How to Wash Clothes at the Laundromat Like a Pro

Do you dread your weekly trip to the laundromat? Don’t stress! Washing your clothes doesn’t have to be such a chore. Here are a few helpful hints to make the process of washing your clothes in a laundromat environment a lot easier.

It may not seem like it but washing your clothes at a laundromat can actually save you a lot of time compared to washing at home or an apartment complex.

At a laundromat, you can wash several loads at once as long as there are machines available. At home or in an apartment complex, you’re limited to one machine or two if you’re lucky.

All it takes to enhance your laundromat washing experience is a little planning ahead of time and a basic understanding of laundromat etiquette.

First, let’s get ready for your trip to your local laundromat.

At Home

Before you head to the laundromat, take a few minutes to prepare your laundry loads for their bath.

First, sort your clothes into manageable loads. Laundry machines can only wash so many clothes at once. If you plan on washing your clothes with warm to hot water, sort your laundry into separate piles for whites, bright colors, and dark colors. You can keep the loads separate by stuffing them into pillowcases or into inexpensive mesh laundry bags.

Second, make sure you have enough detergent, bleach, and softener before heading out the door. Even better, check your levels after each trip to the laundromat. That way you have enough time to pick up more at the store before your next laundry day.

Third, set aside enough money for the washing machines. If the machines at your neighborhood laundromat take coins, bring enough quarters to handle all your loads. If you’re laundromat has a coin machine or is on a card system, bring a ten or twenty-dollar bill along.

At the Laundromat

Once you’ve arrived at the laundromat, follow these simple tips to make the whole washing experience as smooth as possible, especially during laundry rush hours.

Claim your washing machines as soon as you walk in the door, even if you need to put money on your card or get change. If you separate your laundry into loads beforehand, all you need to do is plop the load on an available washing machine. According to laundromat etiquette, that machine is yours.

Follow the instructions on the washing machine. If you’ve never used a particular washing machine before, take a few minutes to review the instructions on the inside of the lid. This simple step will ensure you get the best results for your money.

Choose the right temperature setting for each load. Different loads require different temperature settings. So before you start the wash, make sure it’s set to the correct temperature. If you don’t know which temperature is the right one for your load, ask the attendant.

Don’t leave your clothes unattended. It’s tempting to run a few errands while your laundry is in the wash, but you should never leave your clothes unattended at the laundromat. Leaving your clothes in a washing machine after the load is done wastes everybody’s time.

Washing Clothes at the Laundromat Is Easy!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our how-to guide to washing clothes at the laundromat. If you happen to stop by one of our affiliated laundromats in New Jersey, don’t hesitate to ask the attendant on duty for any specific tips for washing clothes at their laundromat.

In our next post, we’ll walk you through the process of drying clothes effectively in a laundromat environment. See you next time!