The Laundry Machines in the Residence Halls and Apartments are NOT coin operated; however, you can pay conveniently with your Triton Cash card. No more hoarding quarters, yeah!

Triton Cash is the campus debit account; you add whatever amount you like and the balance is linked to your campus ID card.

Laundry machines use High Efficiency (HE) Detergent, which is available for purchase at most HDH Markets.

  • Wash is $1.25 per wash
  • Dry is $1.00 per wash, extra 15 minutes .25

Locations Washing/Drying Stain Removal Environmental Benefits

Refunds/Problems with machine

For laundry room malfunctions, please call 858.534.2600 or submit an HDH Fix-It Request. Please have your PID and the machine number handy. Once the work order has been generated, you will receive an email confirmation.

IMPORANT! Please contact Triton Card Accounts Services at 858.534.7587 within 7 days of receiving your email confirmation to get a refund of any lost funds due to laundry machine malfunctions. You can also visit the TCAS office during the hours posted here:

On-Campus Washer/Dryer Locations

Eleanor Roosevelt College

  • Kathmandu East: Ground Floor
  • Student Activity Center: Ground Floor

Marshall College

  • Buildings P, Q, V: Ground Floor
  • Fireside Lounge Ground Floor
  • Building J Uppers

Muir College

  • Muir Apartments: Residence Hall C/C
  • Tenaya Hall: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th Floors
  • Tioga Hall: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th Floors

Revelle College

  • Argo Hall: Ground, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Floors
  • Atlantis Hall: Ground Floor
  • Beagle Hall: Ground Floor
  • Blake Hall: 2nd Floor
  • Challenger Hall: Ground Floor
  • Galathea Hall: Ground Floor
  • Discovery Hall: Ground Floor
  • Meteor Hall: Ground Floor

Sixth College

  • Pepper Canyon Apartments 701a, 701, Plaza (Pepper) #1 C/C, International House 400
  • Matthews Apartments Building 712 Room #B

Warren College

  • Black/Brennan/Douglas/Goldberg/Bates/Brown Halls: Ground Floors
  • Frankfurter/Harlan/Stewart Halls: 2nd Floors
  • Frankfurter/Harlan/Stewart Halls: 3rd Floors
  • Stewart Hall: 4th Floor

Off-Campus Washer/Dryer Locations*

*Off-Campus locations only accept Visa/Mastercard. No Triton Cash.

Mesa Housing

  • 3755/3875/3999 Miramar St.: Ground Floor
  • 9156/9184/9238/9264 Regents Rd.: Ground Floor


  • Coast Apartments

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Front-Load Washer

  1. Load clothes and close the door securely. Door will lock during cycle.
  2. Add detergent, bleach, and fabric softener in the dispenser compartment located on top of the washer.
    Avoid over-soaping.
    ONLY A 1/4 CUP OF DETERGENT is required in front-load washers.
    High Efficiency (H.E.) detergent is recommended.
  3. Insert coins or, if available, swipe Triton Cash card.
  4. To start, press desired fabric setting button. The door will lock one minute after pressing the fabric-setting button. It will remain locked until the cycle is finished.

For best results: wash full loads, avoid over-soaping, and remove clothes promptly at the end of the wash cycle.

Personal Safety Rules:

  • Only wash items with a machine-washable rating. Never wash items containing flammable fumes.
  • Never allow children to operate or play in, with, or around the equipment or the laundry room.

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Single/Stack Dryer

  1. Clean the link filter and return it to its compartment. A clean lint filter means a more efficient drying cycle.
  2. Place clothes loosely in the dryer. Close the loading door securely.
  3. Insert coins, or if available, swipe Triton Cash card.
  4. To start the dryer, select and press one of the three fabric settings.
    If you are using a stack dryer, make sure you select the fabric setting for the correct dryer—upper or lower.
  5. The dryer will stop whenever the door is opened during the drying cycle. To restart the dryer, close the door and press the fabric setting again.

Avoid wrinkling: remove delicate and permanent press articles promptly after the drying cycle.

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Stain Removal

Got a stain? Getting it out may be easier than you think - if you use the right techniques.

