1. Sort your laundry before going to the laundromat
Sort into different piles of whites, medium colored, and dark colored clothes. Some people like to sort & wash towels and sheets separately also.
2. Stain treat Before you go
While sorting your laundry into different piles, grab a spot treater like Spray N' Wash and spray the collar and pits of shirts and other items that have stains.
3. Check Pockets for items
To prevent ruining a whole load of laundry or certain items check your pockets while sorting your laundry. Its also not a bad idea to fasten velcro on clothing, unbunch socks and unroll cuffs. For bras, fasten the hooks (better yet put into mesh bag with your socks!) #1 item lost in a laundromat are socks. They can even slip behind the drum of the waher.
4. Pack up your prepped loads
Throw each pile separately into their own bag. You can use a garbage bag, pillow case, or buy some of our special Aloha Laundry bags with shoulder straps! You will be surprised how quickly you can get in and out when you have everything ready.
5. Check the machine before loading
If you have a big load, use one of our high-capacity front loaders. You will save money because they are water extractors also. Look inside to make sure there was nothing left in the machine like a brand new red sock! If you smell a heavy bleach smell...BE AWARE! Some people use so much bleach that residual could be left that will damage your whole load.
6. Carefull not to overload
Do not over-pack the machines, your clothes will not get clean! There will not be enough room for water to get through the clothes or detergent to rinse out all the way. Rule of thumb for the front loaders is to make sure you have a hand width from the top of the clothes to the drum.
How much laundry detergent?
Top Loaders / 25 Pounders
For our top loaders (white ones), they are standard home washer size. And these front loaders are our 25 Pounders which hold 1 1/2 regular size loads.
Pods = 1 - 2 Inside machine
Liquid = 1/4 -1/2 capful or 1-3 bar level
Powder = 1/4 - 1/2 scoop or 1-3 bar level
Milnors / 35 Pounders
These are our what we call "35 pounders". They typically hold 3 small loads
Pods = 2-3 Inside machine
Liquid = Almost full capful or bar level 4
Powder = Almost full scoop or bar level 4
40 & 50 Pounders
The machines hold 3-4 regular size loads. Fill to hand width from the top. Amount depends on how dirty.