Apartment Life: Developing a Laundromat Routine

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Apartment Life: Developing a Laundromat Routine

Staff Writer · Apr 26, 2010

Apartment life may not provide you with a washer and dryer inside your unit. While you could take your towels, sheets and clothing to the cleaners, this is often quite expensive. It is easier and cheaper to take your dirty items to a Laundromat. Prior to making your first trip, however, you should create a plan for your time there. This will cut down the time you spend there and ensure that everything gets washed appropriately.

Pick a Time

Laundromats can be open twenty-four hours a day, but this does not mean you should plan on going at two o’clock in the morning. With a close eye on your schedule, pick a time in which you have nothing scheduled for several hours and which you anticipate the Laundromat will be the least in use by other patrons. Typically, early Saturday or Sunday mornings and weekend nights are the times when the Laundromat will be mostly vacant, meaning that the most machines will be open for your use. At the beginning, you may need to try several different times to see which works best.

Gather Supplies

While a Laundromat will offer soap and fabric softener for sale, usually they are priced quite high and are very small. It is cheaper to purchase your own soap and softener and bring it with you. This way, furthermore, you avoid the problem of having to use a soap you are not familiar with and could be allergic to or that could ruin your clothing.

Other supplies you will need will be baskets or bags to bring your clean clothing home. To avoid wrinkles, you should fold your clothing after taking them out of the dryer. Do not plan, therefore, on being able to just shove them back into the bag because doing so will ruin your work of folding them. Bring with a laundry basket in which to place your folded, clean clothing.

Do as Much Laundry as Possible at Once

Because Laundromats have several machines, there is no point to you not using as many as you need at the same time. While it may be considerate to leave at least one washing machine open for another patron, try to use as many machines as you can to cut down on the amount of time the task will take.

By dividing your clothing into the piles you wish to wash them in, such as by color or fabric, you will know how many machines you need.

Leave the Air-Drying Until Last

You may have certain items that you prefer to let air-dry. These items should be left until the very end so you can stretch them flat to dry at home. The Laundromat could have dust or other dirt in the air that will settle on your clothing if they are left out for a long period of time. More so, though, there may not be an appropriate and clean place for you to place these pieces prior to leaving.

Creating a routine for your visit to the Laundromat will significantly cut down on the amount of time you spend there and ensure that all of your clothing is appropriately cleaned. The key to a successful Laundromat visit is to be prepared and plan out the order of your wash.

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