My name is Asmaa, I am a Saudi girl and I have a confession to make: I have been doing my own laundry for about 2 months now. My entire laundry load, abaya to socks.
That previous statement may have made me sound like a spoiled brat but I assure you that my family is only in the middle of the financial spectrum of my lovely city. My parents spent good money to get me a decent education, but I don’t carry a designer bag.
My routine has been the same since childhood: throw my dirty laundry in the hamper and come back home to find my room miraculously tidy. We’ve always had two maids at home, and we’re only 4 people.
About 6 years back I did my first laundry load, it was summer vacation and we were spending 3 months at our apartment in Cairo. Someone had to do the laundry.
It was a front loading washing machine and I used Persil liquid detergent, a light blue liquid with an ambiguous but pleasant flower scent. At the absence of a dryer I had to hang the clothes to dry, and being on the 11th floor, that meant hanging them INSIDE the balcony and not out.
Since then I’ve only hand washed woolen cardigans and lace delicates, but never a pair of jeans. Until one of the maids had to leave.
It was just another ordinary day, got back home from college, threw my scrubs and lab coat in the hamper and went for a nap, woke up to find my mom washing my scrubs. So I had her teach me how.
As it turns out, using a washing machine isn’t as complicated once u read what all those little buttons and lights say. Also, always read the label on your clothes. ALWAYS! And now, yours truly is familiar with laundry. Oh so proud of myself!
P.S. NEVER wash your favourite tie dye t-shirt with anything, really. wash it on it’s own. I am very serious.