Quick Summary If you want to dry clothes quickly without a dryer, wring out the excess water with your hands or by using the high-spin setting on your washing machine. This may stretch and damage the fabric, rendering the garment unwearable.
Follow these steps and you'll be washing and drying wiz in no time. Sort your clothes into piles. When washing clothes, there are two main things to keep in mind: Not all fabrics can handle the same amount of water pressure or level of tumbling. Separate light and dark-colored clothes. When you wash your clothes, especially new clothes, some of the dye used on the fabric will run out of the clothes that's why older clothes have a more faded color than bright, new clothes.
Separate your clothes based on the fabrics they are made out of. Some fabrics, like denim or thick cloth like a towel need to be washed on a heavier wash cycle than your silky lingerie which gets washed on a delicate setting. You should separate your clothes by the sort of wash cycle their fabrics are meant to be washed in. When in doubt about how to wash an item, check the tag. The care tags tell you what fabric the item is made of, how it should be washed, and how it should be dried.
Some clothes need to be dry cleaned or washed by hand see Method Two for how to do this. The care tag will tell you if either of these things are necessary. Know what water temperature to select. Washing machines have different temperature settings because some fabrics and colors require different levels of heat to be washed thoroughly.
Use hot water for light colors, particularly light colors that are especially dirty. The heat will scald the stains right out of those white items. Cotton items should also be washed in cold water as they are less likely to shrink in cold water.
Know what size load to select. Most washing machines have a knob that you must turn to select the right size load for the amount of clothing you have generally either small, medium or large. If your clothes fill up one-third of the machine, you should select small. Two-thirds of the machine means you should select medium, and if you fill up the whole machine, you should select large.
Never squish clothes down so that you can fit more in. You should just run another load with your extra clothes or else you could risk jamming the machine or damaging it in some other way.
Know what washing cycle to select. As with temperature, washing machines also have different types of cycles, as different kinds of clothing require a different level of washing. Select this when washing white clothes. It will leave your white items crisp and fresh.
Use this for your colored clothes. This cycle washes with warm water and ends with cooler water, which keeps your colors looking bright. As you might guess, anything that is relatively delicate bras, dry-fit wear, cotton sweaters, dress shirts, etc. Always make sure that your delicates do not require you to dry-clean or hand wash them check the tag to make sure. Add the right kind of washing fluid and close the door.
Washing fluid includes detergent, bleach, and fabric softener. The amount of detergent you put in your washing machine is determined by how large your load is. Generally, detergent lids act as cups that have marked off amounts. Bleach is used when you want to get tough stains out of clothes, or you want your whites to be really, really white.
There are two kinds of bleach. Chlorine bleach is good for really making your whites white but should never be used on any colored fabric. All-fabric bleach can be used on colored fabrics. Fabric softener can be added during the rinse cycle. Some machines have a dispenser where you can pour the softener when you begin the wash cycle, and it will add it to the rinse cycle at the right time. Move your clothes to the dryer and select the right cycle. Keep in mind that there are some clothes that should be air dried.
Check the tag--if it says not to dry it, hang these items somewhere they can dry. Like the washing machine, the dryer also has settings that you have to wade through to dry your clothes. Add a dryer sheet and close the door. White clothes are generally pre-shrunk and can handle the more intense and higher heat drying system unlike colors which fade under high heat. This is better for regular colored clothes. Any clothes that you washed on the delicate setting should be dried on the delicate setting.
This setting uses close to room temperature air and slow cycle so that no damage comes to your delicates. Fill a bucket with water. Generally you want a large bucket roughly five gallons filled with one to two gallons of water. If you do not have a bucket, you can use a plugged sink. Make sure the sink is fully plugged and then fill the sink with warm water. Add a mild detergent. This is not the same kind of detergent you would use in a washer machine. Regular detergent is too concentrated and will make your hand-wash only clothes feel grimy.
You can purchase delicate detergent in the same isle as regular detergent in your grocery store--just make sure it says mild or delicate on the bottle. Dip your clothes in the water. Swish them through the water so that they are fully saturated. You can even let them sit for several moments so that they fully absorb the detergent.
You should rinse your clothes with warm, clean water. You can run your clothes one at a time under the faucet you used to fill up the bucket or the sink. Rinse the clothes until they are no longer sudsy and the water that runs off them is clean and without bubbles. Let your clothes air dry. You should not hang these clothes to dry, as hanging them could cause them to stretch. Instead, lay these delicate clothes flat to dry.
