This time of year, as younger cousins and siblings venture off to college, we're reminded that life as a co-ed has changed a lot since we left our college town. Did you know that students can actually log in to a nationwide website called LaundryView to spot a graphic of their dorm's laundry room? Yeah, it's pretty cool—and it's not just limited to dorm buildings.
LaundryView shows you exactly what you'd need to know about your communal living laundry room—which machines are empty, which machines are broken and how much time is left on the "in use" ones.
Plus, it trends all that info to show you exactly what times during the week your laundry room sees the least traffic—way more reliable than hallway gossip.
LaundryView is a feature from Mac-Gray, the company who makes pay-per-use laundry equipment in almost every laundry room from dorms to military housing to multi-dwelling units (a.k.a. Apartments! Yay!).
Here's how it works:
- Visit LaundryView.com from your dorm or apartment. If it's one of the 2,500 nationwide that's equipped with Mac-Gray's LaundryView service, you'll see a link to view your laundry room on the page. (The site checks your IP address against the ranges currently registered to access LaundryView)
- Check out the interactive graphic of your laundry room. The little vibrating cartoon machines are clickable and color-coded according to their status: White is empty, yellow is "idle" (done running but the door hasn't opened) and red machines are in use (but slowly turn pink according to how much time is left).
- Sign yourself up for web and mobile alerts by clicking on the machines. It's never been easier to figure out when your clothes are dry or when that corner machine is free.
We're a little while past our college years and our current unit has it's own laundry machines, so we don't know how common LaundryView is outside of college towns or how well it works. But if you have any experience with it, please share in the comments!