Clothes dirty? Haven’t washed in a few days?
So you have packed your bags full of clothes for every season. And then you end up throwing some out or donating some to charity to save space and reduce weight. So now you will probably be wearing some of your clothes a little longer. Keeping your clothes clean on the road is a challenge at first but there are ways to manage it well and for little cost. It’s actually pretty easy to keep everything fresh and clean. Below are some techniques I use that you could also adopt on your adventures:
The method is pretty easy to follow. Plug the sinks drain, add in your soap, add some hot water and wash the clothes by hand, the good old fashioned way! This is probably the most popular way that travelers clean their garments and it costs only for the soap (free if you collect some in the previous hostel or eatery).
If the drain in your sink is missing, then rolling up a sock or a cloth will work too, just stuff it in to block the hole. Wrapping the cloth or sock in a plastic bag will improve your drain blocker ability! Finally, rinse off the garments in the sink and unplug.
The world is full of coin operated laundromats. Although, these are usually found in the cities and larger towns. Occasionally, hostels and guesthouses will have a few machines, just ask at reception.
Basically you put your clothes in, set the temperature and time, add some detergent and put in your money to start the washing cycle. These are a great place to meet people and you can have a chat while you wait around.
The laundry lady
Depending on where you are, there may be a laundry service for a small additional charge. Simply arrange to have your laundry done onsite and you won’t have to worry about the wash-dry burden yourself!
Finally, drying your clothes
If washing your clothes with the wash-in-the-sink method, discovering an efficient, quick way to dry them is crucial! Depending on the weather and general climate of where you are in the world, drying clothes outdoors might not be an option to rely on. However, when the sun is out, and your hostel or accommodation does have an outdoor clothesline (very often found on the roof), drying your clothes out on the line in the fresh air will only take a couple of hours.
What is the weather is bad?
In places of bad weather or if you are in a hurry for a flight so you are forced to dry indoors, below is a nifty trick to speed things up for you:
Get a dry towel, lay it out over a bed, put your garment on that towel then roll it up really tight.
Additional moisture will be sucked out by the dry towel, giving you a faster dry time for your clothes.