As a college student or future college student, you may find the laundry is one of the worst things you have to do.  Maybe it’s because you’re used to mom doing it or the fact that you have to wait around for a few hours just to see your socks tumble around in a dryer.  Doing laundry can be fun if you make it that way and I’ll show you a few tips you can take in order to make the clothes cleaning process a little easier.

Make a schedule – The first thing you want to do when you go to college is to learn when you want to do laundry.  Let’s face it, you’re going to have dirty clothes, so there’s no way around this.  The best time to go are during the weekdays or early in the morning.  The worst time to go are at night usually around 4-9ish.  Try to avoid these times or you’ll find yourself waiting for a washer and dryer and you don’t want to do this.

Do a price check- Just because your college has a laundry mat, make sure you check out the mats in the area, half the time you’ll find that these laundry mats are cheaper and slower than the college campus.  All you need to do is check the prices once before you go to college and compare them.  You don’t even need to to the mat, you can simply call up and ask.

Bring quarters- As you may know by now, the laundry mat needs quarters to run their machines.  Make sure that you take quarters with you all the time.  All mats usually have change machines but sometimes you may find them being out of order.  Just to be safe, make sure you bring a few quarters with you each time to save you the time and trouble.

Never leave your clothes- Most mats have locks on the dryers and washing machines, but this is when it’s in a cycle.  Once it stops, anyone can access this and if it’s busy, the attendant can’t get track of the clothes.  If you don’t think theft exists at a laundry mat, it does!!  It’s important that you stay at the mat at all times.

Bring your entertainment – Since you’ll most likely be waiting at the mat, you don’t want to sit there with nothing to do.  Make sure you bring some entertainment while you wait.   Most students like to bring homework, textbooks to read, or if you don’t have anything you need to study for, you can simply bring a magazine, portable DVD player, etc.

Get a duffel bag- If you’re attending college for the first time, you’ll need a duffel bag to carry all of your laundry in.  Make sure you bring a bag that is designed for dirty laundry.  These bags are designed to keep the clothes fresh when they are clean.  The bags are similar to a pair gym mesh shorts.

Know how to do laundry – Since you’re probably used to having mom doing the laundry, there are a few things you need to remember when you’re doing laundry so that you don’t ruin your clothes or cause them to shrink.  Here are a few tips you should take into consideration –

  • Don’t overload the dryer:  Make sure you don’t overload the dryer.  This will take the dryer longer to dry all of the clothes.  The more minutes you need to add onto the dryer, the more you’re going to spend.
  • Separate your colors:  Always make sure you separate your colors.  Keep whites with whites, the darks with darks, and the lights with lights.  If you can follow this golden rule, you shouldn’t have any problems with your laundry.
  • The temperatures:  Temperatures are important when you’re doing laundry.  Make sure you wash all whites in HOT water and anything in color should be washed in WARM water.  Make sure you also check the tag because you may need to get that article of clothing some extra attention.

Now, that you know how to do laundry, here’s a quick checklist on what you should bring to the laundrymat –

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Duffel Bag
  • Bleach 

Doing laundry isn’t a complicated process.  Make sure you take your time to learn how everything works.  It won’t take you long at all and as long as you follow the tips above, you shouldn’t have a problem at all!