The utility room vocabulary
The utility room
A utility room (US also Laundry Room) is a small room in a house that contains appliances for cleaning and ironing.
a powder or liquid that is used to remove dirt from clothes, dishes, etc.
- a packet of detergent
an electric machine that is used to wash clothes in
- Did you load the washing machine?
a flat container with a short handle that you put on the floor and sweep dirt and dust into it
- He used a dustpan and brush for cleaning up the broken glass.
American English also: Pail
an open container with a handle, often used for holding or carrying water; the amount a bucket can contain
- to fill a bucket with water
- three buckets of water
an electrical machine that sucks up dust and small particles from floors, carpets, etc.
- Replace the vacuum cleaner bag on a regular basis.
a tool consisting of a mass of thick strings or soft material attached to a long handle, used for washing floors
- He took the mop and a bucket of soapy water and started to wipe the floor.
a brush with long handle that is used for sweeping something from floors
- She grabbed the broom and swept the kitchen.
a tool consisting of a handle and flat metal base that is heated with electricity and used to make clothes smooth
- a steam iron
a long narrow table with folding legs, on which you can iron clothes
- He laid the shirt flat on the ironing board and tried to iron out the wrinkles.
American English: Clothespin
a wooden or plastic object that you use to fasten washing to a clothesline
- Don’t leave the clothes pegs on the line.
a soft cloth that is used for removing dust from surfaces
- Use that duster to wipe the table.
American English: Faucet
a device that you can open and close to control the flow of water from a pipe
- The hot/cold tap [=faucet]
- Turn the tap [=faucet] on/off