The Clean Cube Will Solve All Your Laundry Probs

by Nicole Pomarico

Laundry is always a huge pain in the butt, especially when you don't have a washer and dryer in your home. It's nice having clean clothes, but at what cost? If you decide to do them yourself, you have to lug them to a laundromat or dry cleaner's, probably fold them and put them away, and do it all again after you wear them — usually when you'd rather be doing something else, like watching Netflix and ignoring your laundry-doing responsibilities. But what if there was a way to simplify the process for people who don't actually own laundry machines? There is. This week, the brains behind Clean Cube will be on Shark Tank , trying to convince the sharks their business is worth investing in. And from everything I've found out about the company? I definitely think it is.

First things first: What is Clean Cube? It's basically a doorman for NYC apartments, without actually being human. In practice, the cube lives in your apartment building, and you can use it for all kinds of reasons: Dropping off and picking up dry cleaning and wash and fold laundry, dropping off stuff you want to donate to Goodwill, picking up packages that arrive when you're not home, and the storage of small items. Oh, and according to their website, it sounds like they eventually want to use the cubes for grocery delivery, too. Sounds pretty cool, right? My apartment days are behind me, and I still want one of these things.

To use the service, you have to register for your own personal passcode, and the cube you check into is yours until it's empty, at which point it's available to be used by somebody else (and their passcode). Sounds simple enough — at least, way more simple than actually doing your own laundry. And their rates aren't ridiculous for such a convenient service, either. Their package delivery is $3.00 per package, while their wash and fold is $1.15 a pound. And the best part? Clean Cube will keep you updated via text when they pick up and drop off your items, so you don't have to worry about your clothes making it to the right place while you're gone.

How do you get a Clean Cube in your building? You're going to have to talk to your landlord, who can go on the Clean Cube site and enter their email address so the team can contact them. Unfortunately, the service is only available in New York right now, but with the shark's help? Maybe we could see this kind of service country-wide eventually. Lazy people everywhere deserve this.

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