For those of you in college or about to be in college, there are certain things one must know about doing laundry in college, especially if you live in a dorm. Abiding by these rules will not only help you out, but will make the people you live among like you better.
- DO wait until you have a full load of laundry. In the vast majority of schools you have to pay to do laundry, and at the bare minimum cost of $1 per load, it's best not to waste money. Try to only wash a full load unless you desperately need something clean. On that note...
- DON'T wait until the last minute to do laundry, especially Friday or Sunday nights; those are the prime nights for people hastily washing clothes for the weekend/week that they forgot they needed until the last second, and I promise you the washers and dryers will be packed.
- DO read the directions on clothing care labels AND detergent bottles. Some clothes need to be dry cleaned, and some detergents aren't suitable for use on some types of clothing, also some types of detergents need to be diluted before you put in your clothes so that they don't eat holes in the fabric.
- DON'T put stained clothing in the dryer. If you've only washed it, there's still hope to get the stains out, but heat permanently sets stains, thus making the dryer a poor idea.
- DON'T leave your clothes in the washer/dryer for hours at a time. People WILL take them out and potentially throw them on the top of the machine and/or the floor. Plus, it's just rude to monopolize the machines that a whole building has to share.
- DO wash new clothes separately! Dyes in new clothing can bleed and transfer on to other clothes, meaning one red t-shirt can make a whole load of pink socks.
- DO say hello in the laundry room. Sometimes it's just courteous, and sometimes you can make new friends you wouldn't have made otherwise.