How to use a Korean washing machine.

You’ve come to Korea, you have a job, apartment, things are going swimmingly until…………………….you need to wash your clothes. And then you see this (minus the carpets);

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Excellent. You throw your clothes in and then you see this;

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It’s all in Korean and you don’t have a clue. Well fear not. I have translated the words to make it easy for everyone.

급수; Water Supply

온수; Hot Water

냉수; Cold Water

물높이;Water level

;High

중;Middle/medium

저;Low

코스; Course

표준;regular cycle

이불; duvet and bed clothes

절약; Economic cycle

울;wool, fragile cycle.

불림; Soak

세탁; Wash

헹굼; Rinse

탈수; Spin dry

전원; on/off

동작; start your cycle

일시정지; Pause.

So you simply press the big buttons until the light shows beside the  option you want. Every machine has the buttons designed slightly differently but they always mean the same thing. Also, since my Korean is middling to so so , I might have made mistakes. Apologies if I have and be sure to point them out so I can fix them.

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13 thoughts on “How to use a Korean washing machine.

  1. I’m a public school teacher here all by myself. Just moved back to Korea last week for my second nonconsecutive year! What about you?

  2. Hello. I have a question : what should I do AFTER the light shows beside the option I want? Because once I get to that stage, nothing happens! And where does the detergent go? 😦

    Thanks!

    • Brilliant. Yes I should have said that when you get the optuon you want, press 동작 일시정지 button. The detergent goes in a drawer. If you lift the lid and look straight at the machine, you should see it.

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