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Washing, drying and ironing clothes

air

verb

if you air clothes, sheets etc or they air, you put them in warm or moving air until they are completely dry and smell clean

boil

verb

to wash clothes in water that is boiling

come off

if something such as dirt or paint comes off something, it is removed by washing or rubbing

come out

to be removed from something such as clothing or cloth by washing or rubbing

dhobi

noun

someone whose job is to wash clothes

drip-dry

verb

to hang up clothes when they are wet so that you do not need to iron them, or to dry in this way

dry-clean

verb

to clean clothes using chemicals rather than water

dry cleaner’s

noun

a shop where you take your clothes to be dry-cleaned

hang out

to hang wet clothes outside to dry

hang up

to hang a piece of clothing on something

iron

verb

to push a heated iron across cloth or clothes to make them smooth

ironing

noun

the job of making clothes smooth with an iron

ironing

noun

clothes that must be made smooth with an iron

iron-on

adjective

intended to be stuck to clothing using the heat from an iron

launder

verb

to wash and iron clothes

launderette

noun

a place where people go to wash clothes in machines that they pay to use

Laundromat

a launderette

laundry

noun

dirty clothes that you are washing, or clean clothes that have just been washed

laundry

noun

a business that washes and irons clothes

load

noun

a quantity of clothes that you put in a washing machine

peg out

to fasten wet clothes on a line to dry

press

noun

an act of making clothes smooth with an iron

press

verb

to make clothes smooth using a hot iron

put the washing out

to hang clothes outside to dry after you have washed them

spin

verb

when a washing machine spins, it squeezes water out of the clothes by turning the drum round and round quickly

wash out

if a substance washes out of cloth, it can be removed by washing

the wash

noun

clothes that are being washed, or the process of washing clothes

washable

adjective

a liquid such as paint or ink that is washable can be removed from cloth when it is washed

washday

noun

the day of the week when you regularly wash your clothes

washing

noun

clothes that need to be washed

washing day

noun

washday

waterproof

verb

to make clothes or other things waterproof

the cleaners

a place where you can get clothes, curtains etc dry-cleaned (=cleaned with chemicals, not soap and water)

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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