Going to the laundromat can be quick and simple if you do a little pre-planning and you organize in the right way. Below are several hints on how to make your trip to the laundromat easier.
Bring Hangers and Hang Your Clothes
Almost everyone hates ironing so this hint will surely make you smile! For many garments, if you hang them up as soon as you remove them from the dryer, they will stay wrinkle free without ironing! Yea! Hanging your clothes straight from the dryer at the laundromat will also save you some time because you don't have to fold the clothes you put on hangers. Several retail stores and online stores sell adjustable clothing bars that can be used in any size vehicle. Most are made with ends that can hooked onto the grab handles or garment hooks in the vehicle. If you have neither grab handles or garment hooks, you can adjust most of these clothing bars like you would a shower curtain rod so it fits snuggly in place. Here are a couple of examples of these adjustable car clothing rods on Amazon and O reilly auto
If you don't like the clothing bar idea but you need more hanging space in your vehicle, look for heavy duty auto clothing hooks that turn a single small hook into two or more hooks or turn a small hook into a larger/wider hook that contains a lot more space to hang clothes. You can find these on EBay, Amazon, and many department stores. Here is an example of one of these wider hooks on Amazon. Here are a couple more options that makes your existing car hook fit more hangers: car clothes carrier and clothes hanger. Finally, here's an ingenious example of a clothes hanging hook that can be placed over your car seat if you don't have a clothes hook or grab handles in your vehicle: hook seat hanger.
Rolling Laundry Baskets & Rolling Laundry Trollies
Carrying laundry in and out of the laundromat can get heavy. To make this task easier, look for a rolling laundry basket or a rolling laundry trolly. There are many designs to choose from. Some work like rolling luggage with a telescoping handle so it can be folded down to fit easier into your vehicle. Others fold up nice and compact when not in use. You can buy cheap ones for less than $10 and most cost less than $30 and are sturdy enough to last for years. Here are a few examples so you can get a sense of the variety available for rolling laundry baskets: laundry basket 1, laundry basket 2, laundry basket 3 and laundry basket 4.
You can also buy a rolling trolly especially designed to carry standard sized laundry baskets. Here is one example on idosm.com - Notice that this nifty trolley folds up when not in use!
Pre-sorting and Pre-Soaking Stains
If you pre-sort your clothes into different colors and loads beforehand, things will run much more smoothly at the laundromat. Also, if you have any stains that need to be pre-soaked, doing this before you get to the laundromat will also help. In fact, if you apply a stain remover before you leave your place, the drive to the laundromat will give the stain remover a bit of extra time to soak.
Take Pre-Measured Laundry Detergent
Pouring pre-measured amounts of laundry detergent into disposable cups such as a yogurt containers or cream cheese containers will save you some time and hassle at the laundromat. It will also prevent you from having to carry in your big container of detergent.
Check Washing Machines and Dryers Before Use
In Clearwater Florida, we pride ourselves on running the cleanest laundromats around. However, it is still always a good idea to quickly check both washing machines and dryers before you put your clothes in. Occasionally, people accidentally leave items like ink pens, gum, food, or lipstick in the pockets of their clothes and these may leave a stain inside the washing machines or dryers that could get on your clothing. If this occurred just before your arrival, we may not yet have noticed it and cleaned it up. Thus, it is always prudent to err on the side of caution and do a quick check of the machines before putting your clothes inside.
We hope these hints help make your trip to the laundromat easier. If you have an additional idea(s), we always love to hear from our customers. We may be able to share your idea on our website so that other customers will benefit from your idea(s). Take care!