Ack! Laundry duty follows me!
We are in Oakland, California….still. Waiting for our trucks going to Las Vegas to be ready. Probably tomorrow night, more likely Wednesday.
This is a great opportunity to get some laundry done.
When you make a hotel reservation – over the phone or online – ask if there is a guest laundry. Most, not all, of the major chain hotels do have a laundry facility.
It is, usually, behind a locked door your room key will open.
Fortunately this hotel has two washers and two dryers. Most hotels have one each and you have to hope that no one else has called dibs.
Check with the desk clerk when you check in. Ask if there are laundry products for sale in the laundry room or purchased at the front desk.
At $.75 a pop this can get expensive.
Especially when one wash load is $2.00 and all in quarters.
While the dryer is an additional $1.25, also in quarters.
Thankfully these machines are “Heavy Duty Commercial” and can handle a bit larger load than what you may have at home.
The washer has an agitator.
At home I have a front load…..yes, I’m a snob. A washer snob anyway.
The dryer in most hotels are “Heavy Duty Commercial” as well with a large drying drum.
I found a water tight plastic box at my local grocery store. It is a 5.8 quart “Lock & Lock” brand.
The lid has a blue gasket inside the lip of the lid. The four sides have holes that match up to corresponding, teeth for lack of a better word.
This particular box has a divider, of sorts, that I use to keep my Ziplock bags of detergent separate from my dryer sheets.
With these new concentrated laundry detergents it is easy to carry the amount you use at home. I scoop my cup in the box at home, eyeball the fill line, then dump into a ziplock bag.
I carry 10 to 15 bags of detergent in this plastic box.
A regular sized box of dryer sheets fit nicely in the box. I have a spot in the back of the pickup where this lives until I need it. Most times I’m home for a night or two and don’t need to find a laundry facility.
Maybe, if you are fortunate, you can get a jump on your laundry from the family vacation. Get away from the fighting and noisy kids for a couple hours. Leave the care and feeding of the young to your spouse 🙂
Just in case you need to know. The washers have a cycle – start to stop – of between 28 to 30 minutes. The dryers have a cycle of about 45 minutes.
Be sure to check inside the washing drum before you dump your clothes.
Someone left short pieces of a blue construction crayon in the washer. Of course I didn’t check first. That crayon made the trip to the dryer stowed away in a garment somewhere. I had lovely bright blue waxy stains on our clothes from undergarments to outer wear.
Just another traveling tip you may find useful….or not 😉