Necessary Things Come in Small Pouches

Day 004 – July 26, 2011

When last we left our hero, the phone was out. This morning, it was working again. With that problem dutifully resolved by ignoring it, it was time to do the laundry.

The process in your house may vary slightly, but here in our casa, I separate the dirty clothes into three piles: whites, grays (or light colors), and dark colors. Whites go in hot water, grays in warm, and darks in cold. It’s an easy system to remember and all should go well.

However, this wouldn’t be much of a story if all went according to plan.

Whites were first up on the menu and, following my normal process, I turned the water selection knob to “hot” (and, yes, the labels on our washing machine and dryer are all in English, as opposed to our microwave…go figure) and…

Picture of Glacier Bay

What our washer thinks is hot water

…nothing but cold water came out.

It appears that our issue with the showers has made its way to our washing machine. However, before I threw up my hands in frustration, I decided to experiment. I turned the water selection from “hot” to “cold”, and lo and behold,…

Picture of boiling water

What "cold" means to our washer...minus the pasta

…hot water came out. Yes, it appears that the hoses of our washing machine have been crossed. Now, if I had any handyman-blood in me, I would fix this discrepancy with my complete set of tools. However, since I don’t, I simply remember to turn the knob to the opposite of what I want. Thankfully, “warm” is still “warm”.

Another item I had become accustomed to is how laundry detergent is bought. In the States, I am used to buying detergent that is either liquid or powder. In either form, my clothes-cleaner of choice comes in giant, ridiculously large sizes.

Here in Peru, detergent is sold in pouches in powder form. Yes, little tiny bags of detergent. The sizes that we have been buying are 720 grams (25 ounces) in weight. That gives us about 12 loads of wash.

Guess what else come in pouches?

Pouches of milk

In a pinch, these can be used in lieu of water balloons

That’s right…milk. This beverage of choice comes in squishy pouches that can be difficult to keep a hold of. Besides transporting them, these pouches provide another issue that needs to be dealt with. With gallon jugs of milk, any used portion can simply be left in the container and stopped up. That cannot be used here as once a pouch is opened, there is no way (short of tape, I suppose) to close it up. However, where these is a problem (unless it involves switching the pipes of a washing machine), my lovely wife has the solution.

Picture of pouches of milk and a carafe

Carafe - French for "problem solver"

A simple one-liter carafe solves the issue. We open the pouch of milk and pour the contents inside the carafe.

Other things that come in pouches include ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, toothpaste, salsa, and dish soap.

The Pouch Manufacturers Association must wield some heavy clout here in Peru.


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Posted on September 19, 2011, in Difference, Peru and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Toothpaste in a pouch (even a tiny one) is just wrong. Yuck.

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