How Did Laundries Start

Last Updated on January 8, 2021 by Neil Mackengie

Wherever man lives, “doing the laundry”   is a problem that must be coped with. The word “laundry”   has a  curious origin.  In the old days, when clothes were washed, lavender used to be put on fresh-washed linen to make it fragrant. The French word for lavender is lavender, and in time a woman who washed clothes came to be known as lavender. It was from this we got the English words “laundress’  and “laundry”!

How Did Laundries Start

Early civilizations used different methods of washing garments. In an ancient Egyptian tomb is a picture of two slaves laundering. The slaves are working wet clothes between a block and an inclined table. The water runs into a trough below.

The clothes of the Romans were made mainly of wool, and they needed skilful handling to keep their size and shape. They were sent to public laundries, where laundrymen were known as “fullers”. The fuller did two kinds of jobs. He wove new cloth and he cleaned garments that had been worn.

Fullers were still working at their trade many centuries later when a fuller’s guild was organized in England. In laundering clothes at that time, they removed the dirt by beating it out of the cloth with clubs. In earlier times, it had been done by trampling the cloth with the feet!

For centuries, washing methods used in most British laundries were much like those used in early Greece and Rome. They worked without soap because soap was expensive. But the beating of the cloth gradually came to be done more and more by machines.

What Are The Types Of Laundry?

1. Commercial/off-site/contracted laundry.

2. On-premises/on-site/in-house laundry.

3. Commercial/Off-site/Contracted laundry.

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