Laundry day is never fun, unless you get a thrill out of lugging your dirty things to the nearest washer and dryer, and assuming you’re like the majority of the apartment population, feeding quarter after quarter into the machines. Four years with community laundering and I’ve learned a few tricks that make a big difference in the way my things get cleaned.
1. Learn what fits in a load
It’s a common misconception that a larger dose of detergent will make your clothes more clean, but a full washer and extra soap will just leave your clothes sudsy. A three-quarters full washer with the correct amount of detergent will wash and rinse your clothes thoroughly. Combine your household linens appropriately to increase your efficiency, and don’t try to force all of your bedding at once just because it makes sense. I wash my bedspread and kitchen rug together, because it fits together well and they can both be bleached.
2. Make it portable
Whether you have to take your laundry across your building or to a laundromat, you still have to get your clothes, detergent, and quarters to the facilities. Laundry bags are less expensive than baskets, and getting one that has a pouch on the outside will help you get everything from point A to point B. I’m a fan of buying things in bulk that I know won’t go bad and I will use (like toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, and batteries), but a huge jug of laundry detergent is nothing but heavy. Tide Pods with Febreze combine detergent, fresh scent, brightener, and stain remover into a little pouch, so they are easy to carry. To buy detergent, brightener, and stain remover separately is also more expensive, since a Tide Pod purchased in bulk ends up being about 25 cents a load (also the stain remover really works. I embarrassingly had a curry stain on a tank top for months despite using other stain removers, but after one Tide Pod, it’s gone. I’ve been converted).
3. Practice etiquette
Being a responsible community launderer means having manners and leading by example. If someone else is mid-laundering in your complex, it’s fair to wait 15 minutes before trying to take over the machine. Most laundromats have their own similar policies. Likewise, set a timer on your phone for how long your load takes, and be prompt about freeing up the facilities. Clean the lint catch before you go, and check for any straggling items like a quarter or lone sock.
Thank you Tide and Influenster for providing us with Tide Pods with Febreze.