Make laundry less of a chore, by doing your laundy on campus.  Students who live on campus can do their laundry in either First Street or Riverfront Housing.  There is a laundry room on each floor in First Street and on the first floor in Riverfront.  Students can use quarters or their Maize Money (M-Card) to pay.

 

Laundry Pods: Proper Use Provides a Proper Clean

Laundry Pods — those versatile, all-in-one laundry products —  have found their way into nearly every laundry room in the country. When used properly, pods have the potential to provide superior cleaning in a tiny package. However, as with any innovation, there initially is always some confusion surrounding proper use.

Don’t put it in the detergent slot!

While it may seem counterintuitive, laundry pods are designed to be placed in the drum with your laundry, before your laundry and never in the detergent slot. The pods are designed to dissolve in water, so be sure to handle them with dry hands. Just toss it in before your clothes for a top-load machine, or in the back of a front-load machine, and you’re good to go — cold or hot water!

“I had to use more because there weren’t enough suds!”

A common mistake users make when switching to laundry pods is that they overcompensate for the lack of sudsy water with additional laundry pods. Stop! Unless you’re doing a load of 20 pounds or more (which is well beyond what fits in a standard washer), or are experiencing very heavy soiling on your clothing, a single pod will do the trick.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need suds to clean laundry. In fact, too many suds can cause soiling to be redeposited onto clothing. Laundry pods are often a low-suds detergent, so don’t panic if you don’t notice the usual sea of suds.

Big convenience in a tiny package

If you’re like most folks, the less you have to carry down to the laundry room, the better. That’s when the small size and impressive cleaning power of laundry pods truly shine. As an added perk, laundry pods also include a stain fighter and brightener, saving the user from carrying a jug (or two or three) down to the laundry room. Convenience, superior clean and speed all in one package!

Hey… this isn’t candy!

Some critics have noted laundry pods come in what could be confused for a candy jar, with the pods themselves passing for alluring candies. While pod manufacturers have taken steps to reduce how visually enticing their product is and changed to childproof packaging, the concern for accidental consumption still exists.

Of course, we’re talking about detergent here — the same kind of detergent you would call poison control for if someone consumed it. Thus, it is important to treat laundry pods as you would any household cleaning chemical. Keep it out of the reach of children and educate your children on the dangers of such cleaning chemicals.

And please, don’t eat the laundry pods.

For more helpful laundry tips, visit www.washlaundry.com/residents.

You Don't Need Hot Water to Get Clothes Clean

When it comes to how you wash your clothes, you probably learned growing up that laundry should be sorted by color and washed at different temperatures. But according to experts from Consumer Reports, the traditional rules of laundry have changed.

Washing machine energy efficiency has improved dramatically over the past decade, and ENERGY STAR- rated washers are designed to minimize the need for hot water. In addition, detergents are now formulated differently, allowing them to be more effective at cooler temperatures. Just what does this mean for you?

Cold water does the trick

According to Consumer Reports, for regular cycles, you no longer have to use hot water to get clothes clean. Even though newer machines use less water, they are much better at cleaning than machines made 15 years ago or longer. By using the cold cycle instead of hot or warm, you’re helping the environment by saving energy.

Even if you’re trying to remove a stain, cold water is still a better option as detergents actually become less effective once the water temperature reaches above 75 degrees. This means a hot-water cycle can actually help stains set into clothing, and may damage fabrics and colors. If your clothes are heavily soiled, a better alternative is to select the “Heavy Soil” option for longer washing times and multiple rinses. For brighter colors, try cold water with a bleach alternative. An added bonus – cold water reduces wrinkling and can make your clothes last longer, as heat breaks down dyes in clothes and can cause shrinkage.

Of course, there are still some uses for a hot-water cycle, as cold water doesn’t sanitize fabric. When a family member is sick and potentially contagious, it’s recommended to soak bed linens and towels in hot water mixed with chlorine bleach to reduce bacteria. The same goes for cleaning dirty cloth diapers.

As an ENERGY STAR partner, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems is committed to conservation. That’s why we outfit our laundry rooms with high-efficiency machines that are specially designed to get clothes clean with cold water and reduce water usage. It is estimated that if you replaced 20 conventional commercial washers with ENERGY STAR – qualified units, each year you could save approximately 69,496 thousand gallons of water.

Washer Water Temperature Guide

How do you know the best temperature for your wash load? Before you touch that dial or select that button, consider this:

When to Use Hot Water – For whites, typically dirty clothes and diapers, use hot water (130°F or above). Hot water is best to remove germs and heavy soil. However, hot water can shrink, fade and damage some fabrics, so be sure to read your clothing labels before selecting the hot option.

