Doing laundry is my favorite pastime activity! – said no one ever. Besides finding time to gather all the clothes and go to the public laundry room or laundromat, other people represent a challenge since not everyone is considerate. Some people don’t really care about the fact that somebody else will be using the machine after them, so they leave a mess, something dirty behind or don’t report an issue with one of the machines.
As we are all painfully aware, we cannot change other people, but we can change our perception, so with that in mind, here are 4 tips to save you time and make each trip to the laundromat as stress-free as possible.
Save time by sorting at home
If you sort your laundry at home before you go to the laundromat, you will be able to choose the available machine right away. Also, unless you live somewhere where people are exceptionally tolerant, such as Canada, by performing this preparation, you will avoid a series of eye-rolling and sighs when you don’t load your laundry right away.
As for the process, you can separate your clothes in pillowcases or just place them in different bags, whatever you find easier to carry. Also, don’t forget to check your pockets and shake your clothes and hamper since you might have misplaced your credit card or an important piece of paper. You don’t want to color your white T-shirt pink with a stray red sock stuck in your pocket.
Check the machine before washing
The place may look spotless, but you never know if they had time to check each machine or whether the person before you picked up everything after they were finished. You don’t want to start the cycle and notice that an open tube of lip gloss is floating around together with your clothes, giving them a shimmering orange color.
Also, you might find some sticky residue from detergent, or in the worst-case scenario, bleach residue which might damage your clothes. If you notice any malfunction, be a good Samaritan and report it so that other people’s clothes don’t get destroyed. And last but not the least, double-check the program because you might have forgotten to adjust it and might end up washing some of your more sensitive clothing items at a program more suitable for a dirty football jersey.
Opt for eco-friendly laundromats
If you are mindful of the environment, this choice is essential to you, having in mind that certain types waste massive amounts of water. In developed countries, such as Australia, for example, you can find environmentally friendly washing and drying machines in most cities. For example, in Sydney, you can head to a laundromat in Randwick and spend a pleasant hour watching TV or using the free Wi-Fi while your laundry is washed in a machine which spends only a modicum of energy and water of smaller domestic machines.
Although each laundromat offers detergents, if you are not certain about the chemicals in them, you might want to make your own detergent. Alternatively, you can be direct and ask personnel to give you the details of what you would be using if you opt for their detergent.
Prepare before the dryer
Just as with the washing machines, make sure that the interior is clean so as to avoid uncomfortable surprises and having to wash everything again. Also, don’t play around with temperature settings no matter how much rush you are in – if you don’t want to go home with crispy underwear, stick to medium.
What can actually save you time is the size of the dryer since commercial dryers, being larger than domestic ones, can usually take two loads instead of one. To prevent wrinkles as much as you can, make sure you give each piece of clothes a shake and also, avoid opening the machine if you forgot to add something since the machine loses heat and you will lose time.
To sum up, going to the laundromat doesn’t have to be a tedious experience if you are prepared, and especially if the place has free Wi-Fi or a TV.