If you’re lucky enough to be planning an RV trip for longer than a week or two, you might be wondering about your laundry. Some people might be turned off by visiting a laundromat, but they are missing out and all the time savings! The last thing you want to do is spent time in a laundromat while on vacation and this video will help you get in, out and on your way!
This may be a new idea for some but if you are out on an extended trip there will be a “hard stop” when everyone runs out of things to wear. Check out the tips below so you can be in, out and on your way till the next laundry day.
Picking the right laundromat
Keep your eyes open for cute, clean and even new laundromats. The cool thing about RV travel is you become very good at hunting out a town’s resources. Look for a laundromat on your way into a new location or Google map the area and find one in under 15 minutes from where you are staying. If you want to keep your commute time even lower stop with your RV on the way in or out of your destination. Many places will have large parking lots for your rig…but be sure to look on a satellite map to verify the parking situation.
Safety is a concern when you are in an unfamiliar area so if your gut says, “no!” to a laundry spot, then listen and move on. Look for spots that have an attendant, usually owner-operators that enjoy the work and take pride in keeping the shop clean. This is a good sign that the machines are in good working condition.
If at all possible it is nice to sort your clothes before you arrive. We all know about sorting darks and whites but now we need to start considering technical fabrics. Exercise clothes and lightweight fabrics are not made to withstand long periods of dryer heat. These cloths will need their own load so they can be dried lightly or for a short time. Some tags will even instruct you to lay the item flat to dry as not to damage the delicate fabric.
Then you have the darks, consider separating them by the weight of the cotton so they will wash well together. Have you ever dried t-shirts with cotton socks? The t-shirts (light cotton blend) will be done far quicker than the sock. So if at all possible it is best to separate things like softer cotton from jeans and heavier cotton socks. By sorting these fabrics correctly you will be able to time the dry cycle accurately.
Laundry Detergents and Products
There are great products on the market to keep your clothes from fading and looking warn out too soon. Look into what works well for you and your skin. One benefit of commercial laundry is you don’t need to use too much product. In fact, the machines do not respond well to using too much product. Symptoms being; overflowing suds, the machine being incapable of rinsing, clogging the drain and then having overly wet cloths that were not able to be wrung dry.
Some ways to help your laundry stay fresh longer are using extra scented soaps in your wash cycle. If you use some of these products be sure to use a laundry soap that doesn’t conflict with the new scent. Another way to keep your laundry looking great is to pre-treat those stains before you drop in the wash…or better yet before they hit the laundry bin.
Pods vs. Liquids…there is no doubt that detergent pods are the easiest thing to pack and use especially when you are on a trip. However, if you are going to use commercial machines you will want to have liquid soap as helps the machine create a better end product.
If you live in a dry area or if it’s winter, dryer sheets are a necessity. But some people have sensitive skin and the chemicals in these dryer sheets are too strong. An alternative to dryer sheets are re-usable wool balls. You can add essential oils to the balls for the desired scent, they can be used many times over and they help break up laundry in the dryer from getting clumped up so it doesn’t remain wet in some areas.
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Having your laundry dry in “waves”, by planing on getting out the lighter weight fabrics sooner, makes for smooth folding and gives you the ability to start commuting it back to the truck or RV one load at a time. Put your exercise clothes and lightweight fabrics, on medium heat, in the dryer first. Most likely, they will be done in under 15 minutes. Meanwhile, your other loads are still drying – multitasking at its finest. You can then move on to your darks and on to your towels.
You can bring small (re-usable grocery type) bags to help divide laundry after its folded so it can be given to the appropriate family member to put away. While you are folding you can use one of these smaller bags as a “privacy” bag so you can collect items you don’t want to be folding in public.
Laundry is one of those chores you just can’t get away from…unless you live in a city with laundry service…New York and Mexico have been my favorite on that score. So instead of resisting the piles create a plan and battle the chore as quickly as possible.
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