Laundry Tips for College Students

9 essential washing tips to keep your wardrobe fresh all semester long!

  • Have a set ‘laundry day’
  • Sort your laundry
  • Read the care labels carefully – washing at the correct temperatures will prevent shrinkage or damage
  • Treat stains immediately – the longer you leave the stain, the harder it will be to remove completely in the laundry
  • Don’t overload the washing machine
  • Turn clothes inside out – this helps clothes to fade less, particularly T-shirts
  • Swap liquid detergent to ‘pods’
  • Wash at a low temperature – this will ensure that your clothes are clean and reduce the risk of clothes fading or shrinking in the wash. Plus, it’s more cost-effective and good for the environment.
  • Unload the washer/dryer straight away – this helps clothes to fade less, particularly T-shirts



Make The Best Of Communal Laundry Space

Do you want to be a good neighbor? The golden rule applies to the laundry room as well. To make it easier, follow these simple guidelines for using shared laundry spaces.

Do: Bring Your Own Supplies.

Tired of playing the guessing game in the laundry room? Don’t risk turning a neighbor into an enemy by using their supplies. Take control and bring your own! Keep your supplies in one place under your clothes for easy access.

Supply checklist:

  • Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Stain fighter (optional)

Don’t: Leave Wet Laundry in the Washing Machine.

Newton’s Law of Laundry: When you’re washing, so is someone else. Remember to switch your laundry promptly to the dryer so others can use the machine. Set a timer to help you remember and avoid mildew and bad smells. Being considerate goes a long way!

Do: Know The Building’s Rules & Hours.

Doing laundry late at night might seem convenient, but it can lead to noise complaints or breaking your lease. Check your building’s rules before washing clothes off-hours to avoid disturbing others. Make sure there are no restrictions on when you can use the laundry room.

Don’t: Lose Your Cool.

Communal Living means being patient when others don’t follow your rules. If you need to use the dryer but it’s full, wait at least 10 minutes before moving their clothes. Be polite when taking out their belongings and use a basket if available to avoid dropping clothes on the dirt floor.

Do: Clean Out Lint.

Always clean the lint screen in the laundry after drying your clothes, especially if you share the machine. It only takes a few seconds to help others.

Don’t: Treat the Laundry Room Garbage Like Your Personal Trash Can.

It’s okay to eat a sandwich while waiting for your clean laundry, but don’t throw the wrapper in the garbage in the laundry room. Only lint and dryer sheets go there to avoid bad smells. Keep your smelly trash in your own can and be considerate of others during chores.

Tips to Keep Your Towels Softer Longer

How to Soften Towels.

Everyone loves a soft, absorbent towel.  But even after buying the most soft and plush towels, they can end up feeling scratchy & stiff after a few months?  Why?

It has to do with how they’re washed (and dried).  Every towel will get this way if body soil, oils, detergents, chemicals, and minerals are left in the fibers after washing.  Most of the time, the softness can be brought back by following some easy steps:

  • Increase the water temperature – warm or hot water will produce best results.
  • Don’t overload your washer.
  • Replace fabric softeners with distilled white vinegar – this will combat the residue that reduces absorbency
  • Use wool dryer balls and a lower heat setting – this keeps towels fluffy.


Three Reasons to Wash Your Sheets Weekly

Wash Sheets Weekly – Here’s Why.

Studies show that washing your sheets weekly can lead to better sleep.  And if that isn’t enough. Here are three more reasons why:

  1. You shed thousands of skin cells when you sleep – and dust mites love to feed off dead skin.
  2. You sweat while sleeping – and body soils transfer to your sheets.
  3. You drool at night – when you’re sleeping your swallowing reflexes relax which can allow saliva to escape from your mouth.

There’s a lot more to washing your sheets than just having that comfy, clean bed feeling.  You can reduce the build-up of dirt, skin, sweat & oils with weekly sheet washing.

The Best Temperature for Your Laundry

Hot, Warm or Cold – Here’s What Settings to Select & Why.                             

Choosing the best water temperature for your laundry doesn’t have to be a mystery.  Before you get started, CSC recommends to:

Read Garment Care Labels – this will give you the info you need to choose the best water temperature and right type of wash cycle.

Sort Dirty Laundry after you’ve checked the labels, sort your laundry by color, fabric type and washing temperature.

