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Laundry Best Practices

Housing and Residential Life provides laundry facilities in all residence halls and washers and dryers in undergraduate apartments. The University Laundry and the Brumley Neighborhood Laundry are open 24/7 for Family and Graduate Student Housing residents.
These facilities are free of charge and are provided for residents only. Report machine issues to the HRL Facilities Office or the appropriate service desk. OSU is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Best Practices 

  • Always empty your pockets before placing closes in the machines.
  • Don’t overload the washers:
    • Top-load washers. Place the laundry in the basket loosely and not above the top row of holes.
    • Front-load washers. Place the laundry in loosely until the drum is about three-fourths full.
  • Use the right type of detergent: 
    • You can use high-efficiency (he) detergents in any washer
    • You should use only high-efficiency (he) detergents in front-load washers.
  • Measure your detergent. Using more than the recommended amount will not necessarily get your laundry cleaner.
  • The dryers in the residence halls and apartments are single-load dryers; they are designed for one washer-load and the lint filters in those dryers need to be cleaned before each load.
  • If you use a fabric softener in the washer, don't use dryer sheets. If you are use dryer sheets, don't use fabric softener. Using both can leave what feels like a waxy residue on your laundry.

Best Practices 

chart explaining washing labels


Laundry Etiquette


Washer Rules


Dryer Rules



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