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How to Do Your Laundry in College

No matter how much you want to avoid doing laundry, eventually, you may have to come to terms with this dreaded chore. It may seem scary if it is the first time you’ve had to do your own laundry. You are going to run out of those clean smelling clothes from that mixed pile of crumpled up clothes laying on your floor. 

Remember, you are on a budget so you can’t head to the store to buy new clothes every time you run out of clean ones!  And no, inside-outing them doesn’t make them clean. If any or all of these things apply to you, it’s time to do laundry! 


It is not as hard and scary as it seems. Here is a list of tips and tricks to help you get through this task:

    • Make sure you have enough money on your laundry card or quarters for the old school washers and dryers.How to Do Your Laundry in College
    • Separate your laundry into three loads: darks, lights, and whites.
      1. Never put reds in with your whites, or you’ll walk around in pink clothes for the rest of the semester.
    • Put any stain remover directly on stains before putting the clothing in the washer, otherwise, the stain may not wash out. If you put the clothes in the dryer before the stain is removed, it can set in. You can even lookup how to remove specific types of stains from your clothes on the internet.
    • Bring your laundry detergent, bleach, and fabric softener (liquid or dryer sheets) with you to the laundry area. You don’t want to forget the fabric softener and have to head up all the flights of stairs before the cycle ends. You will add the liquid in a designated spot of the washing machine when you start the load. If you choose dryer sheets instead, you add those directly into the dryer with the clothes. No one wants static cling!
      1. Make sure the top to the bleach is secure. You don’t want it bleaching all of your clothes! Although tie-dye may make a comeback.
    • Don’t be afraid of all of the buttons. Choose the correct settings for the types of clothes you are washing
      1.  Lights get washed in cool temperatures and darks in warm temperatures. 
    • Don’t leave your clothes in the machine unattended, as someone will move them, take them, or throw them away. You’ll end up checking out every person in the dorm to see if they are wearing your favorite jeans. I had a friend who left her clothes in the dryer and they sent her a ransom note…
    • How to Do Your Laundry in CollegeFold your clothes as soon as they are removed from the dryer. This will saveyou time and you will have a lot less to iron.
    • Hang up delicates on a dryer rack, with clothespins, or on wide hangers. This will avoid the clothes from stretching or getting those weird poke-outs.  You want to avoid wearing a sweater that appears to have an extra shoulder!.


Use these tips to help you navigate your first attempt at the laundry. You got this! 


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