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The Laundromat Etiquette Quiz
by Staff
A little pre-planning (and pre-treating?) can make a big difference on laundry day. Find out if you're practicing proper courtesy at the public laundromat.

According to etiquette, how do you claim a washing machine?

  • drop your laundry on the floor while you find payment
  • put your laundry load on top of an available machine
  • put your laundry load on top of an unavailable machine

When is it OK to stake your claim on a dryer?

  • when you claim your washing machine
  • when the spin cycle is over
  • when the wash cycle is over

Is it OK to leave your laundry unattended while you run a few errands?

  • It's OK.
  • It's sometimes might be OK.
  • It's never OK.

Which of these should you do before you leave home with your laundry?

  • sort your clothes
  • apply wrinkle reducer
  • consider the drying time

What should you add to the wash cycle if your towels smell mildewy?

  • baking soda
  • bleach
  • white vinegar

True or false: Adding a dry towel with your wet clothes will reduce drying time.

  • 1
  • 0

If the washing machine doesn't have a bleach dispenser, what should you do?

  • add it during the rinse cycle
  • dilute it in water first before adding clothes
  • pour it over the top of the clothes

When should you add liquid fabric softener to the load?

  • during the rinse cycle
  • during the spin cycle
  • during the wash cycle

Which water temperature is best for whites and lights?

  • cold water
  • hot water
  • warm water

Where is the world's largest laundromat located?

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa

Are laundromat dryers hotter than home dryers?

  • Yes, commercial dryers get hotter.
  • No, they run at similar temperatures.
  • No, at-home dryers get hotter.

Which material shouldn't be dried in a laundromat dryer?

  • nylon
  • polyester
  • rubber
  • nylon and rubber
  • polyester and rubber
  • all three

What's the last thing you should add when you're using a top-loading washing machine?

  • clothes
  • detergent
  • water

What causes towels to lose their absorbency?

  • bleach
  • fabric softener dryer sheets
  • vinegar

How should you sort loads of laundry?

  • by like colors, light from dark
  • by like fabrics
  • by like lint properties
  • by how dirty they are
  • all of these are sorting options

Which of the following should you do before adding your clothes to the washer?

  • bleach the machine
  • clean the lint trap
  • look inside the machine before using it

Which will speed up drying time?

  • combine fast-drying clothes
  • separate heavier loads
  • not overloading the dryer
  • all of these

True or false: Once you've run a load in the dryer, your next load will dry faster.

  • 1
  • 0

How should you carry your laundry basket, to minimize the strain on your back?

  • away from your body, at waist level
  • close to your body, at waist level

You need a washing machine, but the only one not spinning has wet clothing in it. Do you take them out?

  • Yes, of course.
  • Yes, but I'd wait about 15 minutes before doing so.
  • No, I would never touch anyone's clothing.
  • I have always wondered about this.

How full should the washing machine be for a large load?

  • about half full
  • about three-quarters full
  • as much as will fit

Which helps keep clothes from getting wrinkled in the dryer?

  • don't overload the dryer
  • fold or hang clothing immediately
  • shake each piece of clothing before adding it to the dryer
  • all of these

Which is one of the biggest sins of shared laundry-room etiquette?

  • using bleach
  • leaving your clothes unattended
  • not sorting your clothes at home

You didn't notice a stranger's red sock in the washing machine, and now your whites are all pink. What should you do?

  • soak them in a diluted-bleach solution
  • throw them away
  • put them in the dryer

Which should you bring from home if you're following the rules of the laundromat?

  • bleach
  • dryer sheets
  • laundry detergent
  • liquid fabric softener
  • all of these

True or false: Using too much laundry detergent can leave soapy residue on your clothes.

  • 1
  • 0

What is a laundry butler?

  • a large rolling basket
  • a large rolling basket with a pole and bar above for hanging clothing
  • a large rolling basket with two sorting compartments

How long does a typical wash take at the laundromat?

  • no more than 30 minutes
  • about 45 minutes
  • no more than an hour

What was the name of the national laundry chain that featured beer and TV while your laundry spun in the '80s?

  • Duds 'n Suds
  • Mr. Suds
  • Soaps-N-Suds

How should you signal the machine you were using is now available?

  • close the door or lid
  • leave the door or lid open
  • leave a note