Doing the Laundry in Madrid

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We hate to do it, but we have to. Laundry or “the wash” is something most people dread doing throughout the week, but there’s just no way around it! Europeans won’t have that much trouble adapting to the laundry routine here, but others will have some things to get used to when doing laundry in Madrid!


Firstly, what products do you need? Most centrally located flats will offer smaller and possibly older models of washing machine. Which may not work well items like detergent pods, packets or even powders. Be careful when using these products as you might find the machines are not powerful enough to properly dissolve and/or distribute the pods around the barrel. Your best bet is simple liquid detergent (detergente) and liquid fabric softener (suavizante). You can find both of these items at your local supermarket or Clarel shops.

Secondly, washer/dryer sets are not common here in Spain. That’s right, those typical images you see of old women hanging their washing out the window are totally legitimate. Your apartment will most likely come equipped with either a portable drying rack or some hanging lines outside of your window or on the terrace. If not, you can find one at almost any “1 Euro” shop in the city. So if you’re used to throwing a softening sheet into your dryer, be sure to use the suavizante we mentioned earlier when washing!

Thirdly, your apartment or building might not come with a washer at all! This is typical for several cities around the world, not just Madrid. If it you don’t have a machine, then you might be wondering where you’re supposed to clean your clothes. Luckily the city centre is full of laundromat’s (Lavanderías) and dry cleaners (tintorerías). To find which places are closest to you check out the following sites:

For Laundromats (Lavanderías):

For Dry Cleaners (Tintorería):

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Your friendly neighbourhood travel guide, Leah

Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. She started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth!

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