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Kanji Cheatsheet # Washing Machine

Japanese Washing Machine

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Washing clothes has been a very basic skill, one that I have taken for granted. That was until I came to Japan and found myself illiterate and could not make heads or tails of any Kanji on the washing machine I was trying to use.

Being in Japan it’s more than highly likely that your washing machine and other house hold appliances will be written in kanji and hiragana.

While some may get by with similarities; how  your machine is similar to the one back home. But to some with totally different climate, it may not be surprising the washing machines here can really be all that different.


Well if you’re another one out there who are struggling with it, not to worry, below is a Kanji Cheat Sheet that  though it may not tell you exactly what to do and there may be thousands of models, but if you know the basic concepts, you’ll be able to get the job done.


Washing machine kanji guide


Washing Machine and Dryer Kanji and Kana

洗剤     detergent

漂白剤     bleach

柔軟剤     fabric softener

洗濯コース     washing course

標準     standard

お急ぎ     fast

毛布 / もうふ     heavy (blankets/linen)

手洗い / 念入り     gentle wash

わが家流     personalized settings

洗濯  / 洗い / あらい     wash

すすぎ     rinse

排水     drain

脱水     spin dry

一時停止 / いちじていし     pause

冷水     cold water

温水     warm water

水量     water volume

水位     water level

給水     water supply

洗濯のみ     wash only

乾燥のみ     dry only

洗・乾切替     to switch between washing/drying

洗濯~乾燥連続運転     continuous wash to dry operation

乾燥     dry

室内干し     indoor drying / hanging clothes inside

ソフト温風     soft warm air

送風     cool air

高温     hot/high temperature

控えめ     low temperature/controlled drying


For other Kanji Cheatsheets, check our Air conditioner cheat sheet 

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