Laundry, how to do laundry or wash when traveling as a tourist or traveler.

Laundry refers to the act of washing clothing and linens, the place where that washing is done, and/or that which needs to be, is being, or has been laundered.


Laundry, how to do laundry or wash when traveling as a tourist or traveler.

Proper Use of Fan to Dry Clothes Cool and Ventilate Hotel Room

A floor fan is best, point at a clothesline of clothes, turn to window and use as exhaust fan, or point down at you feet in the bed to cool your body.

Video Explaining How to Dry a Shirt in Less than Two Hours in a Hotel Room with a Fan

Want to know how to dry a shirt or dress in less than two hours without a dryer, this video shows how to use a fan to do this with a fan.

Video of Travel Journal and How My Collars are Stretching, I Need to Buy New or Find Dryer

I am in the Dominican Republic, where the laundry cost more than anywhere I have been on Planet Earth.

Video Travel Tip About Weighing Your Laundry for Airplane Luggage and Laundry

Travel tip on laundry, I went to UPS and weighed some laundry.

Hotel Laundry Service
The cheapest Mom and Pop Hotel on the planet will assist you in having your laudry cleaned. If the Hotel does not know of a service, or will not provide, you should stop and ask youself if the Hotel is adequate. Any person that loves their Hotel would stay long enough to need this service, if they do not know, then maybe nobody enjoys the Hotel. 

  1. By the piece is triple the cost of normal laundry.
  2. Price need to clearly posted.
  3. Watch the clothes being weighed prior to releasing by the pound or kilo.
  4. Telling you go down the road is normally better than in house.
  5. Count your clothing pieces and have this number marked on the receipt.
  6. Do not wash clothes the day before you leave.



  1. 2 Day Rule on Wearing Clothes
    - Wear Clothes two days before cleaning, unfortunately many backpacker make is many days more, this this is a real problem if you are the roommate.
  2. Air Conditioned Drying of Laundry
  3. Air Dry Clothes Fast
  4. Body Odor
  5. Bucket
  6. Cold Weather Drying of Clothes
  7. Cooking Clothes to Disinfect
  8. Clothesline
  9. Cord or Rope
  10. Disinfect your clothes
  11. Fan Drying of Wet Clothes under Center of Room Fan
  12. Fan Drying of Wet Clothes with Floor Fan
  13. Fungus
  14. Itching
  15. Hot Water Cooker
  16. If clothing is not dry, or the clothes dried to slowly, body odors will be accentuated.
  17. Kilos Vs Pounds Laundry Scam
  18. Laundry Bag
  19. Laundry Day
  20. Laundry Included with Room Option
  21. List of reasons to carry a bucket when traveling?
  22. Niger Wet Laundry
  23. Pail
  24. Sink
  25. Shower Head Spray Concentrator
  26. Spicket is not in Room to fill Bucket
  27. T-Shirt as a Laundry Bag
  28. Travel Health
  29. Travel Showers
  30. Traveler Laundry or Washing of Clothes
  31. Underwear Problem with Travelers
  32. Washing Clothes while in Shower

Hand Wash Procedure

Powder soap
Rubber drain stop

Best to start with clothing wrong way out.
This should be done in the early morning to allow the maximum amount of time to dry.
Fill bucket with as hot as water as possible.
Put powdered soap into bucket.
Place clothing into bucket and allow to soak for up to eight hours.
Use your foot or hands to agitate the water occasionally.
You may wish to rub pieces of clothing against themselves.
Make a pile of powered soap on the floor.
Use a sock or underwear for a brush
Dip the sock into the powders soap and scrub the clothing, taking special care with problem areas.
To clean properly, you should wash the clothing then turn inside out to do the other side

Fill bucket and rinse clothing, it will probably require you to fill the bucket three times.

Take all the clothes out of the bucket and put in sink or location where they can drain.
Hand Twist clothing
Place foot on end of pieces of clothing to get a better leverage

Wrap in sheet from the bed and twist until water is soaked into the sheet.

Use the hinge of doors, there is almost always one door in a hotel room.
Parachute cord from and army surplus store makes a good line.
Clothespins makes life easier, however not required.
Shake clothing to remove the wrinkles, each wrinkle cause a wet area to remain.
Use clothespins if possible
Hang on clothesline with the most amount of clothing surface showing.
Reverse from top to bottom occasionally.
Flip over occasionally
Pull the pockets out of clothing if possible and expose to air.
Clothes need to dry within 24 hours or you should not start to wash, a good wringing and normally make this happen.
Wring out the bottoms of articles of clothing as they water leeches to bottom.
Hand shirts up by sleeves because the armpits of shirts are retain water.
Socks need to have all wrinkles removed



  1. You should be able to see the washing machines and dryers
  2. If it is raining, you must see a dryer or expect your clothes to come back wet.
  3. If possible, give on one color of clothing to people washing clothes.
  4. 25 cents US is the the fair price for one pair of pants, a person should pay less than 1 dollar per kilo or 50 cents per pound.
  5. Do not give your laundry for cleaning the day before you leave unless you know the cleaners.


Laundry Defined Laundry was first done in watercourses , letting the water carry away the materials which could cause stains and smells. Laundry is still done this way in some less industrialized areas and rural regions. Agitation helps remove the dirt, so the laundry is often rubbed, twisted, or slapped against flat rocks. Wooden bats or clubs could be used to help with beating the dirt out. These were often called washing beetles or bats and could be used by the waterside on a rock (a beetling-stone), on a block (battling-block), or on a board. They were once common across Europe and were also used by settlers in North America, similar techniques have also been identified in Japan.

Various chemicals may be used to increase the solvent power of water, such as the compounds in soaproot or yucca-root used by Native American tribes. Soap, a compound made from lye (from wood-ash) and fat, is an ancient and very common laundry aid. However, modern washing machines typically use powdered or liquid laundry detergent in place of more traditional soap.

When no watercourses were available, laundry was done in water-tight vats or vessels. Sometimes large metal cauldrons were filled with fresh water and heated over a fire; boiling water was even more effective than cold in removing dirt. The washboard, a corrugated slab of a hard material such as metal, replaced rocks as a surface for loosening soil.

Once clean, the clothes were wrung out — twisted to remove most of the water. Then they were hung up on poles or clotheslines to air dry, or sometimes just spread out on clean grass.


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