Yvette has seen some disturbing behavior in her laundry room and suspects that it’s happening in yours too. You may even be the perpetrator of this dreadful habit – separating your dirty clothes in the very carts that your neighbors have to use for their clean clothes. This must stop immediately. It’s unsanitary and inconsiderate. Why should your clean clothes have to absorb your neighbor’s dirt and who knows what else? Remember, bedbugs are on the rise.
Sorting of clothes should take place in your apartment or at the washing machine straight from the laundry bag or your own cart. Spreading stained clothes on the folding table in order to use stain remover is another bad idea.
Part II of laundry time has its issues too. There’s nothing more annoying than seeing your clean, wet clothes in a cart or on top of a machine’s dusty surface (This really happened, a woman put someone’s clothes on top of the machine and thought she was doing the right thing until Yvette pointed out the contrary.) compliments of a neighbor. But it’s your responsibility to tend to your own wash and timing is everything. It wouldn't hurt to acknowledge your lateness and let them know that you understand.
If you find yourself in the situation of needing a machine and you’ve waited at least five minutes for someone to claim their clothes, remove them and put them in a cart. You can say when the owner of the forgotten load finally arrives, “I'm sorry I had to take your clothes out. I waited but there wasn’t another machine available.” Since all parties think they're right when it comes to laundry room encounters always try to be as civil as positive.
However you handle it, remember, it all comes out in the wash.