Laundry Room Etiquette

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…”

That’s right Dorothy, you’re in college now, and that means…doing your own laundry.

We know laundry can be tough, usually mom and dad have always taken care of that for you, we get it, but when you’re in college, living in the dorms, you have to think of the other people you live with too.

  1. Keep track of how long it will be before your machine cycle finishes.  Sounds silly right?  Wrong.  Keeping track of something so simple will reduce the amount of anger and irritation that will be headed your direction if you do otherwise.  So do the polite thing and set the alarm on your phone, and in the meantime, get your homework done.
  2. Bring your own stuff.  Don’t be the person who has to ask to borrow someone else’s detergent, someone else’s dryer sheets, basket, mesh bag for delicates, etc., basically, just don’t be that person.
  3. Be courteous to your fellow launderers.  Instead of throwing their clothes on the floor when they forget to come get them when you need a machine, put them on a counter and keep them together instead.  Think about how awful it would be if it was YOU who had forgotten instead of them.
  4. Always be willing to share.  I know, I know, we just talked about bringing your own stuff, but we all know there will always be that person who doesn’t even know what “laundry” is, let alone that they need their own detergent.

Hopefully these help you and your floormies survive the laundry room without wanting to click your heels together three times while saying “There’s no place like home” the next time you need a clean tee shirt.

Emily Gregor 

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