The cost of doing laundry at the laundromat isn't what it was twenty or thirty years ago, so if you're new to laundromats or haven't been for a while, be prepared for sticker shock. Take more quarters than you think you'll need. You can buy laundry detergent as well as bleach, stain remover and dryer sheets at the laundromat but you can save money by taking your own laundry supplies.
Save yourself time and hassle by sorting clothes into wash loads before you head to the laundromat. Once you're there, you will be prepared to toss the clothes straight into the washing machines.
Many laundromats offer double or triple load washing machines in addition to the regular washing machines. The larger machines make it easier to do big loads of towels and sheets, but they cost more per load.
Laundromats often offer laundry services during daytime hours. You can drop your dirty clothes off at the laundromat and pick them up later after they are washed, dried and folded for your convenience. This type of service often has a cost per pound instead of per load.
The laundry baskets on wheels in laundromats save your back from hauling wet clothes to the dryer and because one side is curved, they fit nicely next to the washer and dryer door openings and help prevent any clean clothes from falling on the floor. You can use the hanging bar to hang dress clothes or to temporarily hang a garment that you will air-dry at home later.
Don't forget to check out any discounts or freebies at the laundromat. Some laundromats offer discounted prices on the use of washing machines during certain times of the day.
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