Freshers’ Week is over and the start of term is coming, but you’ve run out of clothes to wear and you’ve never done laundry away from home. Don’t worry – it’s not really that complicated to do laundry in halls! We’re here with some useful student laundry tips so that you don’t have to re-wear dirty jeans or shirts, or take a chunk out of your loan for spare pants and socks.
Keep a Schedule
The best way to prevent a laundry pile-up in your room is to do your laundry regularly. Try and set a time each week where you sort out your washing and stick to it. Why not try bringing some of your uni work with you so you can get two tasks done at once?
Always Read the Label
Those strange, esoteric symbols on your clothes tags aren’t just for fun; they’re instructions on how to properly clean your clothes so that they last longer. Put a cashmere jumper in a tumble dryer at 160C and you’ll have a crop top fit for a toddler at the end of the cycle. You can find a handy guide to the wash symbols on clothing labels on our Laundry Help page.
Find the Goldilocks Zone
If you underload a washing machine, your clothes will be sopping wet at the end of a cycle. If you overload the machine, it won’t clean your items properly. You need to strike a balance, but don’t worry – you don’t need to weigh your laundry basket before every wash. Make sure that the drum is at least a quarter full, but no more than three quarters full, and you should be fine.
Choose the Right Detergents
The easiest option is to use the detergent and fabric softener that your family uses at home, but if you’d like to branch out a little, here’s a quick guide:
- Bio detergent is good for cleaning stained, dirty clothes
- Non-bio detergent is better if you have sensitive skin
- Fabric softener is a nice bonus, but it’s not strictly necessary
You can use powder, liquid, or tablets, the last of which is probably the easiest choice as you just pop them in the drum with your clothes. If you use fabric softener, make sure it’s a non-bleach version.
Tumble Dry or Air Dry?
Whether or not you want to tumble dry your clothes or let them air dry is up to you; both are great options. Tumble driers will ensure that everything is dried faster, and you won’t have to waste precious by setting up a clothes airer. If you do decide to air dry clothes, don’t hang them on the radiators; as tempting as it might be, it will just cause issues with damp in your room.
Make Student Laundry Stress-Free
The stereotype of students having mountains of dirty laundry shouldn’t have to be a reality. Follow our tips and you’ll never have to worry about running out of clean shirts before a big night out!