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Washio picks up your dirty laundry, dry cleaning with the tap of an app

Washio picks up your dirty laundry, dry cleaning with the tap of an app
News from Washington Post:

Attention all lazy 20-somethings, time-strapped professionals and overtired parents: Put down the laundry detergent and pick up your smartphone.

A mobile application called Washio officially launched in the District Thursday with a promise to gather up your dirty laundry and dry cleaning, send it to be professionally cleaned and return it to your doorstep the next day.

Indeed, the on-demand app culture that brought you car services like Uber and Lyft and delivery services like Postmates now wants to give you a hand with your hamper.

“The reality is dry cleaners across America have always been a convenience-based service,” said founder Jordan Metzner. “You need to be a certain amount of distance with a customer’s home to get their business.”

It doesn’t get much closer than Washio.

Customers summon one of Washio’s “ninjas” to pick up their laundry or dry cleaning during a 30-minute window in the morning or evening. Items are returned 24 hours later — washed, fluffed and folded.

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News from The Seattle Times:

Q: What home-cleaning products are safe for the environment?

A: There is a greater awareness among homeowners that chemicals in commercial home-cleaning products can have negative effects on personal health — not to mention the environment.

Many are turning back the clock when it comes to cleaning and rediscovering old-time cleaning recipes — many of them used before the advent of the synthetic formulas widely available after World War II.

Believe it or not, you can handle nearly all of your day-to-day cleaning with just seven easily available, inexpensive, environmentally benign ingredients: baking soda, washing soda, soap flakes, oil soap, vinegar, borax and ammonia. And of those, only ammonia is potentially hazardous in its concentrated form. Just use it carefully, and store it out of the reach of children and pets.

Kitchens and baths

Instead of using commercial products to clear your kitchen sinks, faucets and drains, give baking soda a try. Just dampen with water and apply it the same way you would with scouring products. Unlike bleach and phosphates, which are common ingredients in commercial cleaning products, baking soda isn’t toxic to the environment and won’t kill the bacteria that sewage and septic systems need to work properly.

When baking soda is combined…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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