Ask around for someone to wash your clothing—nearly every
Gambian has a mother/sister/aunt/wife that will do your laundry
each week, for a small fee. You usually will have to buy soap
from a local shop to hand over with your load. The price for
a laundry load of about a dozen pieces, including socks, should
be around £1.50, and includes hand washing, air drying,
and ironing. You will have to wash underwear and bras on you
own—a good place to do this is in your bathroom sink, the
larger bathroom sink at the end of your hall, or a bucket
bought from the market. Clothesline and clothespins can also
be bought from the market or most supermarkets.
Before someone washes you laundry by hand do ask
them whether they will wash your underwear. The
reason is that some washerwomen don't do this out
of tribal beliefs. This should not be a problem
in many of the larger tourist hotels
as they tend to use industrial washing machines,
sub-contract the work or staff you are prepared
to do this.
Women who wash your clothes and other chores are
called Mbindan, or specifically faoutcat.
When you want your clothes washed you say "Dama
booga faout suma yere yi".