How Did Laundries Start

Last Updated on August 16, 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.

Where did laundry come from?

Short Answer- The word laundry comes from Middle English lavendrye, laundry, from Old French lavanderie, from lavandier.

Who invented doing laundry?

Short Answer- We owe the invention of the washing machine to Jacob Christian Schäffer (1767).

What state does the most laundry?

Short Answer- In 2019, there were approximately 16,540 laundry and dry-cleaning workers in the state of California. In that same year, laundry and dry-cleaning workers in the United States earned on average 12.22 U.S. dollars per hour.

What is a laundry attendant?

Short Answer- A laundry attendant washes and dries soiled clothes or linens. As a laundry worker, your job responsibilities include collecting soiled linens or clothing, sorting laundry by color and fabric type, performing stain treatments, and operating laundry machines to wash and dry items.

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