Travel Laundry: How to Wash Your Clothes While Traveling w/ Jocelyn

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hi Jocelyn with Walter's world and I wanted to answer a few of your questions today about laundry and travel we find that it's really important to be able to do laundry as you're traveling because it allows you to pack a lot less so a lot of people don't really get quite how we do that and so there are a few ways to go about it we often hand wash things in the sink and I'll go through that with you in a little bit we also send things out sometimes we find a laundry wherever we are and we take our stuff there and have it washed which is the cheaper of the options as far as having someone else do your laundry the more expensive option which we do on occasion have to do is to have it done by the hotel you're staying in so those are our three big options and I will go ahead and explain some of those in a little more depth so one of the most expensive but easiest ways to get your laundry done while you're traveling is to send it out with the hotel and typically you'll find in your room a bag and it's you know yay a big plastic bag and it typically has some sort of paper where it lists all the prices and you write down what you want done to your clothing if you if you want it pressed or just folded the chart the charges may differ and trust me the cost differs greatly depending on the type of hotel you're in the quality and the price of the hotel usually the higher it is the higher your laundry cost is going to be but you go through this little checklist you write in how many things you have of each type and you send it all out you leave it by the door you leave it at the front desk and it will be delivered to you usually the next morning sometimes a little bit longer than you know 12 to 24 hours somewhere in there and as you can see we had to do that this week because we were running really short on time and really short on clothes that didn't smell so we sent everything out shirts and pants and whatnot it all came back nicely folded I promise you I do not fall close this nice at home it's a really kind of a luxury it's also just a luxury that I didn't have to wash it dry it and fold it myself so anyway that's one of the great ways to get your laundry done while you're traveling so all that said we find that it depends on where you are in the world what kind of laundry you typically use in Europe typically there are laundromats where you can take your clothes and wash them there yourself we just stop by any old store you know a grocery store or whatnot buy a small thing of detergent and wash and dry your clothes right there and in the u.s. often hotels will have coin-operated or you know sometimes you can use a credit card and wash your clothes at the hotel which is wonderful because then you again get to wash your own clothes and it's a lot less expensive than having them do it for you in South America there are lavond areas where you drop off your clothing and they wash and dry it and fold it and as I said sometimes the iron it for you for an extra charge typically but you go you drop it off and then you go back and pick it up and oftentimes it's all nice in a ziplock sort of bag or something so that all of your stuff is separate from everything else in the u.s. we also have laundromats where you can go and wash your own clothing those typically tend to be huge like industrial size or commercial size washers and dryers so you could get a lot done at one time and for those of you living outside the u.s. the dryers in the United States are hot and they got a lot of air you may think that you have a dryer in Italy or in Finland or wherever but I promise you I've never met a dryer as hot as the ones in the US so be aware of that it may shrink clothing that is cotton you know jeans things like that often European or well any clothes from outside the US are not made to withstand that kind of heat so be aware of that if you do wash and dry clothing in the US so all the stuff about laundromats lavond areas and hotel washings is great and wonderful but the one thing that you can almost always do yourself is wash it in the hotel sink and I'm going to teach you how to do that because a lot of people don't know this and it's a great travel skill to have so the least expensive and also the option that's almost always open to you is to wash your clothes in the sink or in the tub if you've got a ton in your hotel or hostel or wherever you're staying to do that you need a couple of things you need a plug this hotel ax actually happens to have one but often I find that they don't have plugs and in that case you can buy these little silicone mats that just sort of stop the water and I will put a link on our site so that you guys can find those fairly easily because they're not always super easy because I don't even know the name of them but anyway it's like this silicone stopper and it works really wonderfully it's flat it's then it's easy to pack so what we're gonna do is stop up the sink the other thing you need is detergent I tend to like dry detergent because you know you have to check all those liquids through with TSA and everything else so when you're using dry detergent the water needs to be a little bit warmer to dissolve it I find I also like to wash in the warmest water that my clothing can handle so pay attention to that and you know what the tag says on your clothing I personally use Norwex for my stuff because a very small amount goes a really long way it has enzymes and stuff and it's really natural and it also has no smells so when we're traveling like to add a little smell to our clothing simply because we men wear it two or three times before washing or more anyway so this I just added to this a little bit of lemon oil just to add a little bit of fresh smell to it so for a sink Bowl about that much is all I need for your rest there's a really small amount so like those those bubbles go away pretty quickly and just plug that back up and throw your stuff in there I like to travel and the roots that are thin and right and just wear a whole bunch of layers the great thing about that is that also means that all those things drying or easily and I've got a trick for drying clothes quickly so anyway you throw your stuff in I typically let this sort of soak for you know five or ten minutes just to get I don't know I just feel like it starts cutting with the cooties in the dirt on your clothes and then gently but vigorously I guess start rubbing bits and pieces together and if you have stains and things like that part of why I love the normal stuff is that it has the enzymes in it and it tends to get those things pretty quickly although you may need to let it soak longer and you know what I got a little bit of grease on the shirt day usually it's mark and the kids that have stains not me but I got a Coquette on this shirt so I'm just gonna pay a little attention to where that was and scrub that a little bit more so there we go okay so after you've washed you just gotta learn it all out pretty well and then you have to rinse it and I use another sink full of clear water to do that socially I'm going to do that now I have to watch all these everything's okay so I have washed my clothes I'm going to rinse those things out a little bit and then so as it's filling just to use the water quite certain things lately and I'm just gonna sort of let this best food and I'll squeeze it out a few times as it fits in here and I typically men to hold water animal I have to watch that so that's it and then of course we just sort of squeeze it out by hand and then we'll hang to dry but I have a trick for the darling so I'll show you that in just a second okay so here is my trick for drying my clothes mark is a huge help with this he also does the laundry on occasion – so don't fuss at me about that but this is this is where he kind of comes in and actually helps a lot to have an extra set of hands sometimes the kids aid in this and sometimes they don't but I take one towel lay it flat throw the things on that need to be dried after I've already sort of squeezed them out and then I throw another towel on and then I roll the towel ZUP together hey Mark over here okay so rolling husband grab the other end sure that's done we take this and we twist in opposite directions twist and twist and twist until you can't twist anymore and then usually we unwind and we twist the other way this doesn't always work for some things like if you've got particularly big weave sweaters or things like that you know a giant amount of twisting isn't very good for some fabrics but what I've got in here are two Pollock cotton poly shirts and they handle it pretty well so anyway just unroll on sandwich and you've got a fairly dry shirt so this is this is a little more than what I would call damp but it'll dry in a couple of hours I just hang it in the bathroom over a towel rack or something and it'll be done fairly quickly so that's another great reason to wear light clothing that you can layer because you can also then wash it easier and dry it faster so I hope you've learned something I hope that this has helped and I think it's important to be able to do these things so that you can pack less and make getting around getting on and off trains and trams and buses and ferries and all the other modes of transportation just that much easier so have a great time doing your laundry on the road and we'll see you later bye from Argentina


