OPINION BY VICTORIA TRAMP AND JOE HERBA
Not often enough!
Okay, maybe not, but for a guy like myself who can hardly find the time to eat, sparing over an hour doing laundry is nearly impossible. This should be a fairly easy answer, despite what some people may think, but you should probably wear clean clothes.
This doesn’t mean that you have to clean everything immediately after you wear it, even if it was just to try it on. Every piece of clothing has a different wear to wash ratio as the necessity for them to be clean.
For example, let’s look at jeans. Denim is an easy example of clothing that has the “Ehh… I probably don’t HAVE to wash these yet” cleaning duration.
I have gone without washing my jeans for about a year and a half. Okay, not really, but I can definitely go one or two weeks without washing and feel okay about it, and I think I am in good company with this view.
Then, the other end of the spectrum would be “delicates.” Underwear and undershirts need to be washed after each use! Not one person I know would say “You know what, I really love wearing my underwear more than once without washing it.” So please! Throw those in the laundry basket each time and don’t come to class with those old undies!
Now we’ll get to the more risky clothing. It may come as a surprise, but there are people that don’t wash their workout clothes after only one use. WHAT? Yeah, and get ready for their logic: “Why do I need to wash it after one use, next time I workout it will just get dirty again?”
This is horrible logic. What if you never took a shower? You’ll just have to take one the next time you go out or the next morning you wake up. WRONG. Wash them. If you are on your way to the gym, and you smell like you are on the way back… You need a wake up call!
Finally, I think the most overlooked laundry article would be bed sheets! Bed sheets are overlooked due to the fact that you aren’t really there enough to realize they are dirty (haha, college sleeping joke).
Or it could be because your mom always did them for you and you didn’t actually know until right now that you have to wash them — and yes, that does include your comforter!
So please, wash your clothes and bed sheets often, that way you don’t smell and don’t have to worry about sleeping in mold!
Drake University offers 70 different majors from 6 different colleges and has more than 160 student organizations.
With the undergraduate total tuition fee at $43,292 and Drake being ranked the third best Regional University according to usnews.com, you can assume that students would take initiative and open themselves up to as many opportunities as possible. With so many opportunities, majors, minors, concentrations and organizations available, it would make sense that many Drake students are running around from the time they wake up until the time they go to sleep.
Since students are busy day in and day out, they are forced to manage their time by setting priorities, and one thing that might come last on the priority list would be laundry.
Other than my grandmother, I cannot think of one person who actually likes laundry and would put laundry before other things in their schedule. As college students, there is practically a responsibility and reputation to avoid doing laundry. Not only does one have to pay for the dreadful chore, but it also takes an ungodly amount of time. The phrase “Come home and do your laundry” is also common, like it is actually expected of you to be slacking on laundry duty.
Since we have a standard to live up to as college students when it comes to avoiding doing laundry, it is only acceptable to do your laundry when you have completely run out of underwear. However, it is still not encouraged. But we have to live up to the standard! Wal-Mart stores and Victoria’s Secret are in business for a reason— go buy new underwear when the rest are dirty!
If your clothes tend to be more sweaty than usual or are used for working out, it is encouraged to place dirty laundry in plastic bags and hide them in other people’s closets (make sure not to use garbage bags—people may mistake the stench for actual garbage instead of clothing). This does two things: first, it masks the smell of the clothes—to a certain extent. Second, when a plastic bag can no longer cover up the smell, it will be in someone else’s closet. (What smell?)
In order to be the proper college student, one must stock up on dirty clothing in order to show off how “collegiate” one is. Remember, it’s not only a college student’s reputation, but also a standard that needs to be achieved! Think of how proud your parents will be!