How to Use a Dual-Tub Washing Machine

Step One: Break the automatic washing machine.  (I didn’t do this on purpose, obviously, but the fact is that it’s broken.) 

Step Two: Call the Maytag repair man since it seems like he’s always bored. 

Step Three:  Realize that you live in Indonesia and there is no Maytag repair man.

Step Four: Ask the awesome hangar guys to bring the dual tub machine out from storage in the hangar (MAF has a variety of things we can use while living in the guesthouse, including washing machines).

Step Five:  Clean dust/poop off of machine that has accumulated after months of storage in the hangar.

Step Six:  Ready to wash clothes!  Place clothes and laundry soap in the wash/rinse side of the machine.

Step Seven: Set the Wash/Drain Selector to Wash/Rinse.

Step Eight: Turn on water at the faucet and wait for tub to fill.

Step Nine:  Set the Wash Timer to desired wash time.

Step Ten:  Go inside and do dishes until wash cycle is complete.

Step Eleven: Return to machine and set Wash/Drain Selector to drain and allow water to drain out into pipe in the floor.

Step Twelve: Set Wash/Drain Selector back to wash/rinse.

Step Thirteen: Turn water on at faucet and allow tub to fill again.

Step Fourteen: Set Wash Timer to desired rinse time.

Step Fifteen: Go inside and finish doing dishes.

Step Sixteen: Return to machine and set Wash/Drain Selector back to drain and allow water to drain out into pipe in the floor.

Step Eighteen:  Move clothes to the spin side of the machine.

Step Nineteen: Set Spin Timer to desired length of spin time.

Step Twenty: Go inside and have a cup of coffee.

Step Twenty one: Return to machine, remove clothes from the spin side of the machine.

(Steps 18-21 may needs to be repeated because the spin side of the machine is significantly smaller than the wash/rinse side of the machine and sometimes the clothes won’t all fit on the spin side.)

Step Twenty two: Hang clothes on clothesline.

Repeat Steps 6-22 for remaining loads of laundry.

**editors note: After rereading this post, I realize that I forgot Step Seventeen.  Oops.  But I’m not going to fix it.  So, let’s pretend that Seventeen, in this case, is like the thirteenth floor of buildings in America…it doesn’t exist!)

2 thoughts on “How to Use a Dual-Tub Washing Machine

  1. Ugh. I HATE twin tubs. I hope yours gets fixed soon!!!

    That was all we had when we were in Sentani… and it was outside… and Natalie wouldn’t let me go outside without her following me… so finally I was able to find a house helper… only she hadn’t worked in quite a long time, and thought the twin tub was quite advanced! It took at least a few days of me having to go out there with her every time she did laundry until she had the hang of it. Ah the joys!

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