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Laundromat Etiquette: Do’s and Don'ts of Visiting A Laundromat For The First Time

Posted by Clean Rite on April 07, 2021

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your neighborhood laundromat (or if you’ve never been to one at all!), you may not be totally aware of what to expect. That’s totally understandable — and we want to help put you at ease. In this post, we’ll talk about a few simple “do’s and don'ts” to help you prep for your trip.


Do: Remember to Bring Everything You Need

Forgetting an essential can make a routine trip into a big headache, so be sure to bring everything:

  • Dirty clothes
  • Detergent
  • Payment
  • Optional: Dryer sheets, softeners, bleach, etc.

Don’t: Feel Sheepish or Nervous

Everyone has to do laundry, so don’t feel shy if it’s your first visit. It’s totally understandable that you’ll take a few minutes to get the lay of the land, understand the machines, and settle in while your clothes are cleaned. 


Do: Research Their Payment Options

Not all laundries are coin operated these days! But the flip side of that coin is that not all laundromats accept digital payments yet, so make sure you do your homework before you go and bring proper payment


Don’t: Accidentally Damage Your Clothes

It’s unfortunately easy to damage your clothes if you don’t know which options to select on a laundromat’s machinery. You likely don’t need to only use hot water — and you also need to make sure you don’t over fill a machine. 


Either of these can leave you with damaged clothes, so it pays to know which washing and drying options are best for your clothes before you come. You can find this info on your clothes’ care label.


Do: Be Courteous To Others

Try as we all may, it’s sometimes easy to unintentionally not show courtesy to those around us. Laundromats are a public space, so try to keep some of these (and others) in mind:


  • Try to avoid loud noises, like music without headphones
  • When your laundromat is busy, try not to take up seating with laundry bags as you wait
  • Give others plenty of time to get their laundry out of the washer or dryer
  • Be thoughtful with where you place your cart


Don’t: Be a Stranger!

Laundromats are all about community, so the more you get to know the staff, patrons, and owners of your local laundromat, the easier future trips will be. 

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