Shared Laundry Room Etiquette
Q. Can I use more than one machine?
A. Yes. But also don’t hog all the machines. It is perfectly permissible to use two machines (one for whites/lights and one for darks) at the same time.
Q. Should you remove someone’s laundry from the machines?
A. For the most part, you shouldn’t touch others’ clothes…it’s personal. But, if the owner of the clothes is no where to be seen, it has been for a period of time, and there are no other machines to use…then place the clothes in a basket (preferably theirs that has been left on top of or in front of the machine). You can also ask the manager or RA what is acceptable for that place.
Q. Do you have to stay with your clothes?
A. No. But you better set a timer so you get back in time to remove your clothes from the machines, otherwise someone may remove your items for you!
Q. Do I have to clean out the lint trap in the dryer?
A. Yes. Check the lint before you start in case the person before you didn’t clean it. Also clean it when you are finished with each load.
Laundry 101 Part 1: Sorting
Laundry 101 Part 2: Washing
Laundry 101 Part 3: Drying