Multicultural Methods: Washing Up Around the World

by Corey · 6 comments

QUESTION #1: What do you use these for?

  1. Washing the dishes.
  2. Washing the stove and countertops.
  3. Washing the bathtub, bathroom sink and toilet.
  4. Washing the floor.
  5. All of the above.
  6. I don’t use those at all.
  7. I use it for _____________.

QUESTION #2: What do you use this or…

…these for?

  1. The dishes.
  2. The toilet.
  3. The floor.
  4. The pavement outside.
  5. All of the above.
  6. I don’t use it for anything.
  7. I use it for _____________.

Please leave your response in the comments below. Feel free to elaborate as much as you want! And tell us which culture/country you are talking about so that we can link your response with your culture.

Stay tuned, we’ll have more Multicultural Methods every few weeks! Send us an email if you have a suggestion for a future one!

Photo credits: Horia Varlan (sponges), Muffet (first brush) and s2art (second photo of brushes).

Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine. Multilingual Living is the place where she shares her knowledge about raising multilingual and multicultural children. Corey, an American, and her German husband live in Seattle where they raise and homeschool their three children, ages 15, 14 and 12, in German and English.

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1 Karolena May 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The first picture, 1 for washing dishes, and the second picture 2, the toilet. I’m from Texas!


2 Amanda Kendle May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

For me (from Australia): the first, the dishes and cleaning benches etc. And the second, top one for the toilet and bottom one for stubborn saucepans!

Great idea for a series! My (German) husband and I (I’m Australian) are often surprised at how many little things are different (and these “little things” can lead to big arguments if we’re both in the wrong mood!).


3 Flo May 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I am from France and live in the US.
#1, for washing dishes, the stove, countertops or the bathroom sink.
#2, top one for the toilet. Bottom one: I don’t use it for anything.


4 Wakako May 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Hi. I’m a Japanese mom living in South Korea.
I use;
#1 for the dishes, #2 for the toilet bowl, and #3 for washing shoes (very useful)
My son used to use;
#1 for playing such as sponge stacking, making sponge stamps.


5 Tracey May 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

The sponge I use here in Bolivia for dishes, toilet seat and shower walls. I never used them in NZ. The first scrubbing brush looks like the one I use for the toilet in both countries. The other scrubbing brushes look like what I used for dishes in NZ and tried here but they only last a week or so, so are not worth it in Bolivia.


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