How I Deal With Laundry As An Airbnb Super Host (And a Laundry Room Makeover)

Whenever someone asks me about what it's like to be an Airbnb host, my first response is always: "you have no idea how much laundry is involved."

My husband Greg and I rent out our tiny little guest house in Los Angeles on Airbnb. After about 72 takes, here's a pic of our little family, including our senior Basset Hound Dudley.

Image via Dabito for The Jungalow

Image via Dabito for The Jungalow

And here's our little guest house! It's got a petite dining area: 

Image via Bethany Nauert

Image via Bethany Nauert

A little bedroom area: 

Image via Bethany Nauert

Image via Bethany Nauert

A full kitchen and a bathroom: 

Image via Bethany Nauert

Image via Bethany Nauert

And after about a year, I'm psyched to report that we are booked about 99% of the time. However, that also means that every two to three days, I've got a serious, no joke pile of laundry to tackle. In case you don't believe me, here's a list of all the things that I typically have to wash: 

+ Duvet cover
+ Flat sheet
+ Fitted sheet
+ Cotton blanket
+ King pillowcases (white and salmon)
+ Bath towels
+ Hand towels
+ Washcloths (white and black, which I provide for women to use when taking off their make-up)
+ Bath mat
+ Shower curtain liner
+ Kitchen towels

Needless to say, I've gotten *real* good at doing laundry. But it def comes with its own challenges too. We have blue fitted sheets and salmon colored pillowcases, so those can't be washed with the other white linens that get bleached. The black washcloths need to be washed separately from the white ones, and we have a bunch of different colorful kitchen towels which also need to be washed separately. 

And truth time: our current laundry sitch is really just not cutting it. Because not only am I dealing with a way higher volume of laundry than I ever have before, but I have this odd combo of whites/colors that I need to deal with that usually requires me to do the double amount of normal wash. This is big time annoying. 

For the last couple of months I've been fantasizing a lot about giving us a major laundry room upgrade. Which is why I went kinda bonkers when I first heard about the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry machines. Basically, each one of these magical unicorn boxes feature two washers in one and two dryers in one. This means you can wash two loads at once (darks and lights, hot and cold) or dry two loads at once (normal and delicate).

So for example: when I am washing all the sheets (whites + colors) I can do two washes at the same time – one for each! And since the dryer has a huge bottom compartment, I can dry both washes together while starting another wash load of the towels. It's almost like a choose-your-own-adventure laundry sitch. And not only would this duo eliminate the need for back-to-back-to-back loads of laundry, I would also be able control them with their app on my smartphone – super handy if I need to be out running around. Anything I can control with an app on my phone, pretty much immediately gets my stamp of approval. 

This, of course, got me thinking about redesigning our whole laundry room from top to bottom. #Shocker. And since laundry is just about the un-sexiest thing there is, I decided I wanted to go for a super glam, black on gold style laundry room. I'm calling this my Vegas laundry room. And the FlexWash + FlexDry would fit right in.

I'm not sure when we'll be able to tackle this fantasy laundry room makeover, but I've already measured the room so we know how much tile to order...soooo it might be REAL soon. 

In the meantime, one of the best tips I have for any other Airbnb hosts is this: get THREE sets of everything. Not two...two isn't enough. Three sets gives you the freedom to not have to immediately dive into your laundry every single time someone checks out. Trust me, ppl: three is the magic number.

In the meantime, check out the FlexWash + FlexDry in action below: 

This post was sponsored by Samsung, but all opinions about the products mentioned are me, myself, and mine.