If you aren’t lucky enough to have an in-home washer and dryer — or even an in-building laundry room for apartment dwellers — laundry day can be a real pain. It’s not an enjoyable chore under the best of circumstances, but having to haul a heavy bag to a laundromat is arduous and time-consuming. Even if you can drink there, it’s simply not an efficient use of your time. It’s no wonder, then, that all sorts of services have cropped up with people who will do your laundry for you. In many cases, these services will pick up and drop off your laundry for you, saving you from having to lug around a heavy basket. It may not be the cheapest option, but it will save you time, provided you don’t mind a stranger going through your undergarments.
How it works: Cleanly is currently an iOS exclusive, but you can still place an order on the company’s website. Schedule your pick-up and delivery for between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., and either be home to greet them or leave your laundry bag outside your door. The company prefers not to leave your clean clothes sitting on the stoop, though. Cleanly has separate bags for your regular laundry and dry-clean items.
Pricing: $1.50 per pound for wash and fold, dry cleaning prices vary by item; $20 minimum
Turn around time: 24 hours for wash and fold, 36 for dry cleaning
Available in: New York City, Brooklyn, Washington D.C.
How it works: Open the mobile app and schedule a “rinse.” All Rinse customers are on a specified “route” and receive free delivery on their designated day. However, if you need laundry ASAP, there’s a Rush Delivery option that will get you clean clothes in 24 hours or less for an additional $5. You’ll need to separate your wash-and-fold items, including sheets and towels, from your dry cleaning. You don’t have to be home to receive your clean laundry, but you’ll need to give the company access to a safe area to access your clothes.
Pricing: $1.75 per pound for wash and fold, with a 15-pound minimum. Dry cleaning starts at $2.50 and varies by item
Turn around time: 24 hours
Available in: San Francisco and Los Angeles
How it works: Much like Cleanly and Rinse, you can use the FlyCleaners app to schedule when you’d like to have your laundry picked up and dropped off, from 6 a.m. to midnight. If you’re in a rush, you can even request overnight cleaning. The service also has separate bags for designating between laundry and dry cleaning, and you can use the special instructions box to enter up to four garments you want to hang dry.
Pricing: Varies by location, though it equates to about $1.50 per pound for wash-and-fold items and $15 for dry cleaning. There’s also a $4 delivery fee on all orders under $30
Turn around time: Overnight, so if they pick up your wash-and-fold order by 11 p.m., you can schedule to have them back by 7 a.m.; dry cleaning takes three or four days
Available in: Most of Manhattan and Brooklyn
How it works: Unlike the services above, Delivery.com lets you choose who’s going to do your cleaning. The service charges the businesses, instead of you, so you only pay the cleaner’s fee to clean and deliver your clothes. You can look at the companies’ Yelp and user reviews to get a sense of their reputation, but Delivery.com takes no responsibility if the cleaner shrinks your favorite shirt. The minimums for one zip code we checked ranged from $20 to $45, with some delivery times stretching as long as 48 hours. What’s nice, though, is that it’s all in one place, letting you decide how much you want to pay and how long you want to wait.
Pricing: Depends on which cleaner you choose
Turn around time: Depends on which cleaner you choose
Available in: More than 40 cities, including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore, and Boston
How it works: TaskRabbit is more of a general service, one meant to connect those in need of help with those looking for work, for everything from moving to cleaning to event planning. Each “Tasker” has been vetted via in-person interviews and background checks, according to the company. Until dedicated laundry services move into more cities, TaskRabbit may provide a (somewhat lacking) option. Just to give you an idea, we tried to find someone to do our laundry in Chicago on Friday. Multiple people offered to do so, at a rate of $25 an hour.
Pricing: Depends on whom you hire
Turn around time: Depends on who’s available
Available in: Eighteen cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, and London
How it works: Similar to Delivery.com, DRYV partners with local businesses to provide you with on-demand laundry. You simply schedule a pickup time with DRYV’s mobile app, and the company will send a driver to pick up your clothes. Your DRYV driver will make note of special requests and then deliver your clothes to one of the top-rated businesses in your area. DRYV doesn’t seem to have a rush option, but most items can be cleaned and returned within 48 hours.
Pricing: Depends on location, though it’s about $2.50 for a cleaned and pressed shirt or blouse. Dry cleaning starts at $4, with a minimum order of $20
Turn Around Time: 24 to 48 hours
Available in: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles
How it works: The laundry delivery service has been a game played by start-ups for the last few years, but Procter & Gamble recently announced that they were ready to get in on the action. Tide Spin is one of the newer services on our list, but it also comes from the biggest company we’ve mentioned thus far. With the push of a button, Tide will pick up your laundry, have it cleaned by Tide-trained professionals, and return it to your home.
Tide Spin only operates in Chicago and the service has divided the city into two parts. Like the Rinse app, Tide Spin uses routes to help schedule deliveries and pickups. The north portion of the city operates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while the southern portion gets Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Regardless of where you live, Tide says that all orders are delivered within two business days.
Pricing: No delivery fees. No minimum orders. Wash and fold service is available for $1.59 per pound. Dry cleaning starts at $2.50 for shirts and runs to $25 for formal dresses.
Available in: Chicago