Living the college dorm life is not easy. However, doing laundry in a dorm takes it to a whole new level of hardship and annoyance. Here are some tips to help you get your laundry done without too much of a hassle.
BRING ENOUGH CHANGE
While some washers/dryers will be free, most will not be. Some dorms have a payment system where you can actually use your room key or a laundry card, others have coin-operated machines. No matter what type of payment the machines require, be sure that you have it.
Before you go to do your laundry, make sure you have enough change/money on your card to do so. There’s nothing more annoying than someone asking you for spare change, or waiting around to steal someone’s machines.
KEEP TRACK OF TIME
Probably the biggest laundry faux-pas you can make is leaving your clothes in the washer/dryer long after they’re done. Not only do you have to make sure you have enough time allotted BEFORE starting your laundry, but you also have to make sure that you keep track of how long your clothes have been in the machines.
There are other residents that need to do laundry too, and if you’re holding up a machine because you didn’t get your clothes out in time, you’re going to frustrate a lot of people.
DON’T BE IMPATIENT
I can’t stress enough how important this one is. More often than not, clothes are left sitting in a washer/dryer — done, but their owner hasn’t removed them yet. As tempting as it may be, do not remove them.
It’s simple enough really: you wouldn’t want anyone touching your clothes, so don’t do it to others. Maybe someone has items that can’t go into the dryer that you’ll ruin by doing so, or maybe you’ll leave before they get back so they don’t know where their clothes went.
If there aren’t any available machines and someone’s clothes are done, but no one’s claiming them, it doesn’t matter. You’ll have to wait for the next available machine, and hope that the owner comes in quickly.
DON’T BE OBNOXIOUS
When you’re doing laundry at home, it’s perfectly fine to separate your clothes into several loads, taking over the machine for the day because other family members don’t need it.
This is not okay when you’re using a communal washer/dryer.
There’s always going to be another person that needs to do laundry, so using up a machine all day long because you’re washing clothes individually isn’t acceptable.
So group clothes together where you can (mix darks and whites if possible, or combine clothes and towels/sheets) to save yourself time and to save some machines for others that may need them.
If you find that you need to do multiple loads, spread them out during the week. It’s much better than monopolizing one machine all day long, as you never know what times the laundry room is going to be busy.
Whenever possible, be considerate of others. Bring your own money, soap and dryer sheets, change loads when the machine is done, and don’t spend more time than needed at any given machine. Basically, follow the rules and you’ll be fine.
Doing laundry in dorms/apartment buildings can be a real hassle, and many people aren’t aware of the basic laundry room etiquette that everyone should know.
But now that you do, follow the rules and be considerate of others, and also help those that may not know. It just might save you some time some day.