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Sunday at the Laundromat!

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 wasn’t able to avail of their free wash promo because they had it on Saturday, while I was able to visit on Sunday

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.

The place used to be a store that sold imported items. You can see the old signage at the back of my laundry companion

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.

They use LG commercial washers and dryers. Each pair, according to the attendant, costs P180k

The “tap-tap” card hehe that you use to activate the washers and dryers

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.

Around lunch time was good for me because the guests staying at the hotel in front would be out and about

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.

My two loads of laundry: 1 for the white uniforms, 1 for the rest

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.

Entertain yourself while you wait

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.

Rates

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?

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5 Comments

  • Reply Michi August 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I’m a laundromat virgin too, hehehe! When I was working, I tried laundry service, minimum of 3 kilos. Ang mahal niya compared dito sa self-service.

  • Reply May August 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    It’s funny how we don’t have a laundromat of this kind here in BGC/Makati West areas! We send our laundry to the laundry service in our street. But maybe when we move back to the south we will avail of the laundromat services there.

  • Reply Michelle August 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I haven’t tried using a laundromat yet! When I was still a kid, I fancy on having to try it kasi nakita ko sa Mr. Bean! Hahaha! Nowadays, marami nang laundromat shops. Meron pang may mga pakulo na parang coffeeshop and laundromat in one. Pagandahan ng marketing strategy. This is for the busy people talaga. And I like the idea of bringing your laptop with you so you can get things done while waiting for your clothes to be done. I would’ve done the same. 😀 but since I have a house helper ngayon na masipag maglaba, no need pa muna for a laundromat service. 🙂

  • Reply Angel Caronongan-Enero August 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Nauso na to ngayon, I think we have a laundry self service nearby. I haven’t tried using this kind of laundry self service but will definitely try one. I wish they have a coffeeshop nearby para kape-kape muna. hehe

  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin September 22, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I haven’t tried that yet. And even if we have our own automatic washing machine, I would love to try laundromat. Ive seen two already within our subdivision. It seems exciting even if it is just washing your clothes. Perhaps it is the thought of doing something not usual that makes it fun.
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