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Apartment Laundry Room Etiquette 101

Updated on June 23, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for over 7 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


So you have to use a laundry room or laundromat... sorry!

Do you live in an apartment building without washers and dryers in the apartments? Sorry, dude! Me, too! However, that is no reason to torture you neighbors by not learning some laundry room etiquette. We're all in this together! We all have one common goal: wearing clean clothes and being stink-free.

Also, this hub is for anyone that is unfortunate and forced to use a laundromat. Sorry, man! That is even worse. At least I take an elevator down about 10 flights of stairs. You are hauling your laundry to a car, or even worse, a bus! You have my sympathies. But we all need manners at the laundry room or the laundromat. I am here to help.

Get your stuff and go!

My biggest pet peeve is the person that leaves their stuff in the laundry room for an indefinite period of time. Sure, anyone can be a few minutes late taking their stuff out the washer or dryer. However, if you are hours late or even days late, there is no excuse. I personally will take your stuff and dump it on the counter. Would you prefer something nicer? Leave your basket on top of the washer or dryer and I will be more than happy to dump your clothes into that. Nothing personal. There are hundreds or even thousands of people living in your apartment building. We are all using the same appliances. Have a little respect.

Furthermore, to those that leave their clothes behind for days... WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? I don't have that much stuff. I also certainly don't have enough clothes to take a chance on someone stealing my stuff. What is going on? Seriously, let me know. Send me a message or something.

If it's not your clothing, then don't take it!

This should be basic knowledge but I guess it isn't.  Don't steal stuff.  It's not nice.  It's illegal.  You are not cool.  If I catch you, I am either going to scream at you, slam a laundry basket over your head, or call the cops.  Hell, I may even do all three, it just depends on the circumstances.  You know that song "She Works Hard for the Money" that was out in the 80s?  Well, that is me.  I work a full-time job and sometimes a second job just to buy what I have.  I can't afford for you to steal my clothes.  I am willing to bet no one can in my building or most apartment buildings out there.

Of course, sometimes people are taking your stuff for other reasons.  Let's explore that issue now.

Stop touching my bra, perv!

Yes, creepy guys exist everywhere.  Certainly in large apartment buildings there is bound to be a creep or two.  First of all, don't look at my bras and panties.  Yes, I wear them. I am a female - that is what we do.  If you really need to get some creepy undie fix, get a Victoria's Secret catalog or something.  Second, please don't steal my bra!  That is so dirty and so wrong.  I know this is usually more of a problem in dorm laundry rooms, but it happens in apartment buildings too.  So if you are reading this right now, please give me my pink bra back.  I really liked it and it was kind of expensive.  On second thought, I can only imagine what has happened to that poor bra - keep it!

Thanks for reading this hub!

If you've made it this far, thanks a bunch! I hope you've either gotten a laugh or maybe you've learned a little something about laundry room etiquette. Just remember, not too many people are excited about using a community laundry room. Since you are all there, you should do your part to make it a tolerable experience for everyone involved.

Now I need to run. I have laundry to do!

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That does sound really gross. I hate to think of what happens in the laundry rooms when I am not there and where some of the most disgusting clothing items are laying. Yuck!

    Thanks for your comment!

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    6 years ago

    The worst thing is to see people put their dirty laundry in the baskets meant for clean clothes. I've pointed it out to a couple of my neighbors who just shrugged. They don't get it or just don't care. Do I have to explain that I don't want my clean wash cloths to touch the same surface where their dirty underwear has been? Yuck.

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    Jeannie InABottle 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow! That was totally rude! I can imagine that happening though. They need to put locks on the dryers just like they put on the washers. That would help. Thanks for reading!

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    James Halpin 

    7 years ago from York, Pennsylvania

    Another great Hub! When I first moved out on my own I had to use a laundry mat. So I know the perils you have to endure. Once I loaded my clothes into the dryer and made note of the time left on the dryer then went across the street to Mcdonalds. I came back to my damp clothes in a basket and someone else's clothes in the dryer. The thief tried to say the time ran out. Which was curious since the time left on the dryer was how much time I had left. UGH!!!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I think this would be a great show. Or maybe it could be a reality TV show. I am sure E Channel would air it. They will show anything.

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    8 years ago from Salem, MA

    Dainties and Umentionables, the new Primetime crime drama following Lie To Me, tonight on Fox.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Haha... I have never been mistaken for being the laundry room attendant. I agree with you about the laundry detergent. Someone else's poor planning should not mean I have to share my detergent. I am honestly not that nice about it. I usually guard the detergent and tell anyone who asks that I am almost out.

    Oh no! This is true of the thief. The bra thief could be a woman. Sometimes a gal just wants a free bra. Of course, there could be other reasons, but we won't think about that. I do kind of have my suspicions about my bra thief though. It is definitely a man if I am correct. I am like an undercover missing bra detective.

  • NateSean profile image


    8 years ago from Salem, MA

    When I had my apartment in Burlington, the laundromat was right across the street from me. So I lucked out there.

    For me it's a nice quiet hour and forty-five minutes (depending on how long it takes you) to read, write, draw and just not have to be a part of the world.

    During that time, I hate it when someone mistakes me for a laundry room attendant. Because if I'm there for any concentrated length of time I must be getting paid to do it, right?

    Another downer for me is when someone forgets their laundry detergent and because they're too cheap to spring for what's in the vending machine, they ask or try to take mine. This can lead to violence on my part as detergent isn't cheap and the idea is I want to make this stuff last a year.

    And not to make you even more squeamish, but the bra thieves could also be women, for any number of reasons.

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    Angie Jardine 

    8 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    I really like reading your stuff, Jeannieinabottle. You can make anything funny and there's way too much seriousness going on out there.



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