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Wringing out the details of laundry

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Flash forward to your first months in school.

Your laundry has piled up, and you aren't going home for at least two weeks.

What to do?

Throw in the towel and face the laundry.

Here are the ins and outs of doing laundry on campus.

Residence halls

Located in each hall is a laundry room lined with washers and dryers that accept quarters and ID charge. Yes, that means you can student-charge your laundry.

Cost

When you use ID charge, the payment will show up on your monthly MU bill. It's $1.25 per load for both washers and dryers, and you can add additional time to your drying cycle for 25 cents.

Monitoring

If you're busy and can't stay in the room while your clothes are in cycle, you can use LaundryView. This website allows you to monitor the status of the washers and dryers in your hall's laundry room.

You can see how much time is left on each machine and if they are idle, available or out of order.

You can also choose to receive email or text message notifications when your laundry is finished or when machines become available.

Don't forget to bring your own detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. We don't recommend using the mystery liquids already in the laundry room.

Dry cleaning and laundry services

Is laundry a confusing science formula to you?

Would you rather just pay someone else to do it for you? Guess what? You can!

Located at the customer service desk in the MU Bookstore, Mizzou Dry Cleaners Tiger Cleaners' campus branch offers dry cleaning, washing and folding services.

Dry cleaning services can handle all the essentials: Dresses, coats, suede and leather, even home items like bedding and rugs.

Cost

Dry cleaning services vary in price depending on the item. Washing and folding services cost $1.35 per pound with a 10-pound minimum.

If you are interested in a semester washing-and-folding plan, the weekly plan costs $264 and the bi-weekly plan is $176.


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