This will ensure that they do not stretch, and will minimize the amount of wrinkles formed in the drying process. Water will help dilute the stain. Add a little amount of detergent, and let it soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the stain. When I talk about laundromats, I'm including the ones offered by apartment complexes, as well as commercial ones. They are small businesses owned by someone who provides several machines to wash and dry clothes, for which they charge you money.
In addition to washers and dryers, laundromats usually have money-changing and soap dispenser machines, and usually a place to sit. Which one you choose to use will depend, not just on the machines, but also on what's outside. The laundromat I frequent now has 15 top loading washers, 10 front loading washers, and 30 dryers. It has a money changing machine, a soap vending machine, a sink, lots of mobile laundry baskets, long counters, and three wobbly benches.
Across the street there's a bakery with good coffee, home baked pastries, and WiFi. Next door is an Armenian market that also sells organic food.
It takes me 15 minutes to walk from my home to the laundromat. The laundromat I used before this had only three washers and three dryers. It was located on the ground floor by the parking garage of my 30 apartment complex. You had to time it just right to get there when no one else was using it. There was no place to sit and no counter to fold your clothes, but it was easily accessible from my apartment on the third floor. Many people would prefer that one, because it's close to home.
I like the one I'm using now. Your parents and friends have no doubt already told you why you should never use a laundromat. Here are some of the reasons why using one actually makes sense:.
You can make friends there——A guy introduced himself at the first laundromat I ever went to. When we discovered we lived near each other, he invited me over to listen to his sound system. One day, when I was walking past his house from the bus stop, he invited me in to meet his wife and kids.
She and I subsequently became best friends. You can meet friends there——I've run into friends several times where I go now. Twice it was people I knew from work, and last time it was a fellow political activist I know. If you have a friend who uses a laundromat, there's nothing to stop you from arranging to wash your clothes there at the same time they do, so you can hang out.
You can combine tasks——If choose a safe place and drive there, you can go shopping while your laundry washes. If your washer breaks down, you can wash clothes in a laundromat and dry them at home. If your dryer breaks down, you can dry your clothes at the laundromat. Either way, it's a convenient fix until you get your machines repaired. You can use the laundromat as a break from your kids——If you have an older child you trust, you can have them watch the younger ones for an hour while you go and relax.
Yes, it can be relaxing, if you plan it that way. I had the humble beginnings. I was doing comedy in laundry mats in , literally where I would bring a little gorilla amp and a lapel mike and just start performing. The best way to show you how a trip to the laundromat works is to describe one of my own. Here I'll share the process, along with things to be careful of:. Schedule ahead——Depending on what else is going on, I usually go on Saturday or Sunday.
Luckily, I've only once found it to be too crowded in four years of going to this particular laundromat. With other laundromats, I've tested to find a time when it was normally clean and fairly empty, then scheduled that time on my calendar.
Gather together what you need——On my scheduled day I pack up laundry soap, clothes, and money in my backpack. If I'm going to wash delicate items or knits that are normally hand washed, I place those in a mesh bag to throw into the washer and add hangers to my collection. I also decide what I want to do with my waiting time and take a book, writing tablet, camera, or laptop.
Transport to the laundromat——I walk. That's partly to get exercise and partly because I don't own a car for environmental reasons. Carrying a big laundry bag, plus soap and such in my backpack, exercises my arms, trunk muscles, and legs. Sometimes, if my laundry load is light and the weather is nice, I take my camera and photograph gardens along the way for articles.
Sometimes I stop and chat briefly with neighbors as I walk. Once there, set yourself up with washers and a basket——I plunk my laundry bag and backpack down on the counter, find a basket to use, then check out the machines. I'm looking for a machine that's clean and, of course, empty——looking on the outside for spilled soap and the inside for debris. If there aren't any clean empty ones, I pull a couple of paper towels from the dispenser above the sink, and wipe the outside and inside of those that are available.
Add soap——Inside the lid of each machine you will find instructions on how to use it. If I run out of soap or forgot to bring some, I can always feed change into the soap dispenser, but the packaged soap that comes out is powder I prefer liquid and is not biodegradable. Be sure not too add too much soap, or you'll flood the drains with bubbles. I always buy 7th Generation or Trader Joe's liquid laundry detergent. I trust their ingredients more than other kinds and like that they're biodegradable.
