Laundromats serve as convenient outlets to wash high volumes of clothes at once (as you have access to multiple washing and drying machines at once) and allow customers to access additional services such as alterations or dry cleaning. They’re also great places to catch up with other individuals in the community and have discussions.
But what about on those laundry days where your children are at home, you have nobody to watch them and the and they must accompany you on your trip to the laundromat? As entertaining and lively as young kids can be, their short attention spans and constant need for entertainment can make them a real challenge to navigate while completing laundry. Fortunately, these tips will keep your little one looking forward to the trip and help you keep your sanity throughout it all!
Involve Them in the Process
Delegating basic tasks to your children, keeps them engaged during your laundromat visit and gives them a sense of importance with their ability to help you. Furthermore, being involved in the laundry process helps instill a sense of work ethic in your child and shows them the importance of being an active participant in completing household chores.
So, on your next laundromat visit, consider letting your child help you load the machines or add the soap to the washer. This goes a long way in making them feel valued and included.
Bring Items to Occupy Their Attention
Once clothing is in the wash or drying cycle, this is where the waiting game comes into effect and many young kids struggle. To keep them occupied and curb potential meltdowns, here are some avenues to explore:
- Bring their favourite books to read;
- Have a tablet or laptop with TV shows you’d have them watch;
- Allow them to express their creative side with colouring books or puzzles.
All of the above options can be constructive forms of entertainment while at the laundromat. At worst, pull out your smartphone and let them play their favourite game!
For many kids, stuffed toys are a source of comfort and with their favourite one in hand, they fear nothing. Their stuffed toy accompanies them outside to play in the dirt, goes on long car rides with them and then finds its way back in their bed for a good night sleep at the end of the day.
Having an item that provides your child with comfort and encouragement is awesome; however, the dirt and bacteria that accumulates on its surface are far less awesome. Every now and then your child’s partner-in-crime (or in fun activities) needs a good cleaning to avoid transferring bacteria to your little one and getting them sick. So, here’s how to wash your child’s stuffed toy at the laundromat!
Examining Stuffed Animals Before Putting Them in the Wash
Examine for loose threads and tears that could cause the toy to rip open in the machine. Also look for loose parts, such as eyes, noses or an arm, as they could also tear off in the wash. To avoid damage in the wash, make sure to sew on any loose ends prior to placing the item in the wash.
Also, make sure to remove any electronic parts from the toy, prior to throwing it in the wash. If electronic parts cannot be fully removed, it’s best to wash it by hand to avoid damaging its mechanics.
Using the Laundromat Washing Machine
If you’ve examined the toy and confirmed there are no fragile parts or electronic components, the stuffed toy is now ready to be washed in the washer. Opt for a front loader–they are gentler and will prevent damage to toys.
Placing the stuffed toy in a mesh laundry bag prior to putting it in the washing machine also goes a long way to keep it in good condition. For colourful toys, use cold water to prevent colours from running.
You’ll want to AVOID PUTTING STUFFED TOYS IN THE DRYER, as the temperature is too hot and can ruin them.
For many families, summer means more dirty laundry. With kids participating in summer sports and playing outside in the sun, going through multiple outfits in a day isn’t uncommon. Although this is a good sign your kids are having fun and making use of the warm weather, it also means more laundry that needs to be done. So, if you’re looking to have fun in the sun and avoid spending your time doing laundry, let us help you!
Create a Schedule
Having a consistent laundry schedule in place, helps maximize your free time throughout the summer. Set aside time for at least one laundromat visit a week. The frequency of your visits will vary depending on the lifestyles of your family members and the number of members in your family; having said that, a schedule helps prevent laundry from piling up, which leads to you having to spend more time playing catch up.
Bring the Kids
Now, for parents the laundromat may seem boring and mundane; however, kids can view a trip to the laundromat as a whole new experience. Take advantage of their excitement by involving them in the process. Kids are more than capable of tasks like loading machines, putting money in the machines and measuring detergent.
Also, while you’re waiting for your clothes to finish bring along a book or games for your kids to play. Not only does this keep them occupied but you can read to them or play along with them, which provide valuable opportunities to connect with your kids.
It’s important to remember, Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! This means having a plan is a must. Taking the time to sort your clothes prior to leaving the house (or even the night before), opting to use the biggest washers to reduce the number of loads you’ll need to do and separating washing loads into smaller amounts for the dryer (to reduce drying time) will cut down on how much time you spend at the laundromat.
