Did you move to a new apartment? How is it going? It’s nice to have a new place for a fresh start, isn’t it?
Living alone, you have to do all the household chores. Gladly, most apartment sizes are not spacious. If you have a small-sized apartment, you will not have a hard time cleaning and tidying up. However, small-sized apartments barely have rooms or space for a laundry area.
Gladly, some apartment complex has shared laundry rooms on each floor. You only have to buy laundry essentials for your consumption. If you are lucky enough to rent an apartment with a shared laundry room, we have a few tips for you on how to do your laundry right.
Shared Laundry Room Tips
There are a couple of laundry essentials you need to prepare to stay on top of your pile of laundry. Follow these tips and preparation requires to ensure that your laundry will turn out clean and timely.
Prepare the Needed Laundry Essentials
Each apartment complex has different styles. Shared laundry rooms may be located on each floor or only on one floor. Thus, you need to bring your pile of laundry and the essentials around. Buy a laundry hamper that’s easy to carry around. A laundry bag or collapsible hamper is the best choice.
Shared laundry rooms do not offer free laundry detergent, fabric softener, and other laundry essentials. You need to buy one and bring them with you every laundry day.
Wipe Down Laundry Machines Before Using
Whether your apartment complex has onsite maintenance or janitorial staff, it’s best to follow this tip for safety and hygiene purposes.
Whenever you take your dirty laundry for a wash, bring a damp towel with you. Damp your towel on a water and vinegar solution. Before you fill your wash load, take time to wipe down the surfaces of the laundry machine.
Run the First Cycle with Vinegar Solution
After wiping down the surfaces, run your first cycle with vinegar solution. You are unaware of how many people are using the machines day in and day out. Thus, it is best to eliminate the smell of the past cycles.
Always Do the Laundry Properly
Nothing’s changed when doing the laundry. You still have to follow the care label instructions on your clothes. Use an adequate amount of detergent.
The only difference is you have to sort your laundry inside your apartment. Don’t sort your clothes in the shared laundry room. You might interrupt or mistakenly sort some of your clothes if you do it in the laundry room.
Set a Laundry Day
It is essential to set a laundry day to keep your clothes clean and ready every time you need them. You would not want to wake up one day without fresh clothes to wear!
We do not have a specific day to suggest because one’s laundry routine or cleaning routine depends on their schedule and personality. Some people do their laundry once a week, and some do it almost every day, which helps them manage their laundry. It’s frustrating if you search for your favorite clothes dirty and wrinkled in the hamper. Remember, your clothes and linens are an investment. You should treat them with love and care.
However, if we give a tip, it’s best to stick into a routine than doing laundry randomly. Go for the day when most of your neighbors are not doing their laundry. But, if you do your laundry on the day most of your neighbors do, leave a note.
Leave a Note, Time the Cycle
You have to remember that you’re using a shared washer and dryer machine. Someone might be waiting for your load to finish. Take note of the time each load cycle starts so you can retrieve your laundry shortly after the cycle completes.
It’s better to leave a note. You can write your name and contact number and tell your neighbor to contact you if your load is finished and forget to take it out. Another way is to leave your laundry hamper behind and write on the note that they can transfer your load when it’s done, in case you need to run some errands.
Taking the Laundry to a Laundromat
If your apartment complex does not have a shared laundry room, you have to take your laundry to the nearest laundry service. However, going to the shared laundry room or laundromat is not safe these days. We are still in a pandemic. Sharing the same room might not be safe for people.
But, if you insist on going to the laundry room or dropping off your laundry at the nearest laundromat, you have to observe the following to keep you safe:
- Wear mask
- Sanitize hands
- Maintain proper social distance
It’s essential to do these protocols to ensure that you are safe from the virus and close contact.
If you are concerned with the cleanliness and safety of the laundromats, every laundry business sanitizes and maintains its washers and surfaces. It is the owner’s duty to keep their customers safe.
Do these tips when you go to the laundromat:
- Check the dryer machine’s rubber seal. Some might have buildups in the pocket.
- Bring an extra laundry bag or a collapsible one. It’s best to sort your laundry in different bags.
- Check whether the last load contains bleach. You can quickly determine if there’s a bleach by smelling the bleach dispenser. Always check this. It will save your clothes from color bleeding.
Now, if you do not want to risk your health, most laundromats offer laundry pickup and delivery. You do not have to drop off your laundry; their staff will collect your laundry from your front door. That’s a better solution if you are living in an apartment complex during this pandemic.
Have peace of mind in doing your laundry. There’s nothing more important than our health these days. Go through the days with these laundry tips for apartment living.