If you are used to doing laundry either at home or in a small, shared laundry facility in your apartment building, going to the laundromat can be a big change of pace. It's not terribly difficult to do laundry at a laundromat. However, you may benefit from a few tips the first couple of times you visit.
Check for bleach before putting your clothes in a washer.
Some laundromats do not allow customers to use bleach in the washers, and others do. If the laundromat you're visiting allows bleach, you'll want to check the machines for residue before putting your clothes in. This approach will help you avoid bleach spots. Some people check by just sticking their head inside the washer and smelling; you'll usually smell bleach if any is present. You could also wipe the machine down with a damp, white towel. This way, if there is any bleach, you'll wipe it up.
Bring laundry pods.
Measuring laundry detergent into washing machines at the laundromat can be a bit cumbersome. You have to lug in your whole, heavy bottle and figure out where to put it in each washer. Using laundry pods tends to be a much easier approach. They are pre-measured, usually contain both detergent and fabric softener, and can be tossed into the washing machine right along with your clothing.
Empty the lint trap before using the dryer.
Not every customer will remember to empty the lint trap before drying clothes. And if the dryers get a lot of use, the staff emptying the lint traps once a day may not be enough. So, it is a good idea to empty the lint trap before putting your clothing in a dryer. Doing so will help your clothing dry faster so you don't have to extend the cycle again and again.
Plan on folding clothes at the laundromat.
If you dry your clothes and then shove them in a bag to take them home, many will be wrinkled by the time you get home. So, it is often best to plan on folding your clothes at the laundromat while they are still warm from the dryer. Most laundromats have folding tables you can use.
With the tips above, you should have a good experience at the laundromat. Once you visit a couple of times, you will build your own routine, and things will start to come more naturally.
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