Some tips for being a good neighbour and favourable fellow laundry-room user.
The experience of living in an apartment building is priceless, especially when it comes down to using shared laundry facilities. Here are some tips on good laundry etiquette:
Don’t Take Up All the Machines
If there are five machines, don’t use all five. There are other people who need to get their laundry done, and it’s very frustrating (and rude) when someone uses up every available machine. Divide your laundry and do it in shifts.
Be Considerate: Be There When the Cycle is Finished
It’s very easy to get caught up in another task while you wait for your laundry to finish being washed, but keep track of the time. You should try to be back to the washing machine at least a couple minutes before the cycle has finished. Not only does this speed up the process so that other people can use the machine, but it also prevents the risk of your clothes being stolen.
Don’t Remove Other People’s Clothes
It is extremely rude to remove someone else’s clothes from a machine. You should wait at least ten minutes after the cycle is complete before considering taking out someone else’s clothes. This is especially true with the dryer, as if someone’s clothes are still damp, they can accuse you of stealing drying time. Also, you put the other person’s belongings at risk of being stolen when you leave them out in the open.
Clean Out the Lint Trap
The same rule applies in any public facility – clean up after yourself. Clean out the lint trap in the dryer, make sure that Bounce sheet finds the garbage, pick up the little pieces of paper that didn’t survive the washing process, etc.
Grease and Grime
If you have clothes that are really filthy, whether covered with grease or with a terrible odour, don’t just throw them into the machine. Try hand washing first, taking the clothes to the dry cleaner’s, or take the laundry to some other professional. If you throw the filthy clothes into the public machines, other people’s clothes can come out stained or smelling terrible.
Beware of Bleach
Bleach can be a great thing, but use it cautiously. You don’t want to use so much bleach that it isn’t able to cycle through the machine properly, and you don’t want to spill it. Other people will be very upset if that beautiful navy blue shirt comes out purple.
If You Find a Sock that Isn’t Yours…
If there is a laundry table, leave it there. Don’t throw it in the garbage. The person who lost the sock may come back and look for it. Wouldn’t you be happy if you saw that a considerate person had left it for you to find?
Don’t Ogle Someone’s Underwear
It’s very uncomfortable for someone to fold his/her laundry if someone is standing there eyeballing the underwear.
If you see someone stealing someone else’s basket or clothes, report it! How would you feel if someone stole your items and the one and only person who saw it happen didn’t say anything?
Published in: Apartment Living