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At some point in time, we’ve all needed to find a laundromat near me. Unfortunately, not all laundromats are created equal. So, how can you find the best, clean, safe, and affordable laundromat in your area?
Trust me, when it comes to finding the best laundromat near me, it pays to do your research!
The last thing you want is to waste precious time, energy, and money at a crappy laundromat.
In today’s post, I provide quick zip code searches for laundromats, including 24-hour and laundry services (in case you want to pay someone else to do your dirty work). I’ll also give you tips for finding the best, cleanest, safest, and most affordable laundromats in your area. Finally, I’ll answer some of the most common questions asked about laundromats, including helpful tips for laundromat newbies.
How to use the laundromat near me locators: Simply enter your zipcode in the box below and click the button. You may need to enable pop-ups for the map to show.
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Use the zip code search below to find laundromats in your area. Then, use the tips listed below to narrow down the list in order to find the cleanest, safest, and most affordable laundromats in your area.
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Tips for finding the best laundromat near me
If you used the zip code search boxes above, a Google map should have opened in another tab. You can use those results to research local laundromats in order to find the best one available in your area.
Here are the top 9 tips to help you find the best laundromat:
1. Read the reviews
While it’s true that reviews can often be skewed one way or another, for the most part, they are still an accurate way of gauging the overall quality of a particular business.
For example, I have personally been to the laundromat shown in the graphic above and I can say from experience that the reviews are on point.
What should you look for when reading reviews of laundromats in your area? Look for words like clean, friendly, well-lit, spacious, affordable, quiet, and modern.
Avoid laundrymats with terms like: dirty, gross, smelly, dingy, sketchy, dark, broken, and old in their reviews.
2. Note the location
Is the laundromat easy to locate? Is it situated near other businesses so you can kill time while your laundry washes or dries?
Tip: In terms of safety, the best locations for laundromats are in strip malls. They are usually well-lit and are close to parking.
3. Avoid popular times
Typically, the best days to do laundry are Monday-Thursday. Laundromats are busiest Friday-Sunday. If you need to do laundry on the weekend, try to arrive at the laundromat as early as possible to beat the crowds.
4. View the website
If the laundromat has a website, check it out. Unfortunately, most laundromats do not have a website, but you can call ahead of time with any questions you may have.
5. Inspect the photos
Look over photos of the laundromat paying close attention to whether or not there are plenty of tables available for folding, laundry carts, machines, comfortable chairs, a bathroom, and welcoming decor.
It is difficult to tell whether a laundromat is clean or not based on photos, but you’ll at least get an idea as to whether it is cluttered, the trash is overflowing, or the machines are in working order.
6. Focus on safety
Having a husband who works in law enforcement has taught me a thing or two when it comes to being aware of one’s surroundings. A safe laundromat will:
- Have an attendant on site
- Be well-lit
- Not allow people to loiter/sleep on the premises
- Have security cameras
- Be accessible to parking
- Not be surrounded by pawnshops, paycheck loan businesses, or bail bond companies
7. Verify payment methods
You’ll need to know ahead of time whether to stop and pick up quarters. You can call and ask whether the laundromat has coin-operated or coinless machines. If the laundromat has an attendant on hand, you can usually get change even if the change machine is empty or out of order.
8. Consider amenities
Air conditioning, vending machines, televisions, wifi, and working toilets…a good laundromat should offer these creature comforts. Trust me, you’ll appreciate these amenities if you have kids.
9. Things To Look For At The Laundromat
Once you’ve done your research and have stepped foot inside your chosen laundromat, you can use 4 of your 5 senses to determine whether you made the right choice based on your investigation.
- See-Evaluate the laundromat for overall cleanliness. Are the folding tables clean and free of debris? Are the garbage cans overflowing with trash? How about the tops of the machines? Do they have a layer of dust? Check the bathroom. Is it clean and well-stocked?
- Hear-Is there soft, pleasant music playing in the background? Are the tv’s blaring annoying (or inappropriate) shows?
- Smell-The air as soon as you walk in. Does it smell like cigarette smoke, the inside of a garbage can, mildew, or wet dog? If so, turn around and walk out. Also, smell the inside of the washing machine before you put your clothes inside, if it smells funky, don’t use it. If it smells strongly of bleach, avoid washing colors in it.
- Touch-Do your clothes feel just wet enough when you remove them from the washer? Or are they too dry or soaking wet? Are the clothes dry after a complete cycle?
Top laundromat questions answered
When are laundromats the busiest?
Laundromats are often busiest on Sunday between the hours of 12 pm and 5 pm, as well as weeknights between 5 pm and 8 pm.
Tuesday and Wednesday are typically the slowest days for laundromats.
Where can I get quarters for laundry?
Due to the recent coin shortage in America, many laundromats are experiencing a shortage of quarters. This is why it’s best to bring your own if you can.
After checking under your couch cushions and in all of the nooks and crannies in your car, where can you go to get those precious quarters?
First, try your local bank. Even during a coin shortage, they are sure to be able to trade your cash for quarters. Unfortunately, if you don’t have an account there, they may say ‘no’.
If you don’t have any luck at the bank, go on a hunt for places that have change machines. Such as car washes, arcades, and vending machines. Yes, you read that right…you can put money into a vending machine and hit ‘return change’ and you’ll magically get quarters back.
