I am blessed with 1) a washer and dryer in my home and 2) a house that is large enough to accommodate a washer and dryer. So please know that I am writing this from the perspective of a person (ie: me) who doesn’t have to use the laundromat very often. Thankfully.
I am admittedly not a huge fan of the laundromat. Honestly, I see it as a hassle and something that disrupts my daily life. And it’s just hard logistically. For those of you who frequent the laundromat on a weekly basis, you have my respect as it’s not easy to manage at times.
If you have a washer and dryer in-house, why would you need to go to the laundromat?
– your washer or dryer is broken
– you are on vacation and must have clean clothes
– every article of clothing your family owns is dirty and you need it washed quickly
In my experience, there are a few things you can do to make the whole experience easier:
- Gather up every article of clothing that could possibly be dirty.
If it is going to be awhile until you are able to wash clothes again, add everything that could even be remotely dirty to the pile. If you are going to go to the trouble of washing at the laundromat, you may as well get it all clean!
- Sort your clothes before going to the laundromat.
This is such a vital step. Laundromats are not necessarily the cleanest places in town, and you don’t want to sort your big piles of clothes on their floor. Bleh. And if you sort at home, it is an enormous time saver. The laundromat process goes so much smoother when you can streamline it as much as possible.
Sort clothes into as many washer loads as it takes and then transport them all separately in trash bags, laundry baskets, or whatever you’ve got available.
- Treat all known clothing stains at home.
By treating stains at home, it gives the stain remover longer to work. Also, you don’t have to lug another bottle with you. Which leads to…
- Ensure you’ve packed all of your detergents, laundry boosters, etc.
The mark-up on those little boxes of Tide in the laundromat are ridiculous. It is so much cheaper to buy laundry detergent on sale and take it with you!
- Change your bills for quarters before you get to the laundromat.
Don’t depend on the laundromat’s change machine to work. Stop at a convenience store on the way – trust me. It is no fun to haul all of the laundry inside the laundromat along with small children, only to find out that the change machine doesn’t work and you must go elsewhere. No fun.
- If you are taking your children, bring plenty of things for them to do.
Sometimes the television at the laundromat can’t be turned off or there are things going on I’d just rather them not see. So I make sure I have an overabundance of interesting things to hold their attention: new stickers, Memory, snacks & drinks, books, baby toys.
- Also if you’re taking children, allow them to help you.
If they are old enough, allow them to put the detergent in the machine, or drop in the quarters, or fold the clothes once they are dry. Again, anything to keep their attention with me and not on…other things.
- Go ahead and dry your clothes there also.
If you are at the laundromat only because your washer is broken, do not make the mistake that I did and bring all of those wet clothes home to dry. It took forever to dry all of those loads of clothes and it was way too hard to physically carry 5 baskets of laundry. Wet laundry. The financial savings was totally not worth it and I’ll never make that mistake again.
Do you battle the laundromat very often? Do you have any tips that make your laundromat experience go smoother? Share them in the comments!