There are a lot of things I love about my apartment. It’s a second floor unit in an old craftsman home, it’s in a great neighborhood, and I have a great month-to-month lease going. It has its drawbacks, though. One of my neighbors is crazy. I think there’s a huge mold problem. It gets really cold in the winter. It doesn’t have a washer/dryer connection.
It’s the last one that was getting to me. For the first year that I lived in my apartment, I went to the laundromat almost weekly. I’d spend at least $5 each trip, plus the time and energy it took to get to the laundromat in the first place. That’s at least $15 per month, which comes to $180 per year, just to get my clothes clean. That’s not including the cost of laundry detergent or gas. On top of that, I really wanted to line dry my clothes, but my wooden drying rack wouldn’t support a full load of wet clothes, so I’d end up drying them anyway.
I finally got sick of it. I started looking around on Amazon, and I found this guy*. I’m not kidding when I say it changed my life. It costs nothing to operate, and it payed for itself in 3 months. It gets my clothes clean and doesn’t leave me with water running down my arms like handwashing things in the sink does. It requires a little bit of reprogramming at first, but I love my new laundry system.
The secret to making it work?
Make laundry a regular routine.
I used to set aside a block of time every week or two to go to the laundromat. I’d pack everything into my car, grab a book, and camp out for an hour and a half or so. Sometimes I’d run errands. Now I just fit laundry into my daily schedule. It takes, at most, fifteen minutes to do a load of laundry in the wonderwasher and hang everything up to dry, and that’s if I accidentally added too much soap. The loads are smaller, so I have to do several each week, but I’d so much rather spend 45 minutes per week doing laundry at home than $5 and an hour and a half doing laundry at the laundromat.
I’ve noticed very few drawbacks to this system. It’s pretty easy to keep up with, even when I’m feeling lazy and skip a few days. There are two areas where this system could use a little work, though: towels and underwear.
Towels, sweatshirts, and other things of thickness.
Towels don’t dry well on an indoor drying rack. Neither do sweatshirts. They end up smelling either like mildew or wet dog. I’m really not a fan of how scratchy line dried towels are anyway, so I still make a trip to the laundry every once in a while to address this problem. I’m thinking about getting a counter top dryer, but they are twice as expensive as the washing machines, so I haven’t decided if it’s worth it.
I have to double check my underwear to make sure it gets clean. Sometimes I have to rinse it out in the sink just to be sure. I don’t really mind, though, because the washing machines at the laundrymat rarely got my underwear (or the underarms of my shirts, for that matter) anywhere near as clean as I thought they should be. Wonderwasher does a better job!
To me, the drawbacks are minor. The system may not work for everyone, and it certainly doesn’t make sense if you have a washer and dryer available to you at no cost, but it’s the best fit for my situation and my ideals. Maybe it will work for you, too.
*Amazon affiliate link. I have no ties to the company, I just really like this product.