As an Airbnb host, I'm always looking for little helpers that make my home feel luxurious — and keep it that way. That's how I stumbled on The Laundress, a New York-based laundry and fabric care line. I wanted to make sure my nice sheets stayed soft and in good shape through many (many!) launderings, and it came recommended.
One wash and I was hooked, even though at $20 per 32-ounce bottle it's definitely not cheap. But because you literally use a spoonful of the stuff, it probably (maybe?) works out to be comparable to the store stuff. And there's no need for fabric softener either; the fresh laundry smell is a dream.
In fact, I loved it so much, I thought, why not try their cleaning supplies?
The cleaning never ends at my house, a century-plus-old monster housing two dogs and a full-time Airbnb rental space. I'm super picky about what I clean with — the house should smell clean and fresh, but not like a chemical factory, you know? — and despite amassing a veritable warehouse of various sprays and potions, I never seemed to have the right bottle when I needed it.
So I ordered two bottles that I hoped would rule them all — The Laundress Surface Cleaner and The Laundress All-Purpose Cleaning Concentrate — and put them to the test. They normally cost $12 each, but I paid $9 thanks to a 25 percent off promotion. I figured if they weren't a match for muddy paw prints on hardwood floors, a stove and kitchen trashed by a breakfast extravaganza, and the top-to-bottom cleaning of our rental flat we do after every Airbnb guest, I could deal with an $18 loss.
We didn't get off to a great start.
I Tried The Laundress Cleaning Supplies & Here's How It Went
The spray bottle was leaking when it arrived, and, since the packaging was weird and hard to remove, I ended up leaking even more in the process of trying to unwrap the bottle. I also didn't like the spray nozzle setup; it's awkward and I hope they'll redesign it.
As for the cleaning concentrate, well, let me just say: It is very, very, very concentrated. The label may say two capfuls per bucket, but they must mean one giant bucket because it's nothing but suds at that ratio and it leaves behind a sticky residue. Half a capful for a sinkful of water is still a little much.
On the plus side, both products smell great — bergamot, thyme, eucalyptus, lavender, and ylang-ylang — and they're made with nontoxic, allergen-free materials so I don't worry about using the stuff around my dogs. This might not seem like such big deal, but here's the thing: It makes me want to use it. It smelled so good, I literally found myself looking for more things to clean. I actually got (kind of) excited about mopping!
The products also do a good job — especially once I worked out the ratio to use with the liquid concentrate. My kitchen floors get spick and span, and pass the barefoot test (is it sticky or smooth when you walk across it?) with flying colors.
So would I buy it again? Count me in, Team Laundress! After I finish up the stray bottles of the other cleaners, I'm switching to a streamlined, smell-good approach with these two cleaners from The Laundress. They seem to run those good discount promos a handful of times a year, so I'll stock up when they do that. Next time I might give their dish soap a try, too.
Have you used any of their other products? What did you think?