The Laundress Makes Products that You Can Actually Clean ‘Dry Clean Only’ Items With
Let’s be real: Having to haul your favorite cashmere sweater to the dry cleaners every time you wear it is a straight-up hassle. But maybe you don’t have to, even if the tag swears it’s “dry clean only.” The Laundress says that 90 percent of items with that label are actually indeed washable—and the company makes products that you’ll feel comfortable using to do so.
Known for its eco-friendly line of detergent, fabric care, and home-cleaning products, The Laundress was born from two professionals “invested in building their wardrobes” and “confronted with the frustration of maintaining them.” Relatable, right?
The brand says that you can care for most of your “dry clean only” items with its products, which in turn saves you hundreds of dollars in those services over time. Co-owner Gwen Whiting says that she and Lindsey Boyd created The Laundress so that the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo “could love and care for” the fashion enthusiasts’ beloved cashmere. “It also reduces the need for the dry cleaner as you can wash ALL woolens at home with this formula,” Whiting says on the website. Wool & Cashmere Shampoo 16 fl oz thelaundress.com $19.00 SHOP NOW
Boyd’s favorite product in the line is the Delicate Wash. “I particularly love this product because I’ve been hand washing my clothing since the age of 18. No more dry cleaning.” Delicate Wash 16 fl oz thelaundress.com $19.00 SHOP NOW
The Laundress products, all made in the U.S., are highly concentrated and use fewer ounces per load, therefore requiring less packaging, energy, and water. The products contain plant-derived ingredients that are free of allergens, nontoxic, and biodegradable.
Also, The Laundress items are suited for any kind of machine, washing temperature, and water system. Using the products allows you to “preserve your clothing investments,” the company says. “By taking excellent care of your clothes and correcting issues such as stains, fading, or pilling, The Laundress products extend the life of your wardrobe.”
A visit to The Laundress’ website is as educational as it is aesthetically pleasing. As you browse the products, in categories labeled “Laundry & Fabric Care,” “Home Cleaning,” “Home Organization,” and “Kits & Gifts,” the site offers tips and tricks for keeping everything so fresh and so clean, clean.
You can check out the site for yourself here.