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Success in doing laundry starts with packing the right clothes. When packing for college or university stay away from white clothes, they will turn grey and red clothes that will turn everything pink. Leave them at home. Pick clothes that can survive a washer and dryer. There won’t be much hand washing of clothes.
If your student has not done laundry at home use the last week or two before they leave to teach them how to use a washer, sort laundry, empty pockets and use a stain remover. If they bring their laundry home from school it is a good time to teach them how to do it
Find out if the washers and dryers need coins or if money is put on a plastic swipe card. Put some money on the card or send coins to get them started and into the habit of doing laundry. It is a good investment for both parents and students.
3. Laundry “Basket”
Provide a central collection area for their laundry in their room. It might be on the back of a door or chair, a bin or bag in the closet. Buy one that is ventilated so damp clothes can dry. It needs to be portable so they can move it easily to the Laundromat which may be on another floor.
Buy liquid laundry detergent because it dissolves quickly and comes in small bottles. It is better to have a supply of small bottles than a large one which is heavy and hard to take to the Laundromat. Buy fabric sheets for the dryer as the student will probably never be there for the rinse cycle.
5. A place to hang damp clothes
Have a place to hang up clothes – a line, door hooks or a free-standing wire rack in their room for things that are damp or that they don’t want to put in the dryer. Folding wooden or wire racks can be hidden away when they are not in use under the bed or in the closet. Over the door hooks come in many styles to fit the door and space.
6. Who does the laundry, parent, student, at home or at school?
Decide if you will do their laundry when they come home on weekends. Set the policy early so there are no surprises.
You’re all set to take care of your laundry. Read about a checklist that will help you pack for university.
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