Do you have a washer and dryer in your place? If yes, you’re one lucky motherf*cker. If not, I feel your pain. Going to the laundromat is one of the WORST things I have to do. Not just because I’m lazy, lack motivation, and find it incredibly boring — though true, all true — but because it’s such a pain in the ass to bundle up all of your dirty (and heavy) shit and lug it down the street to the local laundromat. I know there are others out there, like me, that would rather go commando than hit up the laundromat more than once a month. So I’ve put together a quick list of how to combat some of the most unsavory aspects of the laundromat and come out on top. To all of my fellow laundro-haters out there, these laundromat hacks are for you:
Suck factor: Doing your laundry yet again and knowing it’s going to take ages, since you’ve waited forever to do it and are now literally washing everything you own. So, how do you deal with knowing you’re going to be trapped in this place for at least the next 2-3 hours? It’s not like we can just leave — we’re all paranoid people are going to steal our shit!
Solution: Apps! Laundry Day is a super rad and easy app that allows you to take a photo of those weird laundry symbols on clothing that no one understands, and translates their mysterious meanings for you. Laundromat machines are industrial and tough on clothes, but by deciphering the hieroglyphics on the tags, you can help stop your delicates from getting shredded. Also, make sure you have a great playlist lined up that speaks to your soul and makes the experience more pleasant. Spotify even has an “At the Laundromat” playlist. Pro tip: Don’t forget your phone charger!
Suck factor: Ever heard of airing your dirty laundry for all to see? Well, this is basically the literal version of that. Loading up the washers means everyone there can see your underwear, bras, briefs, and whatever else you’re washing that you don’t want on show.
Solution: Sort before you go. This not only saves time, but also potential future embarrassment. Put all those undergarments in a separate bag before you go and just dump ‘em in the washer undetected.
Suck factor: Filling the machines to the brim with your dirty clothes in order to maximize time and money is a given. However, with so many items, this means you will no doubt drop shit on the (gross) floor while switching loads.
Solution: Put your own laundry basket inside the laundry cart they have at the laundromat. This way you have an extra level of protection when unloading your clean clothes. The metal cart acts as a type of safety net, ready to capture all of those rogue socks and underwear that miss the hamper and decreases the likelihood of fallen soldiers.
Suck factor: By the time your laundry is actually done, you’ve already wasted what feels like years of your life and now you have to fold it, rather than just throwing it on the bed like you can at your parent’s place. Ugh. That means yet MORE time and loads (puns rule) of wrinkles.
Solution: Folding hacks. There are a lot of these tutorial videos, but here is one of the best, in my opinion. By learning how to become a laundry origami master and folding each shirt in less than two seconds, you’re basically a hero and will be out of that miserable place in a flash! Author’s note: I don’t fold anything but shirts at the laundromat. All other items I own can be wrinkled, but if my shirts are too, I may be outed as the careless and sloppy human I actually am.