The Laundromat Etiquette Quiz

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The Laundromat Etiquette Quiz
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About This Quiz

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
Putting your laundry load on top of an available machine when you walk in the door. That's it.
put your laundry load on top of an unavailable machine

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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
It's polite to wait to claim a dryer (or two) until the wash cycle is over.

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Is it OK to leave your laundry unattended while you run a few errands?
It's OK.
It's sometimes might be OK.
It sometimes might be okay to run a few errands while your machine runs, but only if you're back before the cycle ends. It's best to stay near your clothes.
It's never OK.

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Which of these should you do before you leave home with your laundry?
sort your clothes
Sort your clothes into loads before you leave your house. You'll save time at the laundromat, it'll make claiming your machines a breeze, and it's considerate of other people's time.
apply wrinkle reducer
consider the drying time

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What should you add to the wash cycle if your towels smell mildewy?
baking soda
bleach
white vinegar
Adding 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle will remove odors from towels and clothes.

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True or false: Adding a dry towel with your wet clothes will reduce drying time.
1
Adding a dry towel will reduce drying time (just remember to take it out after about 15 minutes for best results).
0

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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
Always dilute chlorine bleach in water before adding it to your clothes.
pour it over the top of the clothes

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When should you add liquid fabric softener to the load?
during the rinse cycle
If you're manually adding liquid fabric softener, adding it to the wash cycle will wash it away. Add it to the rinse cycle for best results.
during the spin cycle
during the wash cycle

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Which water temperature is best for whites and lights?
cold water
hot water
warm water
Wash whites and lights in warm water for best results.

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Where is the world's largest laundromat located?
Illinois
The world's largest laundromat has 301 washers and dryers, and is located in Berwyn, Ill.
Indiana
Iowa

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Are laundromat dryers hotter than home dryers?
Yes, commercial dryers get hotter.
Yes. Commercial dryers can reach higher temperatures than dryers at home.
No, they run at similar temperatures.
No, at-home dryers get hotter.

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Which material shouldn't be dried in a laundromat dryer?
nylon
polyester
rubber
nylon and rubber
Keep nylon and rubber from melting by keeping them out of laundromat dryers.
polyester and rubber
all three

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What's the last thing you should add when you're using a top-loading washing machine?
clothes
detergent
When using a top-loading machine, it used to be best to add your clothes last. But with today's phosphate-free detergents, add clothes first, then water, then detergent.
water

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What causes towels to lose their absorbency?
bleach
fabric softener dryer sheets
Dryer sheets cause towels to lose absorbency.
vinegar

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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
While the light from dark rule is popular, you can also successfully sort by fabric type, lint similarities and dirtiness.

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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
Take the time to look inside -- and wipe out -- washers and dryers before you use them.

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Which will speed up drying time?
combine fast-drying clothes
separate heavier loads
not overloading the dryer
all of these
Combining fast-drying clothes, separating heavy loads and not overloading the dryer are all ways to speed up drying time.

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True or false: Once you've run a load in the dryer, your next load will dry faster.
1
And that means you'll want to start with lightweight loads and finish with heavy items, such as bedding or towels.
0

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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
To keep back strain to a minimum, hold your laundry basket close to your body, and at waist level.

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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.
The best policy is, if the clothes aren't yours, leave them alone, but many people find it acceptable to give the person about 15 minutes in case they're running late.
No, I would never touch anyone's clothing.
I have always wondered about this.

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How full should the washing machine be for a large load?
about half full
about three-quarters full
For the cleanest clothes with the fewest wrinkles, never load the washing machine more than three-quarters of the way full.
as much as will fit

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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
All of these can help prevent wrinkles.

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Which is one of the biggest sins of shared laundry-room etiquette?
using bleach
leaving your clothes unattended
Leaving your clothes unattended in machines is considered rude.
not sorting your clothes at home

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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
High heat will set the tint, so don't put them in the dryer. Bleach-safe clothing can be soaked in a diluted bleach solution and rinsed.
throw them away
put them in the dryer

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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
While there is a vending machine, it's unspoken that you should bring your own basic laundry supplies from home.

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True or false: Using too much laundry detergent can leave soapy residue on your clothes.
1
Adding too much detergent can make too many suds, which can trap dirt and bacteria on your clothes during the rinse.
0

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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 a pole and bar above for hanging clothes.
a large rolling basket with two sorting compartments

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How long does a typical wash take at the laundromat?
no more than 30 minutes
While some washers will allow you to purchase extras, such as long wash or quick wash, most washers take no more than 30 minutes. Most machines will tell you how long the cycle will run.
about 45 minutes
no more than an hour

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What was the name of the national laundry chain that featured beer and TV while your laundry spun in the '80s?
Duds 'n Suds
Duds 'n Suds, which still exists today, was popular for its beer and big screens in the '80s.
Mr. Suds
Soaps-N-Suds

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How should you signal the machine you were using is now available?
close the door or lid
leave the door or lid open
Leaving the door or lid open when you're done using a machine indicates that machine is now free.
leave a note

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