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Travel Tip: Hotel Bathroom Laundry

For our recent 19-day trip, we wanted to pack light because we decided to share one piece of luggage. This meant doing laundry during the trip. It also meant shopping for new clothes abroad, but that’s another story!

I learned this laundry tip from my jet-setter sister.

You’ll need:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Large plastic bag, preferably resealable
  • Your hotel bathroom’s towel rack

How to do laundry in your hotel bathroom:

  1. Make sure you have enough towel rack space for the amount of laundry you’re doing. You can use (clean!) dental floss as a makeshift clothesline.
  2. Place your items in the plastic bag, and fill with water.
  3. Add detergent and mix.
  4. Seal the plastic bag and let it soak.
  5. Rinse, and hang to dry!

This is perfect for washing small items like underwear, socks and tights. I did my husband’s shirts, but that’s as large a garment you can go, in my opinion. This saves you from finding a local laundromat that has rush service, or paying 12 Euro per shirt and up to 19 Euro per pair of pants at your hotel’s laundry service.

Some tips:

Store your laundry detergent in a small bottle. I used to bring just the sachet, but forget to bring tape to seal an unfinished pack. So this time, I stored it in a travel-size bottle from Beabi.

I like Ariel because you can just soak the items and rinse (di kailangan kuskosin!).


Keep detergent instructions handy. I snipped the middle part of the sachet, the part with the product name and instructions at the back, and slipped the bottle through.


Separate whites and colors. Just like doing laundry at home, wash whites and colors separately. You can bring two large resealable bags if you want to save time and do both batches at once.

To spare you photos of our underwear, here’s one of my husband’s shirts (I believe there are 3 shirts in there):


Avoid washing large items that are 100% cotton. Polyester-mix fabrics dry faster. We washed a 100% cotton shirt and not only did it take forever to dry, it didn’t smell that good either. Shirts that were a mix of polyester and cotton dried pretty fast and smelled great.

So skip the hotel laundry service, and spend what you save on sightseeing or several servings of Italian gelato – your choice!

– Jo


2 comments on “Travel Tip: Hotel Bathroom Laundry

  1. Joanna Z.
    February 24, 2014

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