If you plan to walk to the laundromat, like I do, be sure to buy a size that's comfortable to carry. Then I take the clothes out and sort them into the coloreds machine and the whites machine I nearly always use two. Sometimes other patrons like to hog baskets, so you have to be assertive——with a smile——and ask if you can use one for a second. I've never had anyone refuse, although some were reluctant. Since I can tell it's important to them to have a basket for themselves, I always return it when I'm through.
Otherwise, I just move it against a wall out of the way. Insert coins and start the machines——Next it's time to start the machines. Sometimes, if the machine rejects my dollars, I have to exchange dollars with another patron. If I only have a twenty or ten, I'll close my washers and walk next door to the store for change.
I usually buy a little something for their trouble. The machines will let you select the water heat level. If I'm washing delicate items, like silk in its mesh bag to stop it from rubbing against other clothes , I select the lowest setting.
Hang out for half an hour——Now I can play. My favorite thing to do here is walk to the bakery across the street, buy a latte and pastry, and hang out reading a book for a bit, or take coffee back to the laundromat to read. Sometimes I'll take a paper tablet and pen to draft out a new article.
Sometimes I take my camera and walk around the block shooting photos, if the lighting is good. On the occasions I run into someone I know, we just hang out and talk. The dryers take 10 minutes per quarter. When the wash is done, I pull a basket over to my machines, lift everything out into the basket, and wheel my laundry over to the dryers.
I take out the silk items and, using the hangers I brought, hang them on the top beam of the basket. The dryers get too hot for silk. Then I throw both loads of clothes into the same dryer and put three quarters into the machine.
Hang out for another half hour——Usually I read or talk to pass the second half hour. Sometimes I play with kids who've come with their parents. Sometimes I actually sleep with my arms wrapped around my backpack. If you've brought a car and there's a store nearby, this might be a good time to do a little shopping. Gather clothes, supplies, and recreation items and go home——I commandeer another basket when my clothes are dry, pull them out of the dryer, and stuff them into my laundry bag.
Some of them I fold first, like shirts and pants. My silks and sweaters that were hand drying, I put into my backpack. By that time I'm ready for home, so I finish up as quickly as possible and get out of there. Other patrons fold everything carefully on the counters, before placing the piles into their personal laundry baskets to carry out to the car.
Fold and put away clothes — —Once home I dump all my clothes out of the bag onto my bed. I lay out the towels, which usually need a bit more time to dry. The silks I hang up to continue to dry. The sweaters if any I lay out with the towels. All the other clothes I fold and put away.
Altogether, including walking time, it takes me two hours to do my laundry. You may run into some pretty inconsiderate people at laundromats. You hopefully don't want to become one of those yourself, so here are some tips:. Essentially, you're wanting to treat others in the same way you would want to be treated.
You end up with a pleasant experience that way each time. People who have a car have greater options than those of us who don't.
I happen to have a great laundromat nearby, but not everyone does. If your closest one is not satisfactory, you can use the following criteria——plus whatever else is important to you——to check out alternatives.
Do a search online for "laundromat, your city" or open a mapping app and do a search there. Mine just showed me four locations nearby, but the one I use was not one of them. Look for the three or four most promising.
Location, neighborhood, and nearby shops can all be determined via online mapping. Public transportation access can be too. Create a chart like the one below, choose the day you're most likely to go, then go there physically on that day to check them out. You can add anything to your list that you want to. For example, if you like to smoke, you'll want a location to do that. Those will be the pluses. You'll also want to look for potential minuses, like the following:.
Let's say you found a good laundromat and now you're noticing problems. Every good laundromat posts a phone number or two that you can call for machine breakdowns, major spills, coin losses, or other problems related to laundromat maintenance.
If you have problems with other patrons rare, in my experience you can call or the police, then just don't go there again. Sometimes you'll see parents dealing roughly with their children or not disciplining them at all.
It's really tempting to interfere and berate the parent, but that would only make things worse. What I usually do is look for an opportunity to chat up the child to make it more fun for them. Sometimes the parent "gets it," but that's not the reason I do it. Frankly, I do it to make myself feel better. If it's really bad, I leave and go somewhere else, or bury myself in a book. Again, this very seldom happens. Most of the time being in a laundromat is quite uneventful and peaceful, and sometimes it's downright interesting.
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