Lily Mack · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Thanks! Fun to watch. My Mom taught me the towel drying trick 50 years ago. 🙂

Antonia Baker · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Trust me we have big hot industrial DRYERS out of the USA too. Never wash in hot water. Cold cold cold. Really basic.

M Stephens · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

The hairdryer comes in handy especially in humid/damp environments

Grace Almaguer · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

That’s awesome drying technique ! ! Thank you!

MrSloika · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

If you are going to handwash, make sure the sink or tub are clean first. Washing clothes in a dirty tub only transfers the scuz from the tub into your clothes.

michelle collins · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I fold the items into towels, put it on the floor and then step all over it. It is easier on the clothes and can be done easily with one person and zero strength. There is a wash bag call the Scrubba. It is an Australian product. The original one weighs about 200 grams. People who travel a lot swear by it. I have just bought the stealth version but have not yet tried it out. I’d prefer not to wash in a hotel sink as I don’t think they are very sanitary.

BiancaCDE · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I learned that towel twisting from my grandmother back in the day, fantastic for getting as much water out as possible. Thanks for your videos.

Alejandra Easton · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Argentina the country I was born in! I hope you went to Patagonia, a wonderful region in the South! Las cataratas del Iguazú…a beautiful sight!

Roslyn Black · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Thanks for the video very interesting. I use Scrubba wash bag, swear by it best way to wash. No germs from other people, like the sink. You can also get a 10L fold up bucket I use it for camping also on longer trips where I may need to soak something. Both scrubba bag and bucket pack really small. I can squish it in any place in my backpack. I use a towel I just roll my clothes in it that dries my clothes faster, I f you really need them and don't have time to wait for them to dry by hanging,you can blow dry them with your hair dryer. I add lavender oil to my wash.