When to Use Warm Water – For man-made fibers, knits and jeans, use warm water (90°F). Most of your clothes can be washed in warm water. It offers good cleaning without significant fading or shrinking.

When to Use Cold Water – For dark or bright colors that bleed or delicate fabrics, use cold water (80°F). Cold water also saves energy, so it is a good choice if you want to be eco-friendly. If you choose cold water, you may need to pre-treat or pre-soak your clothes if your laundry items are heavily soiled.

Also, it’s important to note that the lower the temperature of the water, the more detergent you need. If the temperature of the water is below 60°F, no soap or detergent performs well. But don’t make the water too hot. Washing heavily soiled articles with hot water can set stains. For heavily soiled clothes, prewash them in cool water, then wash them again in water that is 130°F or higher. The rinse water can always be cold without any harmful effects on the wash load. If you rinse the fabric in cold water, it will reduce wrinkling, save energy and it won’t set stains.

How Often Should I Wash This?

If you’ve been putting off doing laundry, those sheets, jeans, jackets and other washables could be harboring a lot more than some funky smells. Not only can dirty linens grow mold, mildew and bacteria, but they provide a wonderful environment for dust mites to grow and multiply – the most common year-round trigger of allergies. A survey by Coyuchi of 1,000 Americans revealed only 44 percentage of respondents washed their sheets within suggested frequency guidelines of every 1-2 weeks. Some of the most important items to keep clean are often overlooked on a busy laundry day. Keeping your clothes and linens clean is your first line of defense to illness, and hey— let’s be honest— it keeps you smelling a whole lot fresher.

As your partner in cleanliness, WASH has assembled a quick reference to help you keep clean while avoiding over-washing your favorite items. Of course, in the event of heavy soiling or illness in the household, your mileage may vary.

Sheets – Once a week is optimal, especially if you sweat in your sleep. Once every two weeks at most. Use high heat if you’re battling a virus.

Pajamas – Suggestions range from every wear to at most four wears. If you shower before bed, you can expect a few wears, otherwise they get dirty quite quickly.

Jacket/Blazer – Five or six wears is possible between washes, spot treat as needed.

Bath Towels – These are absolute breeding grounds for bacteria. Assuming the towel is hung to dry after use, you should still wash every 3 to 4 uses.

Hand Towels – Due to the nature of a hand towel, they generally see a lot of use. Change these germ-havens out for washing every two or three days.

Pillows – Wash these twice a year. Four times a year if you’re prone to drooling.

Jeans – A subject of much discussion, jeans get re-worn a LOT. The truth is, they should be washed at least every 4 wears. Think about the (lack of) cleanliness of every surface you sit on.

Bath Mat – A very commonly overlooked item, bath mats are prone to mildew and mold buildup. Wash every one or two weeks to keep clean, and hang over the edge of the tub after use to prolong freshness.

Pillow Cases – Once a week, an encouraging factor to keep those sheets cleaned weekly too!

Blankets/Comforters – If you sleep with a top sheet, you can wait to do blankets twice a year. If not, launder every two months, especially during colder periods.

Sweaters – Wool and synthetic blends can afford 5 wears before needing a wash. Cotton needs a bit more attention, after 2-3 wears. Of course, if you’re not wearing an undershirt with your sweater, it’s going to need to be washed after each wear.

Bras – Unless you sweat excessively, every three to four wears is ample. Overwashing can damage the elasticity necessary for proper support.

Underwear – This one shouldn’t need stating, but underwear should be washed after every one-day use.

Leggings/Yoga Pant – These gym-wear turned comfort clothes don’t have quite the lifetime between washes that many assume they do. If you’re actually exercising in them, they need a wash every wear. Otherwise, you can get away with 2-3 wears.

Heavy Coats – Most heavy coats need to be cleaned once or twice per season. Check the label for special care instructions before washing, just to be safe.

T-Shirts – Generally speaking, t-shirts should be washed after each wear. These daily-wear items collect more than enough sweat, dirt and dead skin cells to warrant a cleaning.

Dress Shirts – Due to their ‘‘outerwear’’ nature, dress shirts can be afforded 2-3 wears before washing unless you’re prone to heavy sweating.

Report a Problem

If you are having trouble using your M-Card to start a washer or dryer, please email to report the issue.

If you are having trouble with a machine, please report the problem using the FixLaundry App (available on the App Store or Google Play).  You can also use this online form to report issues.  If you are having trouble reporting the problem, you can call 800.342.5932.