A little pre-planning (and pre-treating?) can make a big difference on laundry day. Find out if you're practicing proper courtesy at the public laundromat.
Putting your laundry load on top of an available machine when you walk in the door. That's it.
It's polite to wait to claim a dryer (or two) until the wash cycle is over.
It sometimes might be okay to run a few errands while your machine runs, but only if you're back before the cycle ends. It's best to stay near your clothes.
Sort your clothes into loads before you leave your house. You'll save time at the laundromat, it'll make claiming your machines a breeze, and it's considerate of other people's time.
Adding 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle will remove odors from towels and clothes.
Adding a dry towel will reduce drying time (just remember to take it out after about 15 minutes for best results).
Always dilute chlorine bleach in water before adding it to your clothes.
If you're manually adding liquid fabric softener, adding it to the wash cycle will wash it away. Add it to the rinse cycle for best results.
Wash whites and lights in warm water for best results.
The world's largest laundromat has 301 washers and dryers, and is located in Berwyn, Ill.
Yes. Commercial dryers can reach higher temperatures than dryers at home.
Keep nylon and rubber from melting by keeping them out of laundromat dryers.
When using a top-loading machine, it used to be best to add your clothes last. But with today's phosphate-free detergents, add clothes first, then water, then detergent.
Dryer sheets cause towels to lose absorbency.
While the light from dark rule is popular, you can also successfully sort by fabric type, lint similarities and dirtiness.
Take the time to look inside -- and wipe out -- washers and dryers before you use them.
Combining fast-drying clothes, separating heavy loads and not overloading the dryer are all ways to speed up drying time.
And that means you'll want to start with lightweight loads and finish with heavy items, such as bedding or towels.
To keep back strain to a minimum, hold your laundry basket close to your body, and at waist level.
The best policy is, if the clothes aren't yours, leave them alone, but many people find it acceptable to give the person about 15 minutes in case they're running late.
For the cleanest clothes with the fewest wrinkles, never load the washing machine more than three-quarters of the way full.
All of these can help prevent wrinkles.
Leaving your clothes unattended in machines is considered rude.
High heat will set the tint, so don't put them in the dryer. Bleach-safe clothing can be soaked in a diluted bleach solution and rinsed.
While there is a vending machine, it's unspoken that you should bring your own basic laundry supplies from home.
Adding too much detergent can make too many suds, which can trap dirt and bacteria on your clothes during the rinse.
A large rolling basket with a pole and bar above for hanging clothes.
While some washers will allow you to purchase extras, such as long wash or quick wash, most washers take no more than 30 minutes. Most machines will tell you how long the cycle will run.
Duds 'n Suds, which still exists today, was popular for its beer and big screens in the '80s.
Leaving the door or lid open when you're done using a machine indicates that machine is now free.