Madeline Vail · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Book an Airbnb with a washing machine and line dry or they’ll have a dryer. 2nd best the laundromat. Done.

MissPlease · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Great video Jocelyn~ Travelling to South Asia in August and bringing a very small amount of clothes. Handy advice!

Amy Munz2 · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I pack Purex 3in1 sheets exclusively. Works in a sink or washing machine. Nearly as thin as a dryer sheet. Works as laundry detergent, softener and then dryer sheet all in one.

damnjustassignmeone · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Great advice, thanks!

Antonella Meotide · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm


Oldandwize · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Another thing is always wash your underwear before you get on a plane. I have 3 very good looking girl, friends that had their luggage go missing while flying in the US and when they got it back everything was there but their soiled unaware. Now we know why TSA and Border Protection like their jobs so much. This even happened to my sister but she isn't one of the 3 girls.

Arpita Pantojee · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

After drying out the clothes by squeezing them with towels, you can use hairdryer to dry them faster.

Aboubacar Okeke - Diagne · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Idk why I have a pet peeve about seeing mine (or roommates) clothing drying after hand wash…I guess it deflates the relaxing mood

Sheran Walker · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Disappointing. Nothing new to learn here.

bigfellaoo7 · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I usually do the laundry myself. If im gone 2 weeks then ill wash typically about 1 week into my trip.

BJ Hurley · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I take a large 2 gallon ziplock bag to do laundry in – use a small amount of detergent with water, seal it up, and “agitate” it for a few minutes. You can either bring small amounts of detergent or buy Woolite packets. When finished, turn the bag inside out to dry and hang it with your clothes. Much easier than trying to use those tiny European BnB sinks! Also, dont forget to pack a few plastic hanging clothespins.

Lisa Ogle · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I always bring 2-3 plastic hangers and/or hooks with clothes pins. That way I can hang my stuff inside the shower, on door knobs etc.

orozanec · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Love ALL your videos …. nice to see Jocelyn do one as well.. yes we’ve washed many an item in hotel sinks… Tide makes little travel envelopes of about 5-10ml each and are small and easy to pack… perfect for “sink-or-tub washing”. Some hotels in Europe have the heated racks in the washrooms and after turning them on, are perfect for hanging wet jeans and, really, any clothing, to dry. Note: some places will not have the racks hooked up to electricity in the summer months so you can’t utilize the heating function at that time. Furthermore, the local laundromats have been interesting places to chat with locals ; sometimes when they see you are visitors, they will strike a conversation ( in our case, Paris,Trieste, San Diego….😅)

Linda Schnur · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Very informative. In the late 1970s while travelling in the UK I was looking for a laundry detergent to use for travel but had a hard time finding some until I came upon powdered nappy cleanse. I figured it would be just as good for regular laundry. Back then laundromats were quite common. In one I saw a fellow that had the same idea I did
He was using nappy cleanse. The British refer to diapers as nappies.

Sibagatov Rustam · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

We hang our clothes to dry in the room and put the aircon on dry mode. It helps a little.

Shirley · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Thank you for the helpful laundry tips.

Stephen Lewis · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Put dirty clothing in machine, add detergent and switch on. How hard can that be?This video is now redundant !!!

Anders Estes Jacobsen · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

You are a really qute couple 👫

Anders Estes Jacobsen · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

More Jocelyn 😍

Star Wishes · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Very useful!

Meg Davis · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

GREAT video — this summer is our first long-term travel in an apartment with no washer. It's an adventure!

Herbie · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I find Mark more pleasant to watch. SAID NO ONE!

Ulumalu · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

I travel with about eight meters of line or thin rope and use that as a clothesline in my room for drying clothes. Also, Marino wool fabric dries very fast. I have socks, underwear and some t-shirts made of that materiel which will dry overnight or in a matter of just a few hours. I always travel with just one 40 liter bag. I never check it and take it on the plane with me. It really helps to travel lightly and to do small amounts of laundry daily.

MsRotorwings · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Thank you Jocelyn! More videos please.

mbtadhl · July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Well done …thank you !

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