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Wash This Way

From round-the-clock dry cleaners to architecturally precise wash-and-fold, 55 fresh ways to lighten your load.


The Laundry List
Local clothing experts pick their favorite laundries, dry cleaners, and stain-obliterating saints.
Do Dry This at Home
At-home dry cleaning is cheaper than taking your delicates to a professional—but does it work?
A Launderer's Best Friends
Smart accessories for a tedious task.
Wash Around the Clock
This is who you meet on a 24-hour campout at a 24-hour laundromat.
An Obsessive's Secrets
Eight easy tricks for extending the life of your wardrobe.

Scrubbing your skivvies on Sunday may never be as much fun as, say, brunch, but a new wave of laundry-world changes are at least making it less of a chore. From click-for-pickup websites to chandelier-bedecked dry cleaners to all-green everything, New York has never offered so many choices for doing the wash—or paying someone else to do it for you. Case in point: the 24/7 DashLocker, a fully automated laundry service now open on the Upper East Side (1566 Second Ave., nr. 81st St.; and rolling out three new locations by year’s end. Any time, day or night, just drop your dirty clothes, dry cleaning, and even scuffed-up shoes in a locker (you register online), and within 36 hours, you’ll get an alert when they’re ready for pickup—no human interaction required. And that’s just the start: In this guide, we asked fashion insiders to divulge their preferred neighborhood cleaners, scouted well-designed gear for the day-of schlep, and spent 24 hours in a laundromat, where we encountered exactly the awesome mix of city folk you’d hope to find in an all-night laundry.


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