Can you get bedbugs from the laundromat?
Technically, you can get bedbugs anywhere there are soft, upholstered surfaces. So, yes, you can get bed bugs from the laundromat. After all, it’s where most people go to try and rid their bedding of bed bugs.
That said, there are steps you can take to minimize your chances of bringing home the little beasties. Like washing your clothes in the hottest setting possible. The EPA has published a handy PDF on how to avoid bed bugs at the laundromat.
If you’re a germaphobe, do yourself a favor and avoid Googling “are laundromats unsanitary”.
How much does it cost to wash clothes at a laundromat?
The average cost to wash a single load of clothes at the laundromat is $2.
The average cost of a dryer is also around $2 per load by the time you’re done feeding quarters into the machine at roughly $0.25 per 6 minutes of drying time (based on my local laundromat). Although, if you’re lucky, sometimes you can find large-capacity dryers that cost $1.00 for 45 minutes which is a much better rate (even if you don’t use the entire 45 minutes).
Do laundromats take cash?
Many laundromats still take cash in the form of quarters for their machines. However, as laundromats update their equipment, more and more are switching to prepaid laundry cards.
Should I leave my laundry at the laundromat?
The short answer is, no you shouldn’t. However, most of us are guilty of leaving the laundromat to do some light shopping or grab a quick bite to eat while our clothes wash or dry because…who wants to sit in a laundromat for 2 hours straight?
If you do decide to leave your laundry for a bit, take note of the time remaining on the machine. Set an alarm on your phone and be sure to give yourself enough time to get back before your laundry is finished.
If you do happen to run a little late, don’t be surprised if someone has taken the liberty of removing your laundry from the machine. After all, it’s rude to make others wait to do their laundry.
Is it cheaper to do laundry at home or a laundromat?
Of course, the price of doing laundry will vary based on location, the brand and size of washer/dryer used, the cost of utilities in a given area, etc. However, on average it is cheaper to do laundry at home versus at a laundromat.
The average cost of washing and drying a load of laundry at the laundromat is $4.00. (Excluding the cost of detergent and laundry supplies). You can skip the dryer to save money, but your back will pay for it in the long run.
The cost of washing a load of laundry at home will depend upon the temperature of the water, the efficiency of the washer, and the cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity (or therms for gas).
On average, you can expect to spend $0.50 per load (excluding the cost of detergent and laundry supplies).
At home, you have the flexibility of line-drying your laundry in order to save money on electricity. However, if you decide to ‘live it up’ and use your dryer you’ll also spend an average of $0.50 per load.
Plus, if you factor in the cost of travel to and from the laundromat as well as food you purchase to eat while you wait, doing your laundry at home is the far cheaper option.
That said, if you do not own a washer and dryer, a new mid-range set will cost you upwards of $1,500. I never recommend financing appliances (if you can help it), and I’d rather cut off a limb than buy a washer or dryer from a rent-to-own center.
So, if you don’t have enough cash on hand to purchase a new (or used) set, your best bet is to do your laundry at the laundromat (or a friend or relative’s house) until you can save up enough cash to purchase a washer and a dryer.
Bonus: Laundromat Newbie? How to do your laundry at a laundromat
Growing up, our family didn’t own a washer and dryer. Needless to say, I spent a lot of my childhood at laundromats. Once I moved out on my own, I spent many more years as an apartment dweller. Often, without a washer or dryer.
I’ve learned from experience that there’s a right way to do laundry at a laundromat.
BYOD-Bring your own detergent
Laundromats charge extra for convenience, so if you purchase your laundry detergent from the laundromat, you’ll pay double what you would at the store.
Also, liquid detergent often works better than powder in laundromat machines especially in front-loading machines due to the fact that they use less water.
Finally, there’s no need to fill the cap full of detergent. Today’s laundromat washing machines are designed to clean clothes with a fraction of detergent.
Don’t count on the change machine
See what I did there? If you’re going to a coin laundry, bring your own quarters. Never expect the change machine to actually contain change.
Separate your clothes ahead of time
Want to know the easiest way to sort your clothes? Invest in two laundry baskets. Designate one for whites and the other for colors. As you remove clothing or collect dirty linens, place them in the correct basket. I’ve been doing this for years and I no longer waste time sorting laundry!
Oh, and check your pockets and pretreat stains before you put your laundry in the basket.
Check inside and around the machine
Look inside the washer and dryer and for anything the previous user left behind. While you’re at it, take a whiff. If you smell a strong odor of bleach, do not wash colored clothing in that machine. Trust me, your black jeans will thank you!
Double-check the water temperature and wash cycle settings before adding your quarters and pushing ‘start’.
Before adding your clothes to the dryer, clean the lint trap, and check the rubber seals for anything trapped inside.
Don’t overload the machines
When loading the machine, your clothes shouldn’t go past the rim of the drum (the spinning part). If they do, either remove some clothing and do two loads or move everything over to a larger machine.
Use the right size machine for the job
Use the right size machine for the job. For example, don’t try and stuff a comforter into a single-load machine to save a few quarters. Also, towels and other bulky loads should be washed and dried in the larger (or mega) load machines so they have enough room to move freely through the cycles.
Fold before you go
If you take the extra few minutes to fold your clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer, you can usually skip having to iron them later.
Did these tips help you find the best laundromat near me…er you?