Making It On Your Own: Laundry
So. Your course is going great, you’ve settled in fine… Problem is, Mum and Dad are nowhere to be seen and you’re finally facing the reality - you have to wash your own clothes.
But don't worry: we're on hand to help! Check our simple tips and you'll be a laundry master in no time:
Buy the basics
Invest in a laundry basket, and some detergent. It doesn’t need to be pricey, if it smells nice and won’t bring you out in hives (ask your mum), you’re good to go.
‘Non-bio’ basically means there are fewer chemicals so it’s less harsh on skin, but ‘bio’ is slightly stronger. So it’s up to you.
Check the label
Labels in clothes don’t just tell you size/brand! Although most laundry instructions are pretty generic, look out for ‘Dry Clean Only’ – before you make a huge mistake!
Don't give up on damaged clothes
There are ways of salvaging something ‘damaged beyond repair’. If you act quickly, red wine on your new cream dress can be gone in a flash – just pour on salt. Coat reminds you of an ashtray? Steam out smoke in the shower. Chewing gum on your hoodie? Stick it in the freezer and wait for it to harden so you can snap it off.
Avoid mixing colours
Separate light and dark clothes. If you can’t be bothered, at least don’t stick red jeans in with white underwear, okay? Trust us. If you’re going to ignore that advice, at least try using a colour catching sheet, found in pound shops.
Empty your pockets
Check your pockets. Your bus driver doesn’t accept soggy passes and you definitely can’t afford to be blamed for breaking the machines because you’ve left a 10p in your jeans.
Pour your detergent and conditioner in the correct slots, following instructions. Washing at 30 is generally the way, just make sure you have credit on your laundry app or top up card!
Set a timer
Keep an eye on the time to take your stuff out as soon as the load is done. It's polite, and great for your peace of mind to know your clothes are safe. Besides, damp clothes can get pretty gross.
Dry your clothes
Use the dryer provided, cleaning out the lint first. Make sure your delicate stuff is suitable and won’t shrink! Otherwise, invest in clothes–horse – great for saving money and energy.
Don’t overload the dryer – it will take forever. Be sensible – if you know your drying is going to take ages, try not to annoy everyone waiting.
Keep it tidy
Hang things up – or at least fold them neatly – that way, you'll save time having to iron them.
After you've figured it out the first time, you'll be set for the rest of the year. Good luck!
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