Kanji Cheat Sheet: Washers and Dryers
Know the right buttons!
Whether you have a separate washing machine and dryer, a combined unit, or just a washer, these appliances can be difficult to master in Japan, where the controls are almost always in Japanese only. To ease frustration and help you get your laundry done right in no time, check out the following list of characters that are commonly found on these machines.
Washing Machine and Dryer Kanji and Kana
柔軟剤 fabric softener
洗濯コース washing course
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
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
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 a list of additional kanji that are useful when operating general appliances, click here. To learn how to operate your Japanese air conditioning unit, click here. And for a list of kanji and kana that appear on Japanese microwave ovens, click here.
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