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Mini Washing Machines: For Washing Clothes in Apartments

Updated on July 29, 2011

Apartment Living Can Be Rough

We've taken for granted some of the minor things in life when we lived with our parents. Now that we're adults, we're stuck cooking our own meals and doing our own laundry, and it can be a real hassle for college students, or young men and women who just don't make enough income to be able to afford a real clothes washer and dryer. Don't worry, I'm right here with you.

When I moved out of my parents place, I moved into an apartment complex that charged $1.50 per load of clothes (even more to dry) and it sucked. I had to wait my turn if someone else was using the machine, and it was just plain expensive, but I dealt with it. I then moved out again into another apartment complex that didn't even have a washer or dryer, so I took my clothes to the laundromat which was a HUGE pain, and sometimes took my clothes to a relatives to get my laundry done a few times a week. But when you're a hard working person, and still can barely make ends meet, it's time to find a way to get your laundry done in a much more convenient fashion.

Washing by Hand

At first, I hand washed ALL of my clothes. A massive pain for jeans. It worked, but I was always worried that my clothes weren't as clean as a washer could make them. I'd fill up my bathtub with water, pour in my detergent, and beat the hell out of my clothes until I determined they were clean enough. Then I'd rinse, then wring them out, which caused my hands to blister. Then I'd hang them up on the shower rod and hoped they'd dry before I needed them again. It took hours. And my clothes weren't clean enough.

Mini Washers

I then invested in a mini washer. The cheapest I could buy. As a matter of fact, this is the exact one I bought right below.

It worked extremely well. The only problem was that I could only wash a few things at a time. I'd add 3 or 4 shirts, or a couple pairs of shorts, or a pair of jeans and some underwear. The machine worked great! Still took forever to do, maybe a little over a half an hour per load, 4 or 5 loads on days that I needed to do them. I'd do a 15 minutes cycle with the clothes, then empty the water, fill it back up, add the clothes and fabric softener, and run a second cycle as the rinse cycle, and I was done. There was still the matter of hang drying, which sucks, but at least my clothes were clean.

Other Mini Washers

After my first mini washer, I never had to buy another. It really was a life saver. Now that I have my own, bigger, place, I don't have a need for it. But I highly recommend having one if you're on a budget and can't afford to go out every few days to go do laundry all day at some other place than your own home. I've compiled a few more washers you may want to take a look at. As I said before, the one I owned was cheap, so these ones could work out much better for you if you can afford them.

I also looked up a few mini dryers. These may come in handy because, as I said before, hang drying sucks. Keep in mind I've never owned one, however I have used them before and they work extremely well. They're not as good as a large, regular, dryer- but they do dry your clothes. Also added is a portable clothes hang dryer. Even though hang drying is horrible, if you must do it, hang drying on your shower curtain can become a pain. I can tell you of numerous times where I've had to delay taking a shower because I had clothes hanging on the rod and no place to lay them down at.

Good Luck Out There

I know it's tough being young and not having made much money in your life, but don't worry, life is much less tedious without having to worry about the simple parts, such as your laundry. I hope this article helps.


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