Do’s and Don’ts: Laundromat Etiquette

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Do’s and Don’ts: Laundromat Etiquette

If you do not have a washer and/or dryer in your home, a Laundromat may very well be part of your reality. Many people who use Laundromats may not be familiar with the typical “do’s and don’ts” of using Laundromats.

No Rubber or Nylon in Dryers. This is pretty basic common sense but for those who don’t know. Laundromat dryers are commercial dryers and can reach temperatures high enough to melt materials like rubber or nylon. While a disabled dryer at home is an inconvenience, at a Laundromat, it’s a money losing piece of equipment for the owner of the business and not fair to the other customers waiting to use that machine.

Do Not Overload the Machines. Most of us wait until the last minute to visit the Laundromat and that means most of our clothes need washing. This does not mean that you should stuff as many clothes into a washer or dryer as you can. For proper cleaning, clothes in a washer or dryer need room to circulate. If your clothes aren’t cleaned properly, they have to be rewashed which costs you money and wastes your time so just do it right the first time.

Stay with Your Clothes. While it’s tempting to leave the Laundromat to run other errands during the washer’s half-hour cycle or the dryer’s longer cycle, if you want to hang onto your clothes and avoid others handling your clothes, you should stay near them. Bring something to do and plan on staying near your clothes. In the situation where you must leave your laundry, put your basket on top of the washer or dryer you’re using. This way if someone removes your clothes, they will hopefully place them inside the basket instead of someplace unsanitary.

Contain your children. We love children, we really do but if you’re talking on your phone while your child creates a jungle gym out of the empty dryer doors, it’s not only dangerous for your child, it’s hard on the rest of the customers in the Laundromat who are there to do their laundry in peace.


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