tips, tricks and hints for dealing with laundromats?

United States
July 31, 2009 4:21pm CST
Anyone else out there have to go to a laundromat to do their washing? I live in an apartment and we are not allowed to have a washer in our apartment (due to high risk of water damage etc.) My landlord has put in a small laundry room with one each of a cin operated washer and dryer. This is nice, as i don't have to cart all my wash down to the laundromat all the time anymore. Though i must admit, sometimes i miss making that trip. It was nice to be able to get all my laundry done at once, as i could use many washers and dryers, instead of having to wait for the dryer everytime to start another load. I also like the capacity of the washers and dryers at the laundromat, it made washing bedding and large loads of towels so much easier (and probably cost me less in the long run, as one cycle of the dryer would get them dry, and in the small, regular sized washer/dryer my landlord installed are regular sized and often times take two run throughs to get comforters and blankets dry. I have found a couple of products that really eased someof the hassel of having to cart all of your soaps and what not with you. I totally fell in love with Dropps laundry soap. You purchase a box of little single use packets of laundry soap, you just drop one in the washer and they "plasticy" type packaging material just dissolves away in the water, administering the perfect amout of detergent for one load of laundry. The best part...no having to measure laundry soap or lug the big jug down to the laundromat with you (and having it leak all over in your car if it tips over!!) I was using these quite frequently, until Purell came out with their new product that i like even better. I can't remember the name of them, but it is basicly a box of super thick dryer-sheet type sheets that are infused with laundry detergent AND fabric softener. You just put one sheet in the wash under where the water comes out in the washer and the soap will disolve into the washer as it fills. After the washer is done, you toss the whole load, sheet and all into the dryer, and at the end of the sheet there is a fabric softener strip that is activated to release by the heat of the dryer. Talk about a time saver...and not having to rembmerthe dryer sheets as well! Anyone else out there have any tips, tricks or hints to make trips to the laundromat little easier? please share!
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@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
1 Aug 09
I have gone to the laundromat with other people before to make their time there less boring. However, I may soon have to go with my own laundry as our washing machine is currently broken. It's been over a week and soon I am going to run out of clothes to wear. But the problem around here is finding one. Due to the economy a lot of them have shut down. Or they shut down earlier and I didn't notice since I don't go. But I may have to drive 15 miles away and just go to one if I run out of clean clothes to wear.
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• United States
1 Aug 09
Wow, that would really make doing laundry a hassle. Luckily in my area we have either two or three laundromats (i forget..) And they both keep relativly late hours (until at least 9 am). Hope you can get your washer fixed soon! or else you may have to resort to washing them the old fashioned way, with elbow grease in your bathtub!
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Thanks for the best response! We finally got our washing machine fixed. And then the dryer broke! It's like you can't win sometimes. But at least this isn't as bad, we have plenty of places to hang dry clothes.