Did you go to wear one of your favourite shirts only to notice that it’s looking rather faded? Our clothes are a representation of who we are, they can embody our personality and even our interests. So, since our outfits can be such great tools in displaying who we are, how can we ensure our best garments are kept in top-notch shape?
Invest in Quality
The higher the quality of the garments you buy, the greater their longevity will be. This doesn’t mean you have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on your wardrobe and only opt for brand-name garments, but by investing in a few high-quality seasonal pieces, you’re creating a strong base for a wardrobe with longevity. With quality clothing forming the base of your wardrobe, you can then invest in cheaper, trendier garments for specific seasons.
Another aspect you may want to continue is quantity vs quality. Instead of buying a ton of cheaper items, maybe invest in a smaller amount of high-quality pieces that you know will last for years to come. To effectively achieve this, consider creating a budget for how much you feel comfortable allocating towards your attire.
Look at Laundering Instructions
Paying attention to the laundering instructions for your clothes goes a long way in maintaining their quality for as long as possible. For instance, if you know that hand-washing and line-drying are things you’re not into, then it’s best to opt for items that fit your style of care. Some basic laundry tips to keep in mind are:
- Wash dark clothing inside-out;
- Utilize a color-safe cleaner (unlike bleach);
- Minimize how often you wash your clothes.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Proper hygiene (i.e., daily showers, wearing deodorant and using correct undergarments) are all apart of keeping your clothes clean longer. Another valuable tip is wearing the right clothes for an event. If you know you’re going to an activity where you will get dirty, it’s best to wear clothes you’re okay getting dirty and nothing you want to keep clean.
As a kid, did you fear the things under your bed? Well, as an adult, you should worry what’s inside—especially if the bed goes unwashed.
The average bed holds thousands of skin cells and hair follicles. They fall off us when we roll in our sleeps. Unfortunately, these things attract dust mites. You can’t always see them, but they’re often there. Continue reading
For many of us, laundry is seen as a necessary evil. In order to have clean clothes to wear and to remove stains and allergens from clothing, laundry is essential. Despite its importance, many of us take vastly different approaches to the activity. So, what do your laundry habits say about what kind of individual you are?
“So Little Time, So Much Laundry to Do”
This tends to be the most common category and many of us may fall under this. Life can be so busy and we often have so many responsibilities, with work, schooling, family commitments and trying to have a social life, finding time for laundry can be a struggle.
Individuals in this category care about their appearance and want to look clean and tidy, so multitasking is an important skill to develop.
“If It Can Wait Until Tomorrow, Don’t Do It Today”
If you belong to this group, you don’t feel any sense of urgency when it comes to laundry. If you’re a laundry procrastinator, you’ll likely find any excuse to put off the chore or to get someone else to do it for you.
To become more diligent and develop a routine with your laundry, consider the following tips:
- Don’t overstuff the washer or dryer. This will cause your clothes to come out more wrinkled and less clean.
- Place clothes in color-coded baskets as soon as you take them off. This prevents you from having to sort them come laundry time.
“Dirty Clothes never Hurt Anyone”
If you’re in this category, you view dirty clothes a bit differently than the rest of us. A pile of dirty clothes doesn’t bother you in the least and you’re totally comfortable wearing the same clothes numerous days in a row.
Regardless of what approach you take to your laundry, here at WashDay Laundry Centre we can make your laundry an easy and convenient process! Not only do we offer over 60 coin laundry machines but our friendly staff also provide dry cleaning, full wash and fold services and much more! Come check out Durham Region’s premier laundry facility to see how we can best meet your needs!
Is today laundry day in your home? Even after all the clothes have been washed and dried, the laundry process is not yet complete! There’s still the task of properly folding and hanging all those clothes to properly hold their shape until they’re worn. Use the following tips to ensure all your clean clothes are correctly stored away for a fresh, crumple-free look!
Don’t Let Clothes Sit in the Dryer
When left to sit in the dryer, clothes will begin to wrinkle. To keep your clothes smooth and wrinkle-free, it’s best to remove them as soon as their cycle in the dyer is complete.
Consider the Fabric of Clothing
The fabric clothing is made from impacts its folding ability. Slippery items that don’t hold their fold well are best hung. This prevents clothing from becoming wrinkled. Silk, polyester and nylon are examples of fabrics that don’t fold well and are best hung. Fabrics such as knits and sturdy sweaters can be folded without concern for creases.
