How to Wash Clothes While Travelling: 3 Handy Tips

Whether you are a luxury traveller or a backpacker, laundry remains an inescapable chore that needs to be done one way or another when you’re on the road. It’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to waste valuable vacation time washing clothes; however, doing regular laundry while travelling does have its advantages – it allows you to re-wear your favourite outfits and return home with fewer dirty garments to wash. As the leading launderette in Malta, we’ve compiled some advice on doing laundry while on-the-go abroad.


1. Use travel-friendly laundry bags to separate dirty clothes from clean ones

If you mix your clean clothes with your dirty ones, this will cause the former to give off unpleasant odours. Keep a separate bag for clothes that need washing – you can even sprinkle a cotton pad or cotton ball with lavender or vanilla essential oils to keep the really nasty smells at bay.


2. Hand wash clothes

Sometimes washing your clothes in a machine isn’t always an option – luxury hotels, for example, can be very expensive, as are laundromats in European cities or at certain hostels. Either way, it’s good to know how to hand wash clothes in case of emergency or if you really find yourself without any other options.

Simply follow these steps:

  • Fill a bucket or sink with warm water.
  • Use soap or laundry detergent to scrub your clothes, paying particular attention to stains.
  • Leave the garments to soak in the water for a few minutes.
  • Rinse the clothes and drain them thoroughly, rinsing twice if necessary and if you find soap residue within the fibres.
  • Wring excess water out and roll in a tower to dry.
  • If possible, hang the clothes outside to dry in the fresh air. Top tip: it’s a good idea to pack a drying line or a travel clothes string with you so you’re prepared for these situations.


3. Keep mini-packs of laundry detergent handy

When shopping for groceries or daily essentials, always stock up on small packets of washing liquid, buying more as you go along. If you’re trying to save money, fill a Ziploc bag with enough powder detergent for a few washes before you leave, and place it with the rest of your luggage. As a last resort, if you have nothing left, shampoo is a pretty good substitute!


Leave all your laundry in the hands of Portughes Dry Cleaning, top launderette in Malta!

If you’ve just arrived home from the holiday of a lifetime and aren’t in the mood for chores just yet, contact us today or make a quick booking online. As the leading launderette in Malta, the team at Portughes will return all your travel gear in sparking and pristine condition! View our full list of services online and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more updates.