Washing clothes is different here in California compared to Northern Ireland.
Washing machines are much bigger here. You can put a lot more clothes in for a given wash.
They use a lot more water too (at least, I think they do), which is odd for a country where you have to pay through the nose for water.
Washing machines here in California don't heat water on the fly: they just assume you have a constant supply of hot water. In the UK, all new washing machines are cold fill: it's basically impossible now to buy a dual-fill washing machine. (Which is annoying if you have solar hot water!)
And they're much quicker: a wash here takes less than an hour. Maybe a lot less. Washing machines in NI will run for, like, three hours if you let them.
And I don't know if it's the washing powder or the time taken, but washing machines here just don't get clothes as clean as they do at home.
I miss our washing machine in Dromara.