Friday, 20 October 2017

Swedish wash bag

Self-service laundry in Malaysia has been in the news for the past few weeks. A laundry operator in Muar decided to cater his business to Muslim customers only. Somebody picked this piece of news and decided it is worth spreading, or to use the latest cliche, to viral it. It became a source of debate between Muslims and caused some degree of animosity. Which sadly to me, is a bit of pity.

Anyway, this post is not about that issue although I admit that it's worth an in-depth discussion at another time. I'm posting a simple observation of a laundry I frequent when I stay at my brother-in-law's house in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam.

What I've seen is that the majority of customers bring their dirty laundry in those unmistakable blue over-sized Ikea shopping bags. I'm guessing that this observation would hold true at other self-service wash stations in Klang Valley. You can't fault the Swedish furniture maker for producing a truly versatile bag.

Such a scene is not yet evident in laundromats in Johor Bahru. But with Ikea opening a new store in Tebrau sometime next month, it wouldn't be surprising to see more JB folks using those familiar blue bags to haul their laundry.

Swedish laundry bags in blue

Tie the bag handles to the washer door

2 comments:

mamasita said...

Probably these light bags can accomodate more dirty clothes and if wet, it won't leak.
These handy bags are also washable.
Ikea should thank the users for indirectly promoting them. hehe

We all just put in our black/blue/green plastic bags.
Then the clean laundry goes into the our laundry baskets.

But we do not discard our used plastic bags.
Unless it gets torn, we bring it home and reuse as rubbish bags before it gets thrown away.

Oldstock said...

Salam mamasita,

Self-service laundry is relatively new in Malaysia. I had my first experience of coin-operated laundry while as a student in UK in the early '80s. At that time, I used the black plastic rubbish bags as our clothes carrier (as did most of the other students).

I guess those Ikea bags are convenient because they are large, leak-proof and foldable.