Dhobi is Different


Laundry tip from Stephen.

In India, most laundry is sent out to the Dhobis to take care of. The process that the laundry goes through is quite different than in the west. Here each piece is subjected to a brutal beating, as opposed to being put into a machine. Because of this beating (followed by hang-drying) completely different physical forces act on one’s clothes. In the west, I would notice that things (t-shirts in particular) would get smaller after several wash/dry cycles. Here the opposite is true. I just bought a couple of t-shirts, and after two washings, they are rather large on me. So instead of buying larger items expecting them to shrink, one should buy smaller items expecting them to grow.


  1. tlitten says:

    Are you sure you’re not shrinking?