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Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

Hi, I have a german neighbour that seems to be using the washing machine as stress relief....

For a long while he was simply not cleaning the drying machine... so I cleaned it for a few months just to keep the "good spirit" - until I complained - then he said I was lying but I captured several "mementos" of my findings and still was not admitting reality, trying to turn it around. It was full of long hairs and I have short hair... finally I made him admit it as I played him - made a wrong statement which his narcisistic self made him to automatically correct me... I said "hey, you were yesterday sunday at 6pm washing" he responded "you are wrong, it was 8pm"...

Well, I discussed that with her lovely wife and things changed.
He nowadays kept on changing my things (cube and washing products) every time he goes down... I think it is a kind of a stress relief like he was a 6 year old or so...

Last couple of weekends It seemed to me that my washing machine gel has diminished and today I found the lid of the gel not even turned, so it is clear that it is being used by him... (only two neighbours use this one).

Some time ago I asked and he stated that he did not use my products. So, somebody comes in and drinks the washing gel?

What should I do? Should i put a label "do not use!" and add some bleach on it?
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Old 05.07.2021, 22:27
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

Welcome to the Forum.

I suggest you keep your washing liquid in your flat, and take it to the laundry room as needed. And in the meantime hunt for a flat with a private washing machine. Your life will be much happier.
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Old 05.07.2021, 22:37
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

Maybe take an empty bottle of laundry detergent, fill it with something disgusting, put the lid back on it and set it down there and wait and see what happens.

Alternatively, you could follow 3Wishes suggestions, though that might not be as much fun.

What are the laws regarding setting up a hidden camera? (Asking more out of curiosity than anything else...)
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

Label all your products in Serbian or Russian or Chinese .

Of course making sure that you yourself know which is which
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Hi, I have a german neighbour that seems to be using the washing machine as stress relief....
This thread didn't go in the direction I was thinking it would, sadly.

Keep your stuff in your apartment. Adding bleach might only make things worse.
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Label all your products in Serbian or Russian or Chinese .

Of course making sure that you yourself know which is which
... or just buy them from Serbia, Russia, or China?
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... or just buy them from Serbia, Russia, or China?
or just buy them from the respective ethnic shops here in Zürich. Not a big deal if you look up the words first, or just ask.
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Hi, I have a german neighbour that seems to be using the washing machine as stress relief....

For a long while he was simply not cleaning the drying machine... so I cleaned it for a few months just to keep the "good spirit" - until I complained - then he said I was lying but I captured several "mementos" of my findings and still was not admitting reality, trying to turn it around. It was full of long hairs and I have short hair... finally I made him admit it as I played him - made a wrong statement which his narcisistic self made him to automatically correct me... I said "hey, you were yesterday sunday at 6pm washing" he responded "you are wrong, it was 8pm"...
For the first two paragraphs I was convinced your neighbour was releasing his own, erm, 'load' into or onto your washing machine.
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

don't get the stress relief part.

I have a locker in my washing room. You should keep it in your flat or get a lockbox to put it into and leave down there.
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For the first two paragraphs I was convinced your neighbour was releasing his own, erm, 'load' into or onto your washing machine.
Don't give him ideas... LOL.... seeing that childish behavior and rejecting what he is doing as it usually happens right after he leaves the washing room... (my things moved to different places usually)
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

Why are any of your things - besides those inside the machine during its current wash-cycle - anywhere in the laundry?
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Why are any of your things - besides those inside the machine during its current wash-cycle - anywhere in the laundry?
I am wondering the same thing. In every place I’ve lived, the washroom was only for the washer and dryer and you were expected to leave the place completely empty when you finished with your allotted time.
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I am wondering the same thing. In every place I’ve lived, the washroom was only for the washer and dryer and you were expected to leave the place completely empty when you finished with your allotted time.
The laundry room in my apartment has a block of shelves mounted on the wall, with a square for each flat to store their washing products. Everyone uses it, though all my neighbours are nice so it’s not an issue. It’s completely open, no way to lock it. I guess the OP has something similar.
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

I've seen the laundry rooms of some friends, and they do have either shelving they can use (a section per flat), or cabinets with doors they can use (1 per flat). I think about 1/4 of the laundry rooms I have seen have storage. I think I've only seen storage in buildings with 10 or less flats.
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

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Why are any of your things - besides those inside the machine during its current wash-cycle - anywhere in the laundry, given that you dislike and distrust one of your neighbours?
Why would you leave yourself vulnerable to anyone touching your laundry products, if "anyone touching your laundry products" is something you know bothers you?

You can't change your neighbour, but you can change your own management of your laundry and supplies.
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

I very vaguely remember such problems. I bought a washing machine, put it in my flat and am happy ever after. That was about 20 years ago.

Oh and the first one was second hand (I had to sit on it during the spinning process ) and I'm only on my second now (it doesn't move an inch while spinning even faster). So no, it's not a big investment. But the effect is unbelievable.
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I very vaguely remember such problems. I bought a washing machine, put it in my flat and am happy ever after. That was about 20 years ago.

Oh and the first one was second hand (I had to sit on it during the spinning process ) and I'm only on my second now (it doesn't move an inch while spinning even faster). So no, it's not a big investment. But the effect is unbelievable.
that's often not allowed, assuming you even have the space.
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Re: Washing machine neighbour - stress relief?

Laundry was the bane of my existence ever since we moved to Europe.

I simply for the life of me cannot understand why such a mundane task (that nobody really wants to do) is an open invitation for a war with your neighbors.

We moved into a flat with a washer & dryer and I simply won’t have it any other way in the future.

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