If you’re traveling, backpacking, or staying in a hotel without access to laundry facilities, washing your clothes in a bathroom sink can be a quick and convenient easy laundry solution when traveling.
Here are some tips to make the process as easy and effective as possible:
- Choose the right detergent: Look for laundry soap sheets! They are super easy to travel with and these specific ones don’t contain some common harsh ingredients. Alternatively, you can use a bar of soap, which is especially handy for hand-washing delicates.
- Fill the sink with warm water: Turn on the faucet and fill the sink with warm water. Make sure the water is not too hot or too cold, as extreme temperatures can damage your clothes.
- Add detergent: Add a small amount of detergent to the water and swish it around until it dissolves.
- Soak your clothes: Place your clothes in the sink and press them down into the water. Let them soak for a few minutes, depending on how dirty they are. Avoid overcrowding the sink, as this can make it harder to clean your clothes properly.
- Scrub your clothes: Use your hands to gently scrub your clothes, paying extra attention to any stains or dirty areas. Be careful not to be too rough, as this can damage delicate fabrics.
- Rinse thoroughly: Drain the soapy water and refill the sink with clean water. Rinse your clothes thoroughly, making sure to remove all traces of soap.
- Squeeze out excess water: Carefully remove your clothes from the sink and gently squeeze out any excess water. Do not wring or twist your clothes, as this can damage the fabric.
- Hang to dry: Hang your clothes to dry, either on a clothesline, hanger, or towel rack. Avoid direct sunlight, as this can cause colors to fade. Depending on the humidity and temperature, your clothes may take a few hours or a day to dry completely.
Washing your clothes in a bathroom sink may not be the most glamorous task, but it’s a useful skill to have when traveling light or in a pinch. With a few simple steps, you can keep your clothes clean and fresh, no matter where your adventures take you. I’m continuously adding to my list of travel tips right here. What are your favorite tips on doing laundry when traveling?