I hear from a lot of foreigners who tell me that they plan on buying an “American style” washing machine when they are in the Philippines. Another alternative to a US style washing machine is an Asian style washing machine. The Asian style machines are all plastic, and usually not nearly as fancy as the US or American style machines. American style washing machines are a lot more expensive, often around $1,000 for just the washing machine, and a similar price for the dryer if you want one of those too. Asian style machines are much less expensive, just a fraction of the cost. But wait… there is an alternative. Have a look at the video below. What do you think? The vast majority of people in the Philippines wash their clothes like what you see in the video, by hand! You can do it yourself, or maybe you will have a labandera (a laundry lady) who will do this for you. I suppose it is more “green” than using a machine.
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