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The Beginners Step By Step Guide To Using A Laundromat

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The Beginners Step By Step Guide To Using A Laundromat

Everything you need to know about laundromats.

Whether your washing machine broke down or you just need to get your clothes cleaned quickly, everyone uses a laundromat at some point in their lives. 

Laundromat is easy to use, cost-efficient, and they get the job done fast. 

However, if you’ve never used one before, you’ll probably need some guidance on the proper procedure in using one. 

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through how to use a laundromat. 


Step 1: Prepare your clothes.

You’ll want to separate your clothes according to colors. 

Place the light colors in one bag and the darker shades in another, so it’s easier to wash them separately at the laundromat. 

It’s advisable to wash your light colors and dark colors separately. In case the soap you’re using makes the colors run. 

This will prevent the rest of your clothes from being stained.

à As you separate your clothes, make sure to check the tags on them. 

If you see any clothes which say they need to be hand-washed, do not try to wash them at the laundromat. 

Once your clothes have been separated by color, separate delicate fabrics from more durable materials like jeans. 

You might want to wash these separately as well, in case the rough material of your jeans damages your delicate fabrics.


Step 2: Pick a laundromat close to your home.

If you’re going to be walking to your laundromat, make sure it’s within walking distance of your home. 

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to risk injuring your back carrying heavy loads of clothes back and forth. 

Remember: Clothes become significantly heavier when they’re wet.

Make sure the laundromat has all the services you need, like a dryer or a place to iron. 

Also, consider if your laundromat is open 24 hours a day. You might want to do your laundry at night to avoid crowds.


Step 3: Ensure you have enough change with you.

Not all laundromats accept credit cards. To be safe, make sure you bring a healthy mix of coins with you so you’re not stranded at the laundromat. 

Loads typically cost anywhere between $0.50 to $2, so plan accordingly.


Step 4: Bring your own detergent and fabric softener.

Laundromats usually have everything you need to wash your clothes, but you’ll have to pay a premium for it. 

To avoid paying more than you need to, ensure you bring your own fabric softener, detergent, and dryer sheets.


If you’re going to be using two washing machines, make sure you bring enough detergent. 

The average load of laundry weighs around 6-7 pounds (2.7kg – 3.2 kg), so you’ll need roughly a full cap of detergent. 

Look out for marks in the cap which indicate how much detergent you should use for a full wash.

For fabric softener, you should fill the cap either halfway or to the brim before adding it directly to your laundry.


Step 5: Choose the best washing machine.

Once you’ve reached the laundromat, you should choose the right washing machine based on your load. 

Machines are usually labeled by the capacity of clothes they can handle. 

Consider the right machine for you based on the number of people you’re doing laundry for and how many pieces of clothing you’d like to wash.

After you’ve decided the size of the washing machine, you need to check that it’s hygienic.

You should consider the following:

  •  Is there a strong bleach smell? If there is, avoid putting in your light clothing.
  • Is the drum overly soapy? This could be an indication that the washing machine has an issue with rinsing.
  • Has someone accidentally left their clothes in it?
  • Are there any stains on the interior of the drum? 

Other points to note

Avoid using a washing machine next to one that is already running. 

You might find it difficult to unload your clothes at the same time as someone next to you due to a lack of space.

 Make sure your washing machine is close to a dryer, so you won’t have a hard time moving your clothes over once they’ve been washed.

Step 6: Load your clothes and start the wash cycle.

Once you’ve checked that the washing machine is in working order, it’s time to load your clothes in and start the wash. 

You can use the “standard” or “cotton” settings on the machine for a standard cycle. For delicate fabrics, choose the lightest setting available. 

Take note of the timer on the machine and set an alarm on your phone so you’ll know when your clothes are ready. Now, sit back and watch your clothes get cleaned. 

You can use two different machines if you’d like the wash to go faster. 

You could also use the two machines to wash your differently colored clothes at the same time.

Remember to bring along a book or a pair of headphones to pass the time. 

If your wash cycle is long enough, feel free to leave the laundromat and go to a café. Just make sure you return before the wash cycle ends.


Step 7: Drying your clothes.

Once your clothes have been cleaned, it’s time to dry them. 

Load your wet clothes into the dryer and look at the available settings. 

If you’re uncertain, you can use the “standard heat setting”, provided you did a standard wash. 

If you’re specifically drying delicate fabrics, select the “delicate” setting or a “low heat” setting. 

Remember that excess heat can cause your clothes to shrink, especially if it’s made out of cotton.

After setting the right temperature, decide how long you want your clothes to be dried. Proceed to put in your coins and press the start button. 


Congratulations! You’ve successfully used a laundromat.

Fold your clothes neatly afterward. If you simply throw your clothes back into your clothes hamper, you’ll end up with clothes that have creases in them.

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