Doing laundry in EcuadorPeruColombia

Many hotels, hostels, haciendas and lodges offer laundry service.

Also most towns will have a laundry (lavanderia), where your clothes are washed, dried and folded for you. They are mostly inexpensive and either charge

by the pound (“libra”) or by the item. This usually takes 24 hours.

But, the cheapest way to do your laundry is to do it yourself.

If staying at a hotel, make sure this is not against the rules.

In the bathroom, fill the sink or bathtub with water, some sort of soap (or shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent), and your dirty clothes. You can use a universal sink stopper or just a dirty sock.
Let it soak for about 15 minutes
Swish the clothes around. Scrub each item individually by rubbing the cloth together, concentrating on areas such as the armpits and stains. Apply additional soap as needed.
Rinse each item under a faucet (e.g. the shower) until the water runs out clean, not soapy.
Wring the excess water out of the laundry.
Hang up your clothes: outside is best or use a portable clothes line. Try to let them dry as long as possible, e.g. overnight, or if you’re in the same room for several days, for a full day..
You can also try using a hairdryer, if available, but be careful not to allow fabric to become too hot (which can cause shrinkage, or in extreme cases, scorch.)
Some hotel bathrooms have electric heaters designed for drying towels. They may be used to dry the laundry, but are often quite small.
If your clothes are still wet, pack them in a separate, plastic bag.

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