Company brings door-to-door laundry service to Northwestern

Daniel Schlessinger, Reporter

Northwestern is partnering with a company called Lazybones to offer a laundry pickup and next-day delivery service to students.

The laundry service offers three different plans for laundry pickup with free next-day delivery, including dry cleaning. Students leave laundry in bags at their residences and specify a pickup time. Usually, they will receive their cleaned and folded laundry the next day, NU Lazybones manager Rob Uria said.

Lazybones currently offers three plans: Students can pay $75 for 50 pounds of laundry over a period of time, $250 for 200 lbs and $380 for 400 pounds. Scheri said students can change their plans if they overestimate or underestimate their amount of laundry.

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison students founded the nationwide company about 20 years ago, Lazybones Marketing Director Maria Scheri said. With the addition of NU to the Lazybones lineup, the company now services students at colleges in six states.

“Our goal is to provide the most convenient, most affordable, easy way for students to get their laundry done,” Scheri said. “Fast, convenient, easy.”

Lazybones operates out of a warehouse in Skokie but does not have a storefront location in Evanston, Uria said. If students miss their pickup times, they can call customer service and Lazybones will typically come back the next day, he said.

“We have less than a one percent missing laundry rate,” Uria said.

McCormick sophomore Jordan Scott has used Good News Laundry, a competitor to Lazybones, for a year. He said he started using the service because he was unhappy with the quality of laundry provided by the University.

Scott said he drops off his laundry on Thursdays and receives the cleaned and folded clothes on Monday. He said he is happy with Good News Laundry and does not plan on changing services this year.

Despite the competition, Uria said he is hopeful for Lazybones’ successful partnership with NU.

“More than 20 students have signed up,” Uria said. “The main thing now is if we start and get everything in place and provide the same service we have been, I think we’ll be in good shape.”