Tips for Doing Laundry at College

Exerting you independence is something young adults get to experience firsthand when they leave home to attend college. If you are like most students, you cannot let stacks of dirty clothes pile up and haul them all home for your parents to wash in their LG washer and dryer. At some point, you are going to have to wash your own clothes and figure out how to do laundry. With these easy tips, you are sure to avoid explaining how you turned all your socks and underwear pink.

  1. Buy laundry supplies. Pick up a laundry bag or basket, detergent, color safe bleach, and fabric softener. Keep in mind, chlorine bleach is for solid whites only, and color safe bleach can be used with all your dirty laundry. You are free to choose from liquid and powder detergents—though liquids work better in cold water—as well as liquid or dryer sheets for your fabric softener. Tip: Purchase the same products your parents have at home, because you know you are not allergic to these products.
  2. Get plenty of quarters. You cannot rely upon change machines or other people to supply you quarters all of the time. Some colleges allow students to use their student IDs in college laundry rooms in place of quarters, as long as they have cash in their student account.
  3. Sort your clothes. Sort whites, lights, and darks, and jeans into separate loads. Whites are best washed in hot water, lights in warm water, and darks and jeans in cold water. Refer to the use and care tags in your clothing to see what the manufacturer recommends, too, if you are in doubt.
  4. Select the correct washer and dryer settings. Stuffing a washer full will not get your clothes clean. Ideally, only fill the washer about two-thirds full. Select the right water temperature and size of the load. Add detergent, bleach, and fabric softener, and start the machine. With dryer cycles, never use high heat, as it could shrink your clothes. Remember to check the link screen and clean it before and after the dryer cycle.
  5. Fold clothing as soon as it comes out of the dryer. Taking the time to fold your clothes prevents wrinkles. It is also easier to smooth out any wrinkles in the clothing while it is still warm, which eliminates having to iron your clothes.
  6. Be mindful of others. Whether you are doing laundry in your dorm room or at a local laundromat, everyone has to share the machines and help keep the laundry area clean. In addition, never leave clothes sitting unattended in washers or dryers.
  7. Select the best time to do laundry. If it is busy, you may be stuck with only one washer and dryer or waiting for a machine to become free. Learn when the laundry room or laundromat is the least busy to be able to have access to multiple machines.

Doing your own laundry is not difficult, even if you have never done a load of laundry before arriving at college. For other laundry tips and suggestions, feel free to give LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributors, Inc. a call at 800-875-1533 today.

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