Using a laundromat can definitely save you both time and money, when used in the right way. To make the most that these laundry facilities offer, it’s worth your while to try and understand the most effective ways to use them.
First of all you will need to consider your your total expense when you’re going to start taking your laundry to the laundromat. You need to add the cost of fuel for your automobile (or the cost of public transport) to travel back and forth to the laundromat and then of course there is the cost of using the machines for both cleaning and drying your clothes. We won’t add the costs of detergent and softener, because these are things you would also need to use if you were to do your laundry at home. So once your total cost is calculated this is something to keep in mind when comparing the cost of using a laundromat versus washing your clothes at home.
When you use a laundromat, you want to try and fill the washing machine with as much clothing as possible for maximum cost efficiency. So if you only have small load to wash on laundry day, you may want to delay your trip to the laundry mat, if possible, until you have enough laundry to completely fill one a laundromat machine. In addition, if you are in the habit of washing clothes once a week, why not work towards a bi-weekly schedule, and use one of the laundromat machines which has a higher load capacity? This, again, would offer really good cost savings over a weekly wash using a smaller unit.
When it comes to drying your clothes you want to separate them into two groups. One group for the quick drying clothes, and the other group for items that will take longer to dry e.g. towels. Instead of bundling everything together in one drying you will want to use separate dryers, so you save time and money. For each group, determine the maximum amount of time it will take to dry out, and only put the amount of money in each, that you will need to complete the drying cycle. Make sure your clothese are completely dry before taking them out and returning home. This is much better for your clothing and will make them stay in shape and last longer.Your time is valuable and this is one of the areas where 24 hour laundromats are can be useful to you. When you are at home you obviously don’t do the washing when you have other more important tasks to complete. One of the benefits of having a washing machine at home is the flexibility of when you do your laundry. So, the secret is to use your local laundromat throughout their most sluggish periods, so that you don’t have to wait for the size of washing machine or dryer that you need. You’ll normally find that week days are the very best time, and late at night. Or even the early hours of the morning, if your schedule allows.
A major benefit of some laundromats is that they provide a full-service where you can drop off your washing and an assistant will take care of everything for you. You can then go about your business and come back to a nice neat pile of clean laundry. Try doing that at home.