  • Act quickly to remove stains.
  • Remove as much stain as possible by brushing or scraping. Do not rub.
  • Pretest fabrics before using any stain remover, especially colored fabrics.
  • Never use hot water on stains; it will set them.
  • When using cleaning agents, follow instructions; use rubber gloves and avoid directly breathing harmful chemicals.
  • Work on glass or a surface that will not be damaged by cleaning agents.
  • Do not use alcohol on acrylic, acetate or triacetate fabrics.
  • Do not use vinegar on cotton/linen.
  • Do not use ammonia or enzyme products on wool/silk.
  • Do not use soak products on wool/silk.
  • For best results, place stained areas face down on paper towels - preferably white - and apply stain remove to the underside of the stain.
  • Soaking may help loosen old stains.
  • When in doubt, have the stain treated by a professional dry cleaner.

Here are some effective ways to remove common stains. Follow with your regular washing procedure unless otherwise noted:

  • Alcoholic beverages: Immediately flush or sponge stains with cold water, then soak in detergent and cool water. For red wine, use a pretreat product or a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Blood: Cover area with meat tenderizer and apply warm water to make a paste. Wait 15-30 minutes and then sponge with cool water or soak using an enzyme soak product. Use diluted chlorine bleach for whites or bleach powder for colored fabrics, if necessary.
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa: Soak in warm water or cold water. An enzyme soak product may help. Brush area vigorously with a paste of detergent and hot water. Remove grease stains with a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Crayon and candle wax: Scrape off excess wax with a dull knife and sponge with a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Cream, milk, ice cream, dairy: Sponge with a safe dry cleaning agent. If needed, follow procedure for chocolate or fruit stains.
  • Deodorant: For light stains, treat with your regular laundry detergent. For heavier stains, treat with a safe dry cleaning solvent. Wash with the warmest water safe for the stained fabric.
  • Fat, grease, oil: Sponge with a safe dry cleaning solvent or try treating with a liquid detergent.
  • Food stains: Sponge with a safe dry cleaning solvent. If necessary, use diluted bleach for whites or bleach powder for fabrics. For severe or older stains, soak in warm water for several hours with a detergent or an enzyme soak product.
  • Fruits, non-green vegetable, mildew: Soak in warm or cold water with a detergent and wash as usual. For difficult stains, cover area with bleach powder and apply a few drops of hot water to make a paste. Add a few drops of ammonia after checking for fabric resistance. Wait 15-30 minutes and wash as usual.
  • Grass, green vegetables: Soak in warm or cold water, or sponge with denatured alcohol after checking colorfastedness of fabric. Wash at an appropriate temperature with bleach safe for the stained fabric. For acetate, try sponging with a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Gum: Rub hardened chewing gum with an ice cube. Scrape off excess and sponge with a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Ink or ballpoint: Sponge with a safe dry cleaning solvent. Brush with a detergent paste and ammonia water if safe for fabric. On colorfast fabrics, try wetting with hair spray or rubbing alcohol and blotting. India ink and other indelible inks are practically impossible to remove completely.
  • Lipstick, cosmetics: Light stains may be removed by using a pretreat product or liquid detergent with careful rubbing. For most stains, it is best to use a professional dry cleaner.
  • Motor oil, tar: Remove excess by blotting with paper towels or scraping off. Use a safe dry cleaning solvent and pretreat area with a liquid detergent.
  • Mud: Scrape off excess. Apply pretreat detergent, wash in cold water and then in warm water. For red mud or mud that may contain iron, try rust removal methods. Non-chlorine bleach may be used.
  • Nail polish: Place stained area face down on paper towel. Sponge with nail polish remover if fabric is acetone resistant or a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Paint: Scrape off fresh paint and sponge with a safe dry cleaning solvent.
  • Perspiration, diaper soil: Soak in warm water with an enzyme soak product. Wash in warmest water safe for stained fabric. If the stain remains, dampen and sprinkle with meat tenderizer. Let stand 30 minutes to one hour. Treat with a safe dry cleaning solvent, rub detergent on stain and rewash.
  • Rust, iron: Use rust remover and follow package directions. If bleaching is necessary, only use non-chlorine bleach powder.
  • Scorch: Bleach with diluted chlorine bleach. For colored fabrics, use a bleach powder.

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Helping the environment while saving money

  • Our Maytag washers are formulated to use high efficiency detergents. Most detergent makers produce High Efficiency products (clearly labeled on the box/bottle). These require far less product to wash a normal load of clothes compared to standard detergents, and in most cases will only require you to use a quarter cup vs. a full cup (resulting in consumer savings).
  • Less chemicals means a benefit to the environment as well, as the cost of cleaning at the waster water plant is decreased. For those living in an area using septic systems with a leaching field, less chemicals are released into the soil.
  • For more information about conservation and sustainability at UC San Diego, visit our Sustainability website.

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