11 Scary Twitter Comments About That Laundromat You Currently Use.
Written by Kathy McGinnis | Staff Writer for Goombay Tally | www.goombaytally.com | Public Health Article
Just about all of us have used them or currently use them now: those musty-smelling, but convenient, coin-operated laundromats located in just about every town or city in the country. We all need clean clothes right? But not all of us own or have immediate access to reliable washing machines and dryers unfortunately.
College students use ’em in their dorms (when they’re not dropping off three months worth of dirty clothes at Mom’s house), apartment residents use the designated laundry facilities provided by the apartment manager, and the rest of us just basically find the nearest laundromat that doesn’t look like a heinous crime has just been committed there.
But have you ever thought about the potential health risks of using public laundromats? Of course you haven’t. Let’s be honest, most of us are concerned with three primary things in a laundromat: washing machine and dryer availability, running out of Tide detergent, and not having enough quarters to dry your clothes thoroughly. Oh, and maybe some strange, creepy guy snatching your sexy underwear out of the dryer, holding them to his nose, and running away.
So how do you really know that your local laundromat is sanitary? Experts suggest that you should first look for a dedicated attendant during the hours of operation. Laundromats with attendants won’t guarantee that the facility will be squeaky clean obviously, but it may help reduce the level of “heebie-jeebies” that you might unknowingly bring home in your clothes hamper. Generally, a paid attendant will be in charge of cleaning the washers, dryers, folding tables, and keeping the floors swept, mopped, and clean.
Additionally, laundromat attendants will typically ensure that washers and dryers are thoroughly cleaned to make sure there is no residual detergent remaining, remove any ink stains that may have been caused by a pen left in the little pocket of a third-grader, and cleaning out the dreaded link trays that tend to manufacture gray, miniature-sized, Christmas ugly sweaters after several uses.
Additionally, good laundromats will ensure that a strong disinfectant is used on those drab-looking folding tables every day. This simple action will help minimize the number of bacteria and germs left by other laundromat patrons throughout the day.
But no … seriously … how many times have you used a laundromat and thought to yourself, “so … how sanitary are these places anyway … and what am I really bringing home to my family on these “clean” clothes?
Well, let’s ask the expert:
University of Arizona professor of microbiology, Charles Gerba, has actually conducted extensive research on the dirty, nasty germs that hide … yes, and thrive in washing machines and dryers. According to professor Gerba, “If you wash a load of just underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry.”
Feel free to take a break from reading this article and head to the bathroom to puke if needed.
“If you wash a load of just underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry.”
So in layman’s terms … “There’s about a tenth of a gram of “poop” in the average pair of underwear,” professor Gerba stated. Furthermore, fecal material can carry a number of germs that include the hepatitis A virus, norovirus (the nasty virus that causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed … leading to stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and throwing up) rotavirus, salmonella and (no surprise) E. coli.
Not only are standard laundromats hard to endure because of their lack of cleanliness, but they’re getting more expensive to use as well. Some patrons report spending as much as $30-$40 a pop just to wash their laundry in these facilities. Just ask this desperate Twitter user.
I didn't know laundromats were so damn expensive. I had to sell a kidney just to wash my clothes. Probs will have to sell the other to dry
— Howdy Chany’all (@contra_1994) September 3, 2017
I’ve noticed that it’s not just smart university professors and annoying “Mom’s basement” bloggers that are talking about possible health hazards that lurk inside coin-operated laundromats. Twitter is full of people who have both a love/hate relationship with laundromats — and they certainly aren’t afraid to voice their opinions about these magical and enchanted places.
11 Scary Twitter Comments About That Laundromat You Currently Use.
1. At The End of The Day — It’s All About Those Dirty…Dirty Thongs.
2. Avoid the Crazy Ladies Armed with a Bad Attitude, Dirty House Slippers, and a Snotty Nose!
3. Need Dirty, Wet Clothes? That’ll Be $8 Please Miss.
Laundromats are fun because you spend $8 on one load of laundry and you end up with dirty wet clothes ☺️☺️☺️
— rachel rigby (@Rachlyn77) June 14, 2016
4. Yes, Some Laundromats Are So Bad, People Would Rather Wear “Crusty,” Funky Clothes Around Town Instead of Spending an Hour Sitting in One.
5. Some Commercial Service Locations Will Never Work As Cute or Adorable Photo Shoot Locations. Add “Laundromats” to That List Please.
This is not a cute engagement shoot because laundromats are dirty! pic.twitter.com/P5VfBxZov3
— Carlee Barackman (@carleebb) October 4, 2015
6. Dirty Laundromats Apparently Can Leave You Disgusted, Disenchanted, and With a Dismal View of Life.
Laundromats are a modern miracle. You go in with dirty clothes and you come out with no hope for humanity.
— Chase Padgett (@ChasePadgett) January 29, 2015
7. Laundromats, Life, and Love (well, sort of).
I don’t get hit on in cute places like concerts or school. I get hit on in downtown laundromats and dirty gas stations at 1 in the morning.
— Sam (@SamPaigeStahl) September 9, 2013
8. Hey, Score One For The City of Brotherly Love. Congratulations, You’re Better Than Denmark!
9. War and Laundromats: Both Are Hellish Experiences.
Rude, obnoxious people. 2nd hand smoke. Terrible satellite radio. The smells of other's dirty clothes. Laundromats are a new level of hell.
— Tom May (@moodrider) September 4, 2009
10. If You Use Laundromats Long Term, You “Will” Have Your Stuff Jacked … Regardless of Its Value.
Ugh. Why do laundromats have to lose/steal stuff? Was the mesh bag worth anything? No. But now where do I put my dirty clothes?
— Jon Brandt (@jgbrandt) September 22, 2009
11. Tip: Sometimes It’s Not Worth Washing “One” Blanket in a Filthy Laundromat — Wal-Mart Sells Fleece Blankets For $9.00 – Just Ceremoniously Burn It and Move On.
UGH just my Luck to end up in one of the most Hood, Ghetto, and Dirty Laundromats in the dang city of Atlanta!!! JUST FOR A BLANKET! #grrr
— Diesel Milan (@dieseldashit) April 7, 2011
Written by Kathy McGinnis | Goombay Tally
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