I was a laundromat virgin until last Sunday lol!
To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I laundered my clothes. Ever since I got pregnant in 2011, I have used the services of nearby laundry shops. There’s just too much on my plate already, and if I could outsource a task without burning a hole in my pocket, I would.
When I gave birth, I hand-washed Yuri’s clothes myself (except for the times we had a yayey), but I still used the neighborhood laundry shop for the rest. A couple laundromats opened nearby around last year and I wanted to try them (I was so curious about self-service laundries haha) but I wasn’t too fond of the location. They were side by side so the location is pretty much the same. Both are located right by the highway where jeepneys and tricycles pass by (read: dusty) and parking is difficult.
But when a new laundromat opened last weekend that was a lot nearer, I had to give it a try. Apart from curiosity, it was also necessity that “forced” me to try it because I didn’t get to wash Yuri’s uniforms on Saturday (I was able to go home at already 10 pm) and by Sunday, when I was about to do it, I realized I ran out of laundry detergent! So I had no choice but to try the laundromat hehe.
I took my sister with me because she also had uniforms she needed to wash. We went there at around 11 am on Sunday morning, even when it was hot, because I think there would be nobody else around. And I was right! I just think it’s more comfortable to have the place to yourself.
Aside from the laundromat, we also had the attendant all to ourselves haha. She did not only assist us (I was a noob!) but also made a bit of chika. The name of the laundromat, by the way, is Active Clean Laundry Hub.
If you’re also a laundromat virgin like I was, I’ll give you tips on how to use it!
1. Avoid peek hours. I don’t know about you but I would like to be able to choose my machines and be able to use all the space on the folding table lol.
2. Spot treat the stains on your clothes at home.
3. Segregate your clothes before you leave to go to the laundromat. You could segregate there, but the space is limited and you wouldn’t want to place your clothes on the floor of a public place.
4. Bring water or a drink and a snack that is easy to eat (read: not messy).
5. If you work remotely, bring your laptop with you to get some work done while waiting for your laundry. You may also bring a book or a phone for entertainment.
6. I don’t know if this is true with all laundromats, but in all laundromats I’ve seen, they charge the same amount per load. The maximum is 10 kilos, but you’ll still have to pay 10 kilos’ worth of laundry even if your load is lighter. If you want to make the most out of your payment, make sure your load’s weight is around the maximum.
7. Finally, buy your own liquid detergent and fabric conditioner. I didn’t have any with me last Sunday because I ran out of detergent at home, so I had to buy them from the laundromat. Of course they marked the products up for profit. I suggest you buy a big bottle of both plus whatever else you use for your laundry. My laundromat recommends Ariel liquid detergent.
I actually enjoyed the time I spent in the laundromat. Must be a testament to how boring I am as a person hahaha, but I was able to have some “me-time” washing the laundry. How about you? Do you use the laundromat, too?