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I got to Frankfurt last night and knew what the first thing I need to be doing is.. LAUNDRY! Oh the joys of laundry. I’m not about to spend an entire morning trying to half assly wash and pray the clothes to dry in the hotel room. I did that a few years back in New York. It worked… And my hands were falling apart from the detergent. Never again!
I was hoping for a wash and fold service and found a place literally around the corner (4min walk according to Google) from where we were staying. I packed the clothes and headed for the cleaners. The building next door is doing construction work on the outside. Seems to be a bar/pub with drunk people from noon.
I walk into the place, and it’s very empty. I was expecting someone to greet me and help me with the wash and fold, or at least help me figure out how to use these foreign machines.
I look around and see instructions on the wall. I study it for a while to figure out what on earth this thing is talking about.
Step 1: Open the thing and throw in your stinky laundry.
Pretty easy to figure out.
Step 2: Set washing temperature
The controls got me like WTF. What controls is this thing talking about? When you take a look at the machine it starts to make a bit more sense. What temperature water do you want to use for your clothes to be washed? I usually set it to warm. Take your pick.
Step 3: Put in the Euros
We gotta pay the machine. The price list is on the right side of the machine.
If you got a small load, use the machines numbered 1-13. That’s 5 Euros a wash. It seems they only have ONE machine that does large loads, #14 for 10 euros. If you’re doing bulky things the big one will make sense.
Now how to pay. Stick your 5 euros into the slot on the upper left, and press the button next to the number of th machine you loaded.
Step 4: Loading the Soap
The 5 euros comes with laundry detergent. First, you get the soap from the right side of the machine.
Press the green button on the right side of the blue cup. Voila! Laundry detergent. Now take that cup to your machine and open the top part to pour it in.
No sign of red arrow. I guess the left side will do.
Step 5: Press the Green Button
Simple. There’s only one green button (woohoo!) so no confusion here. The machine will say how much time it will take. Mine said 56min so I decided to take a walk around the area and explore the surroundings.
Step 6: Press the Yellow Button
Also simple. The only yellow button. Press it and take your wet clothes out. There are a few rolling laundry hampers around you can use.
Step 7: Dry Your Clothes
This is machines # 15-20. 15 seems to give you 15min for two Euros, so I decided on using #16. To start the machine press on the green button after paying at the machines. After 20min everything was nice and dry.
Voila! Your laundry mission is now accomplished!! This place is apparently open until 23:00, so stopping by right before dinner is totally possible. If you catch the person running the place I’m sure you can have the wash and fold service. I did find a price list and no person to ask about it.
If you’re able to read German, there were a few books there so you can kill a bit of time too. Or you can do what I did and went to Starbucks right around the corner. I’d bring a book to read if I were you. This place was honestly the cleanest laundromat I’ve been to. I didn’t mind killing 20min while my clothes were drying.