Though you might not admit that you haven’t had to do laundry on your own before, you’re going to need this friendly advice to go to class smelling clean and fresh. Even if you’ve been doing your laundry at home for awhile now, it’s a whole new ball of clothespins to get your clothes clean when you’re sharing a laundry facility. Here’s a great guide to doing it right on campus:
At minimum, you’re going to need some detergent. It will be a heck of a lot easier if you also have a laundry bag or basket to haul it all down to the laundry room. Depending upon how much of a trek it is to get there, it may help you to pour some detergent into a smaller container so it’s not too heavy for you to carry along with all your clothes. Besides, you probably need to use less (a lot less!) than you think you do.
Choose the right time
If it’s possible, use the facility on an off-day or during slow times. Otherwise you might have to wait for an open washing machine. Seriously, you might have to wait for awhile! It also helps to launder more often, and more regularly. If you’re washing your laundry at least once a week, you’re less likely to let it all pile up. This inevitably leads to more loads being done on the most popular days and times because you didn’t plan ahead.
Collect your coins
It may be a shocker, but doing your laundry is no longer free, folks. Except those few times you give up your freedom to visit home. Until then, gather your quarters and bring ‘em with you. Some facilities will also offer cash-free payment systems, where you can use a prepaid laundry card, or credit/debit card.
Separate the items
There’s lots of ways to do this, but probably the best way is by color. Keep your darks away from your lights, because those deep reds and purples are the culprits of many previously-white but now-tinted items. Anything that is delicate should go in a cold wash, and bedding and towels should go in a hot wash, so it also makes sense to separate by washing temperature or cycle type. And, if you don’t want it to shrink or fade, cold is best.
Load and start cycle
Don’t overload the machine, because this won’t allow it to wash your load completely, which will cause you to have to wash the clothes again. Or they may get over-soaked from improper draining, so you have to dry them on a second cycle. It’s better to err on a smaller load size. Make sure to pick the right temperature and size setting for the load. And, again, don’t use too much detergent… and some things should be hung to dry, so look at the clothing tags if you’re unsure whether it should even go in the washer or dryer.
The reason you’re seeing so many wrinkly shirts around campus is because they didn’t fold their laundry right after it got done. Don’t wait. Just don’t. You’ll look like a sloppy amatuer. And use the iron and ironing board for cotton items that need that firm heat to get out the crinkles.
Listen, it’s just not cool to hoard the equipment or leave a load in the machine for hours. Set an alarm on your phone, or use a web app if they have one, to check it. Or else someone may just throw your load in the corner of the laundry room, and you might end up needing to rewash it.
Compared to homework, doing laundry isn’t too bad of a chore, as long as you’re prepared and keep to a system regularly. If you have any questions about how to use your facility’s equipment, visit us online. You’ll find more laundry tips, payment options, and equipment instructions at CoinMeter.com.