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Travel Hacks: How to Wash your Clothes in the Sink like a Pro

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Learning how to wash your clothes in the sink is a lifesaver when travelling. As someone who has a tendency to walk, jog or excitedly run everywhere when I travel, I have an ongoing need to constantly wash my clothes whilst travelling. I also try not to overpack anymore (often travelling with carry-on only), so I found myself needing to master the art of washing my clothes whilst I travel in order to save time finding a laundromat, waiting, and coughing up my precious coins that would be better spent on sweets or a hot chocolate. So here it is, a complete guide to mastering the art of washing your clothes whilst you travel so you will never have to go to a laundromat or pay hefty dry cleaning fees again!

How to wash your clothes in a sink

Step One: Grab your dirty clothes, a sink, and a bar of soap

Yup, it really is as simple as that! You don’t need to go out and buy fancy detergents to wash your clothes, all you’ll need is a bar of soap or any kind of soap will do… even hair conditioner or shampoo if that’s all you’ve got!

Don’t forget to separate your whites and darks to prevent colours running – just the same as you do at home!

Fill the sink with warm soapy water (not too hot as colours will run).

Step Two: Spin Cycle

Just as your washing machine would at home, the next step is to resemble this motion by swirling your clothes with your hands in a circular motion.

If some of your clothes are dirty in specific spots or dirtier than others, scrub them by rubbing the material together and adding more soap as required.

Step Three: Rinse

Drain the water in the sink and begin lightly rinsing your clothes to remove any additional soap.

How to wash your clothes in a sink

Step Four: Dry!

There’s an art to drying clothes that comes in really handy when travelling, especially if you’re in a rush and looking to run out the door immediately afterwards or only have a short space of time to dry your clothes. It looks like this!

Place a towel on the floor and place each clothing item (one by one) on the towel. Roll the clothing item tightly and the towel will begin to dampen as it sucks out the moisture from your clothes.

Be sure to move to a different part of the towel for each item as before you know it the towel will be soaked!

If you’re really in a rush check around your accommodation to see if there’s a hairdryer – et voila!

How to wash your clothes when you travel

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    April 5, 2016 at 5:56 am

    I usually use the shampoo too and for the same reasons! ahah useful article anyway

    Diana Clemente
    March 26, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Hello! It is a very easy way to wash clothes when you’re traveling, but an important problem is a drying time and wrinkles. However, I have taken note. The blog is very cool and I envy you travel so much. Bye!

    Suni Caylor
    March 22, 2016 at 4:32 am

    It’s far better, and saves an item in your carry-on, to use shampoo. Its a detergent, ie., doesn’t leave scum in your clothes the way a true soap will. I use shampoo for every kind of washing, hair, body, clothes, fruit, everything. One plastic bottle does the whole trip and always smells nice.

    March 19, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Good advise, thanks

    March 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    One of THE most important travel tips! I always wash my socks in the sink.

    March 13, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Love all this advice!

    March 12, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I am sure that this will come very handy as soon as I take my first flight ! thanks for the really useful tips!

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    March 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Washing clothes in sink i will never try this i prefer my mom washing them HA HA i am joking we all need to try this

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    March 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm

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    March 11, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Washing my clothes in the sink has been a godsend for me when working away on events! You can get travel wash in the pound shop in the UK.

    Samantha | There She Goes Again
    March 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Pretty much me my whole Vietnam trip haha. I just hung things up in the the bathroom and let them drip dry, or if we had a balcony I’d hang it out there!

    Carina @timestowander
    March 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I usually use shampoo to wash my clothes in the sink, but the towel trick is genious. About to wash some handwash today, so I´ll try it out right away. Thanks! (Also this will come in handy, as I´m preparing for a long backpacking trip)

    March 10, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    So many times i have done this and never thought about Rolling them in a towel. Thanks for that idea! 🙂

    March 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    this is so helpful !!

    March 10, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Haha ok that was quick and easy.

    This is a life saver when you don’t have time to go to the lavomatic and need clean clothes 🙂

    Thank you for sharing.

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    March 10, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Also a trick I learnt from washing hand knit clothing, after you’ve wrapped the item in a towel you can stand on the towel/clothes burrito to get even more of the water out.

    March 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Nice post! Takes me back to all the times I washed my clothes in the sink while traveling… I switched to shampoo or sometimes liquid detergent though because I find that easier to rinse off than a bar of soap.

    March 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I use shampoo because it’s meant to clean body oils, sweat, etc. Bar soap leaves a residue that clings and can discolour your clothes. Think soap scum. The first step to washing clothes on the road is to pack clothes that dry quickly, as anyone who has had to walk around in jeans that aren’t quite dry can attest.

    March 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This is super helpful, especially as laundry service at hotels is quite expensive sometimes! Will definitely use this when I’m traveling or with delicates.

    Ailyn Koay
    March 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

    some hotels i go to have those handy pull out string to hang clothes in the bathrooms, they are good if I just want to wash, hang and go out.

    March 9, 2016 at 7:56 am

    That’s the way I do it, but with Biozet liquid concentrate – it’s terrific. I carry it in a small plastic bottle and take the measuring lid for times when I do put a load through a laundromat. With the towel step I also stand on it to get more moisture out! My cycling son also came up with the idea of using the bin in your room (if it’s plastic and clean enough!) to soak clothes if you need to.

    March 9, 2016 at 7:06 am

    This is helpful! Going to have to give this a go next time 🙂

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    Abbie E.
    March 9, 2016 at 6:59 am

    This is a great DIY! Thanks for sharing!
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    March 9, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Perfect advice! I usually stay in Airbnb’s where I have access to a wash. But this will totally come in handy for my hotel stays. Thank you!