Choose Cold Water if in Doubt – if a label is missing or unclear, wash clothes (especially if colored) in cold water.  This will prevent any damage to fabric such as shrinking, fading or color bleeding.

Once ready, here are the wash settings CSC recommends.

Hot Water

  • Best used for white cotton clothes, bed & kitchen linens, bath towels, soiled, stained or sweaty garments.
  • Cleans heavy soils and stains, sanitizes linens
  • Can fade colors or shrink if the wrong items

Warm Water

  • Best used for man-made fabrics like nylon, polyester, spandex, rayon, fabric blends and lightly soiled clothes.
  • Helps to dissolve detergents and offers more energy efficiency than hot water.
  • Can fade some colors, does not sanitize, will not remove heavy soils and stains

Cold Water

  • Best used for bright-colored clothes and delicate fabrics
  • Most energy efficient and less likely to shrink or fade items
  • Can be used on any fabric, but less efficient in removing stains


Kitchen Essentials to Wash More Often

Did you know you could wash these kitchen items?

You know it’s best to wash your kitchen towels (for dishes and hands) daily, but did you know that these other kitchen items should also be washed regularly.

Silicone baking mats & molds – toss in with regular laundry and put small items in a mesh laundry bag.  Make sure to air dry.

Oven mitts & hot pads – wash and dry along with your kitchen towels

Small Kitchen Rugs  – be sure to shake out in advance of washing, wash separately, and dry on low heat.

Mop heads, sponges & rubber gloves – remove from handles and place in mesh laundry bag with a load of towels.  Dry completely before storing.


Closet Items to Wash Every Season

Don’t forget to wash what’s in your closets.  

It’s easy to forget to care for items we keep in our closets, but things like jackets, bags & sports gear need regular washing to keep them looking good.  CSC recommends washing these items with the change of every season, or more often as needed.

Jackets: be sure to check washing & drying instructions beforehand.

Sports Gear: shin guards, knee pads, compression sleeves & yoga mats

Backpacks & Duffel Bags: fabric & vinyl ones can be tossed in the washer with a regular load of similar colored laundry

Soft-Sided Lunch Bags & Boxes: have potential to be contaminated with bacteria from the foods inside and need to be washed regularly.

Reusable Grocery Bags: especially those used for produce & meats should be washed after every use.


Bedroom Essentials to Wash More Often

When was the last time you washed them?  

Studies show that washing sheets weekly can lead to better sleep – and we all know there’s nothing better than crawling into bed with clean ones.  But what about clean pillows, mattress pads, blankets & comforters – when was the last time you washed them.

Just a few tips before you get to washing.

  • Feather or polyester-filled bed towels & mattress pads can be tossed in the washing machines – foam ones cannot.
  • Make sure to give pillows, pads & comforters room to move, and don’t overfill the washer.
  • Follow instructions on tags for heat or air drying.


Why to Wash New Clothes Before You Wear Them

Are you someone who likes to wear new clothes straight from the store or the delivery package, without washing them first? While it might be difficult to resist the perfect feel of wearing new clothes, it is recommended that any clothing worn in direct contact with your skin (especially things like underwear, t-shirts or shorts) be washed before wearing. Here’s why:

New clothes can be home to pathogens or germs.

After clothes are made in a factory, they are packaged and sent from one place to another through various modes of transport before they reach the store. In this process, your new clothing item may have encountered pathogens and germs along the way. While you may not be able to see these microscopic organisms, but that does not mean that they don’t exist.

New clothes may have lingering bacteria.

Depending on how long clothes have sat in the store, and how many people have tried them on, it is possible that bacteria can linger in the fibers and be transferred from one person to another through the fabric.

New clothes can contain chemical irritants.

Many manufacturers include chemical finishes on clothes to enhance their texture and reduce wrinkles, which can irritate sensitive skin.

New clothes can transfer dye to your skin.

Fabrics made from synthetic fibers can be colored with dyes that can be transferred to your skin or other garments leading to irritations or stains.

Running your clothes through the wash cycle a second time without the soap will help get rid of any residual detergent and help your clothes last longer. You’ll be amazed at how much soap is still in the drum during this second “wash.”

While you likely will not experience any serious health issues by not washing clothes before wearing them, more than anything – washing clothes before wearing is just good personal hygiene. Before washing, make sure to follow the instructions on the care tag.

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