I just did four loads of laundry–start to finish–in one hour. Whew! Thanks to the many machines at my local Laundromat, I got the job done for $8.25 total.
The Laundromat has a special this month: $1.25/wash on Wednesdays. That’s a savings of .25/load. I paid $5 for the wash and $3.25 for the drying cycles (7 minutes=.25 for the big dryers and 14 mins. = .25 for the smaller dryers. I think the large dryers are more efficient).
We don’t have a washer or dryer in our apartment unit, but there are facilities in our basement that we can use if we want. The cost is $1.25 per wash and dry. I think the washing machines are a little small, and the dryers don’t work very well. If I did four loads here, it would cost more than $10 since I’d need the dryer to run more than once. Plus, it would take me several hours. Not a good use of my time, since I can’t just leave it there.
I’m looking forward to the day when we’ll have a washer and dryer in our home. But for now, I guess I can be happy that we aren’t using our electricity or water to run the machines. I’m trying to find out how much it costs to do laundry at home. Does anyone have the numbers for that?
Oh, one other thing I do while at the Laundromat: They have a coupon-exchange box. People add their unwanted coupons and take what they want. I’ve found plenty of coupons for things I will actually use, and I don’t have to buy the Sunday paper for it. Does anyone else use a coupon-exchange?
Laundry tip No. 1: Cut your fabric sheets in half. You instantly double the amount of fabric softener sheets you have, and will be able to use a box twice as long. Try it for a load and see if you like the result. My clothes still come out smelling fresh and static-free.
Laundry tip No. 2: Add baking soda to your wash load. It helps with stain and odor removal, and it’s much cheaper than Oxyclean or a similar product.