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Thread: laundromat prices have gone up!

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    Today I took 6 quilts and 4 comforters to the laundromat. It cost me almost $30 to wash and partially dry them. Wow! Some of the washing machines cost 21 quarters, others were 17 and 12. That's just crazy! My dryer has been running ever since I got home to dry them more. Plus I have them all over the house laying over chairs and on railings. The things I go through when my sisters are coming to visit!

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    Yuk!

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    wow, that is expensive

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    Wow! That must be those huge washer and dryers ! I hope u were able to wash more than 1 @ a time!!

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    Is line drying an option? I think my grandma dried all of the quilts and sheets on the line. Are you concerned about fading?

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    Yup, I had to find out the hard way...my dryer broke, so I've been going to the laundry to dry things for the past 2 months.

    I remember when a dryer would cost 10cents...now they are $1.50!

    I usually dry for one cycle and then bring stuff home and hang it up to finish drying.

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    $1.50? That's pretty good. Last time I had to use them, and Thank God it was several years ago, it was $2.00, and that was for the cheap place, not the nice place.

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    When I was a teenager I would let my laundry pile up until my mother wouldn't let me use the washer and dryer to wash all day. I would call my best friend and we would spend the day at the laundromat doing our laundry. Weeks later we would do it all over again. I took a roll of quarters and a roll of dimes and that did 10 washloads.

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    In Poland, where I live, most people here just hang their clothes to dry. They use something like a clothes horse for inside their apartments--as the avg. apt. is about 500 square feet.

    Most people here don't own dryers. I think they usually just hang big things outside to dry.

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    I agree with flour sack mama about the line drying. If that is possible for you to do. I live out of town and my closest neighbor is 3/4 mile away from us. I asked DH to put up a clothes line for me out back and he did it yesterday. Now I line dry the clothes til they are just a little damp. Then finish them in the dryer long enough to get the stiffness and wrinkles out. A friend of mine told me her daughter started doing this and her electric bill dropped $55 the 1st month. I hope mine drops too. It's been pretty high lately. crafty_linda_b

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    Sheets are the only thing I dry 100% in the dryer. Everything else, I take out of dryer when still pretty damp & hang them on hanger on on the 4 clothes lines I have over my washer & dryer. I do almost no ironing when I do it this way & only use a tiny bit of fabric softener in the winter.

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    holy cow, that's a lot of money

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    We took a sleeping bag to the laundry a few months ago and it was $12 to get it done. Now this was leaving it and letting them do it, but still way more than expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flour Sack Mama
    Is line drying an option? I think my grandma dried all of the quilts and sheets on the line. Are you concerned about fading?
    I dried all my clothes on the outdoor clothesline at my old house - well, in the spring, summer and fall! Now I live in the woods. I tried a clothesline at first but got too much crap falling from the trees and bird poop.
    I was able to put 3 quilts in one of the largest washers and 2 comforters in another. Not much would fit in the smallest (cheapest) washers. The dryers were 50 cents for 10 minutes. I ran them all for at least 20 if not 30 minutes. Boy, a couple of those dryers ran really hot, even on medium!
    My son and daughter living in Korea do not have a dryer. They have a nice sturdy rack to dry everything on. We Americans are so spoiled! But I like it!

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    Wow, it's been a long time since I used a laundromat. I had no idea it had gotten so expensive!

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    That is terrible

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty_linda_b
    I agree with flour sack mama about the line drying. If that is possible for you to do. I live out of town and my closest neighbor is 3/4 mile away from us. I asked DH to put up a clothes line for me out back and he did it yesterday. Now I line dry the clothes til they are just a little damp. Then finish them in the dryer long enough to get the stiffness and wrinkles out. A friend of mine told me her daughter started doing this and her electric bill dropped $55 the 1st month. I hope mine drops too. It's been pretty high lately. crafty_linda_b
    Yup my last electric bill was $34...and it's usually $80...so I saved almost $50 off my bill by drying my clothes at the landry mat...I went there 4 times during the month and spent about $4 each time, so that's still a good savings and all my drying is done in 30 minutes.

    maybe I don't want to buy a new dryer...lol...

    of course, my dryer was like 20 years old, so it was an energy hog....if I bought one of the new ones, it wouldn't cost as much to run as the old one.

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