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The laundry machines (Washers & Driers) are provided by WashLava and powered by 4thID Technologies.

How to use the Washers & Driers

  1. Download the 4thID App (in the Google Play Store or the App Store).
  2. Create an Account
  3. Start Washing

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Laundry Facilities

There are washers and dryers available for use by residents in all Housing Facilities (Residence Halls, Greek Court, University Court, & University Apartments). 


Costs for Laundry

The cost of washing and drying is included in the Room and Board Rate for the residence halls and Greek Court.  Students must still set up the app in order to use the machines.

University Court and University Apartments residents will pay to use the washers and dryers.  A payment method is required to set up an account with the app.

  • Washer: $2 per load
  • Dryer: $1 per 45 mins (add space between 45min)


The washing machines used are energy efficient and require high-efficiency detergent. The use of non-high efficiency detergent will create wear on our machines and cause them to malfunction. Most major brands will offer high-efficiency detergents, which will be marked with "HE" on the label. There is no extra cost to purchasing high-efficiency detergent. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Use high-efficiency detergent
  • Beware of bleach! Only use on whites
    • Or use color-safe bleach
  • Separate loads into lights and darks Or whites, lights, darks, & delicates
  • Temperature is key:
    • laundryWhites=Hot
    • Lights/Darks=Warm
    • Delicates=Cold
  • Pre-treat stains before washing
  • To prevent static cling, use dryer sheets when drying
  • Do not overload washing machines
    • Only fill 1/2 or 3/4 full
  • Do not overload dryer or clothes will not dry properly
  • Be cautious of shrinking clothes in the dryer

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Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services

MLK Jr., University Union,
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6489

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