dryer. We found it, thank god, but it was not easy. I guess I just don't understand why more people/places don't have the ability to have their own
When we moved here, my (Swiss) wife insisted that we get a flat with it's own washer and drier, and a ground floor one with solid floors.

We had no problems with laundry and we had no complaints about our children running about.
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Old 04.09.2012, 16:28
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

I lived in apartments from 1996-2007 when I bought my first home. I never lived in one that didn't have a washer dryer. Where I come from, apartments that do not have their own are for low income folks. I have never seen expensive apartments without their own washer/dryer. I have a colleague who has one slot on Tuesday from 7:00 to 14:00. She teachers from 8:00 to 16:30. She has to put in one load, run home at lunch to take it out. Total BS considering the cost of rents.
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

Laundry in Switzerland sucks - for some, not all. I am happy to say I am one of the lucky ones. The older buildings are often not suitable, both in space, and mainly due to vibrations and sound-proofing- for washing machines in each flat. Must say it would drive me nuts to have 1 slot per week- especially with children.
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