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The Washio app in action

Some people find doing laundry therapeutic. Those are not our people.

If we never had to spend another minute cleaning our clothes--or dropping them off at the dry cleaner--we?d be A-OK with that.

The folks at Washio hear us. Their new on-demand service allows you to outsource your laundry and dry cleaning to suit your schedule.

It?s as simple as this: You go to the site or download the app and register for an account, entering your address and credit card info. Select a 30-minute window (pickups are from 7:30 to 11 a.m.; drop-offs from 4:30 to 8 p.m.). A so-called ?ninja? comes to your door with reusable bags for you to load dirty clothes into, and then returns them spick-and-span within 24 to 36 hours.

We appreciated the ten-minute heads-up text before our prompt, jovial ninja arrived (with a cookie in hand, no joke--a shameless yet irresistible ploy). And the roomy laundry and garment bags meant our clothes were returned uncrushed and wrinkle-free. You can even request scent-free detergent or provide your own.

The rates are reasonable--$1.60 per pound of laundry, $6 per dry-cleaned blouse--and delivery is free with a $20 minimum. 

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