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Time-Saving Tips, Laundry Edition: Meet Washio

July 29, 2015
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With the ever increasing demands on time, and the seemingly endless pull on our attention (Instagram! Snapchat!) it’s no wonder that many of us are looking to cut corners (and save money) any way we can.

Enter the on-demand services flooding the app store. But we’re not talking about Uber (that’s so 2011). Now it’s all about Instacart, Postmates and TaskRabbit, to name a few. So how can you cut through the noise and narrow it down to which services will actually save you time? Here at NerdWallet, we’ve done the research for you.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting new app-based services. This week, we’re going to start with Washio, a company that sends “ninjas” to your desired location to collect your laundry and return it fresh and clean 24 hours later. Plus, they’ll throw in a warm cookie. Sounds too good to be true? Let’s find out.

What is Washio?

Washio is a dry cleaning and laundry app that will pick up your items, hand them off to a third-party laundry facility, and return everything in about a day. Basically, they’re just like your neighborhood cleaners but they eliminate the need for you to personally escort your laundry to and from the facility.

The pricing can be a little iffy since it’s difficult to precisely estimate the cost before your order is picked up. Generally, prices range from $1.39 per pound for wash and fold to $11.99 for a two-piece suit. Delivery is free for orders totaling over $35. Do keep in mind that there is an order minimum of $20, so you’re going to want to save up on socks and T-shirts before summoning the ninjas.

Where is Washio available?

At the time of this writing, Washio is available in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Should I use Washio?

If you’re happy carting everything to and from the dry cleaners or laundromat and don’t like the idea of possibly being surprised by the charges when your items are returned, Washio might not be for you.

But, if you’re looking to maximize convenience, lack easy access to a laundry machine or dry cleaner, and aren’t terribly concerned about the cost, it could be the time-saving service you’ve been waiting for. Plus, cookies!

Kirsten VerHaar is an editor at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @kirstvh.

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