How to Do Laundry in College

Are you a college student that plans on living in a dorm? If yes, you’re in the right place! This quick guide will show you how to do laundry in college.

You have plenty of laundry options that are available to you as a college student. They will depend on your living arrangement. Also, we’ll discuss the financials of doing laundry while you are a college student.

Yes, money can be tight for a student. However, it’s possible to get laundry done without ever breaking the bank. This is the guide for you if you want to make doing laundry easier while living in a college dorm.

Let’s get right into it:

Get the Essentials

This includes hangers, stain removers, lint brushes, fabric softener, dryer sheets, detergents, mesh bags, drying racks, and hampers or laundry baskets. You’ll want to find the best quality items that fit your budget.

Separate Your Colors

If you are throwing in all of your laundries at once, you’re actually doing something wrong. You’ll want to separate your colors accordingly. 

Red-colored clothing will be fine when paired with your dark colors. Likewise, light-colored clothing can pair well with whites. However, if you plan to use bleach, make sure it is only for your white clothes. Also, it’s best if you wash with cold water instead of warm.

Use Mesh Bags while Washing

There’s a reason for this. Washers in college dorms are the same type you’ll find in regular laundromats. These can have the ability to damage clothes that are delicate or small in size.

To ensure that they do not get damaged (or even lost), a mesh bag will keep them all in one place. If you are washing socks, mesh bags are a must. Otherwise, you’ll end up losing them in the hard-to-find places of the washer itself.

Don’t Overload

Never overload a washer beyond ¾ full. The reason for this will be that your clothes won’t be completely clean. Furthermore, it can also cause damage to the washing machine itself due to overwork.

Don’t forget to check your pockets (better yet, double-check them) before loading them in the washer. Otherwise, you’ll have a disaster on your hands.

Check the Tags and Labels

This will come in handy lots of times. Look for the tags or labels for care instructions. Some clothes will need to be washed in a specific way.

Save Your Coins

Most washers and dryers will require you to pay in coins (particularly quarters). Have as many as you can and enough to where you are able to do laundry. Dorms and student apartment buildings will usually have you pay for the use of their washers and dryers.

Final Thoughts

As a college student, you’ll want to make sure you are doing laundry right. If you have the essentials, know how to pair colors with each other, check the tag for care instructions, and you should be good to go. It may seem overwhelming, but once you get the hang of it, it’s an easy routine thing to do.