Avoid the Top Shelf
For all the tall people out there, you can ignore this part; however, for the rest of us, although the top shelf can seem like great storage space for clothes opt for a lower shelf. Many of us have probably experienced the situation of stacking clothes on a high shelf, only to knock the whole pile over when reaching for one of the items. Opting for a more convenient shelf or drawer can prevent you from having to refold clothes you keep knocking over.
Don’t Roll Your Socks in a Ball
Last but certainly not least are socks. Balling up your socks stretches out their elastics. The best folding method for your socks is to put them together and fold them in half.
Laundry is a chore that probably very few enjoy. Fortunately, there are ways to streamline the process and minimize how much of your day is devoted to this activity. Utilize these tips on your next trip to come out with clean clothes and more time left in the day!
Sort Prior to Getting There
Separating colours and whites, before leaving your house, cuts out one more step to do once you’re at the laundromat.
Instead of having to divide your clothes as you’re putting them into the machines, you can just put your already divided piles into their respective machines, saving tons of time!
Go at an Off-Hour
Planning your trips to the laundromat based-off what times tend to be least busy, is a great way to make your time more efficient once there. If the laundromat isn’t busy, you can do all your loads at once (by using multiple machines); at a busier time, this might not be doable.
Check all the Settings on the Machine
Checking the setting on the machine, before you start your load, is always recommended. You never know what the person before you was washing and they may have had the machine on a setting that isn’t favourable for your clothes.
Bring Your Own Laundry Detergent
Not only does bringing your own laundry detergent accelerate the process, it’s also a more economical option. By bringing your own detergent you can ensure you’re using the best detergent for your skin and avoid having to purchase detergent from the laundromat, which is more costly.
Here at Washday, we are proud to offer a variety of high-quality laundry services, including a full-service wash and fold, for our customers. We’ll handle all your laundry needs, so you can spend your day however you’d like!
Many of us wear baseball caps for such a wide variety of tasks that it’s not uncommon for them to become stained with sweat or dirt. From yard work to jogging, baseball caps can be used through it all. So, what is the best way to wash your hat and can it go in the washing machine?
A hat’s overall quality is one of the largest factors in determining how well it can be washed and whether it can go in the washing machine. In most cases, hats tend to do better when washed by hand; however, a high-quality hat should be able to go in the wash and retain its shape. Some of the factors that go into determining hat quality are:
- Quality of stitching;
- Hat material (polyester, cotton and twill are all materials that can be washed);
- Brim of hat (plastic brims can be washed well; however, cardboard brims can be damaged from being washed).
If you are going to wash your hat in the washing machine, use cold water and the most gentle wash setting.
Prior to washing a hat, check the manufacturer’s tag for washing instructions. If you’re dealing with a stained hat, make sure to apply prewash before tossing the hat in the washing machine.
What’s the Best Way to Dry My Hat?
It’s important when drying the hat to never put it in the dryer! Placing your hat in the dryer will cause it to shrink and lose its original form. It’s best to let your cap air dry.
To avoid your caps losing its shape after being washed, use some type of form to help the hat keep its shape. Whether this is placing it over a canister, on your head or some other object, try to find something circular that it can dry on, to best retain the original shape of the hat.
Dry cleaners offer a variety of services that help keep your wardrobe looking and smelling brand new. Here are some reasons why you should be taking your clothes to the dry cleaners.
We all love nicely pressed clothes that are wrinkle-free; however, many people view the time spent on laundry as time that could be better spent elsewhere. Utilizing dry cleaning allows you to just drop your clothes off and come back and get them later.
Our lives are busy enough as it is, trying to balance work and family. Using a dry cleaning service gives you the peace-of-mind that your clothes will be handled professionally, while you go about your day.
Dry cleaners are full-service clothing care specialists. In addition to keeping your clothes looking and smelling fresh, professional dry cleaners can sew on or repair loose buttons and perform alterations. So, if your favourite outfit doesn’t fit quite right, a dry cleaning service can administer alterations that will give you comfort and confidence in your outfit.
Whether it’s removing tough stains or knowing how to best handle different fabrics (leather & suede, wedding dresses and formal wear, etc.), dry cleaners have the knowledge and latest tools required to keep you looking fashionable and help you get the longest life out of your fabrics.
For instance, dry cleaning removes grease and oils from wool fabrics. Placing wool clothing in the washing machine can cause the clothes to shrink and become distorted. Having a dry cleaning service handle more delicate fabrics, allows your clothes to get cleaned without damaging the fabric.
At Washday we are proud to offer our customers laundry, alteration, dry cleaning and many more services, all under one roof, to make meeting your clothing needs as easy as possible.