Lots of westerners come to Ukraine expecting for there to be clothes dryers and freak out a bit when they learn they need to do it by hand – and natural dry. In fact, you won’t find an automatic dryer at any Ukrainian house or flat, except at special laundromats.
Why Ukrainians do not use “automatic dryers” for their clothes, while they do use “automatic washing machines”?
So I made a survey hoping to find an answer and eventually it was found. First reaction of an ordinary Ukrainian I came across was that most of them have never heard of such device, except those who have been abroad and saw them there, or in some American movies. Actually it’s not a surprise for me, because you won’t find them in any Ukrainian appliance shop or store. People are not informed about such machines and simply have no ideas about them. But after some explanations given to people on the street and my friends, I got some answers.
For those who live in a flat the main point is the lack of space. A standard Ukrainian flat has not enough space in bathrooms or in kitchens where automatic washing machines are usually installed. So to find some space for an automatic dryer is real problem. In addition, it consumes electrical power which is practically equal to automatic washing machines. And the fee for electricity is increasing monthly nowadays. As each automatic washing machine has a drying function there isn’t an urgent need to get automatic dryer, most of Ukrainians think. Clothes are usually hung on the ropes on balconies or radiators inside the flat. So the main factors for those people who live in flats why they don’t use automatic dryers are lack of space, limited functions of such machines, and of course, electrical savings aren’t taking the last place.
So now, let’s get back to those residents of Ukraine who live in houses. The similar thing is that they are also not informed about such machines, as those who live in flats. But they don’t bother about the space, it’s not a problem for them, because there’s usually large and spacious bathrooms in private houses. The funny thing my mother-in-low admitted when your clothing is waving on the ropes in your yard and you won’t need to iron it after it gets dry. And my mother is from Siberia, but now living in Ukraine will never refuse a fresh winter smell of bedsheets after she takes it off the rope and brings inside the house.
Those are some reasons why Ukrainians don’t use automatic dryer, to many foreigners they might seem weird, but it’s obviously a different culture, a different way of thinking.The tricky thing is you won’t even find any automatic dryer in Ukrainians hostels, just washing machines. Their owners, of course, try to save some money not consuming more electricity. As to the hotels in Ukraine, they usually provide washing and drying services, so you won’t need to worry about it.
But don’t be in despair if you can’t do without automatic dryer and it really matters to you, you can find such service in any Ukrainian laundromat, where your clothes will be cleaned, washed and dried properly.