Your student apartment complex may not come equipped with a laundry room – and that’s okay!
It doesn’t mean you have to go to the nearest laundromat to clean your clothes. Mom shares her college experience about doing laundry machine-free from the affordable comfort of her own apartment.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- A bathtub with a working stopper and tub grips or any other anti-slip material that attaches to the bottom
- High efficiency laundry detergent (pods may not work as well here)
- A milk crate
- An activity that requires an awkward amount of time – you don’t need to be away for too long, but just long enough
- An assortment of drying racks (which of course could include more milk crates if necessary)
- A floor fan
How it Works
- Wash you feet.
- Fill tub with warm water (not boiling so you don’t burn yourself) and add clothes.
- Add the appropriate amount of detergent for your load size.
- With both feet inside the tub, stomp, stomp, stomp. This should last for about 10-15 min for soiled clothes/work clothes, and about 5-10 min for refresh-me’s. [Pro-tip: turn it into a fun workout and blast your favorite stomping tunes!]
- Place clothes in a milk crate situated over the toilet to drain.
- Drain your tub, rinsing away any dirt/impurities that are hanging out at the bottom.
- Repeat steps 1-6.
- Place clothes milk crate-and-all in the now empty tub and stand on clothes to squeeze out any additional water.
- Let the crate sit while you do your activity. Some ideas for activities include: making dinner, walking your pupper, doing a few in-home workouts, and complaining to your landlord as to why the property doesn’t have a laundry room.
- Finally, hang your clothes on the drying racks in front of your floor fan and leave overnight.
Your clothes should be dry by morning!