In 1933, FDR redesigned the West Wing, creating their current Oval Office on the old laundry drying yard, in part because a room without corners made it easier for a wheelchair-bound individual to navigate. whitehousehistory.org/pho…
Mary Bickerdyke, chief of nursing to the Union army during the Civil War, built 300 hospitals, witnessed 19 battles and employed escaped & former slaves to run laundry services. She was so respected that patients called her "Mother" and Gen. Sherman called her "one of his best generals." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Fluorescent substances are added to many laundry detergents because they make white clothing appear less yellow and more white. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
Today I learned of Cragside House - The first house in the world to be powered by Hydroelectric. It was the first 'smart home' of the 1800's with water powered electricity, laundry, rotisserie and even a dishwasher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
An off-duty Brazilian policeman in uniform had a cell phone in his back pocket when he visited his parents to do laundry. His parents were being held hostage by 2 robbers; when the policeman turned to flee, the robbers shot him in the buttock, but his Nokia Lumia 520 phone stopped the bullet. pcmag.com/news/brazilian-…
There is a robust black market for Tide laundry soap, with drug dealers accepting it as payment and shoplifting rings finding it more lucrative and less legally risky than other illegal schemes. nymag.com/news/features/t…
Principal Akbar Cook installed a free fully-stocked laundry room at school because students with dirty clothes were bullied and missing 3-5 days of school per month. Attendance rose 10%. abc7ny.com/education/nj-h…
Paul Newman, while attending a small college in central Ohio, began a laundry service out of his dorm room. Newman’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service was a success, earning the young entrepreneur the nickname β€œThe Laundry Man of T-Barracks” in 1949. kenyon.edu/middle-path/st…
, Hitler's brother worked in a hotel in Dublin and the company that did the laundry service was called swaztika laundry, he also had a child with a Dublin woman and the child was called William paddy Hitler dailyedge.ie/swastika-lau…
Jose Mourinho was banned for a game where he could not make contact with players/coaches on matchday. He snuck into the locker room early in the day and needed to figure out how to leave after the game w/o being seen. A staff member smuggled him out in a laundry bin where he almost suffocated. skysports.com/football/ne…
55 Days in Peking, the only major American film to depict the Boxer Rebellion, was filmed in Spain. 4,000 Chinese extras were needed but there weren’t 4,000 Chinese people in Spain at the time, so they imported them from laundries and restaurants from across Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/55_…
Today I learned of eight deaths related to ingesting liquid laundry packets (i.e. Tide Pods) in the U.S. between 2012 and early 2017 that have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, only two of the cases were actually children, with six of them being adults with dementia. consumerreports.org/laund…
Because clothes cannot be washed in the ISS, dirty laundry is just de-orbited and burns as it reenters Earth's atmosphere nasa.gov/vision/space/liv…
Ancient Romans would collect and sell human urine. It was used as laundry cleaner, general cleaner, and even mouth wash. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 2001, drug kingpin El Chapo escaped from prison in a dirty laundry basket. After bribing multiple guards, he was wheeled out of prison hidden inside it. The escape allegedly cost him over $2.5m. Over 70 guards were implicated including the warden, who's now in prison for the part he played. crimeandinvestigation.co.…
The British military used a laundry service and a massage parlor to gather information in Northern Ireland during the Troubles insidehook.com/article/mi…
Today I learned about the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. Roman Catholic run Institutions to house "fallen women", a term used to describe prostitutes. Almost a century of women being imprisoned are classed as "the nations's disappeared" as records were not kept on the inmates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Frigidaire, a well known kitchen and laundry appliance manufacturer, made M2 .50 caliber aircraft machine guns (and many other military items) for the Allied war effort. usautoindustryworldwartwo…
There is a woman in Brooklyn who rents herself out as a mom for $40 an hour. Her services include non-judgmental listening, watching a movie with you, reviewing your resume etc. She will, however, now clean your bathroom or do your laundry. "As any mother says, I'm not your maid," she says. businessinsider.in/Theres…
Today I learned of laundry bluing - the process of adding small amounts of blue pigment to laundry to counter the natural process of white fabric going grey or yellow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Laundry detergent only removes stains and doesn't kill germs or bacteria. Only washing in hot water with bleach kills them. Washing clothes in cold water just spreads the germs around the clothes ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the "poison squad": a group of young government employees in the early 1900s who, in order to test the safety of common food additives of the time, purposely ate ingredients including formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and borax (laundry detergent). Their work led to food labeling requirements. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Proctor & Gamble, makers of shampoo, laundry detergent and razors, manufactured atomic bombs for the U.S. government from 1951 to 1956 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have β€œPittsburgh Potty’s”. They exist because of Steelworkers coming home covered in soot from the mills. The men were to wash off in the laundry basin, and use the restroom without tracking dirt through the house. youtu.be/c0v6X-V3BfY
Today I learned of the Swastika Laundry, an Irish business founded in 1912 that had the swastika as its company logo. The symbol was meant to reference the ancient Indian symbol of good luck and had no Nazi ties. The company, logo and all, remained in operation until the late 80s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
A Nova Scotia man broke into a ranch home, then fed the cats, did laundry, put out hay for the horses, took a shower, used the residents' toothbrush and shaver, and wrote in their diary. globalnews.ca/news/224917…
Today I learned about chamber lye. Stale urine collected from chamber pots, used when washing laundry. oldandinteresting.com/was…
People used to do their laundry in Old Faithful; they put their clothes in the geyser and it would erupt with clean clothes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
Old Faithful was once used to do laundry. Clothes were placed in the geyser prior to an eruption, and the clothes would then be ejected thoroughly cleaned. yellowstonegate.com/2012/…
Singer Sinead O’Connor revealed she was a victim of the Magdalene Laundries scandal. She caused worldwide controversy by tearing up a picture of the Pope on live television. irishcentral.com/news/sin…
Stephen King wrote a story where a laundry press becomes possessed by a demon and stalks the streets looking for its next victim en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The book 'Walden' by Henry David Thoreau is often seen as a 'bible' for self-sufficiency enthusiasts. However, while many picture Thoreau as a hermit in the woods, his cabin on the lake was about a mile from town, where he would often go to visit his mother, who did his laundry for him. blogs.britannica.com/2012…
Your body produces on avg each day: 10 grams of salt, 40 grams of grease/sebum, and 10 grams of skin cells/flakes, equivalent to 2 billion skin cells. Most of that winds up on your clothes and sheets, so each 8-pound load of laundry contains 53 grams of grimeβ€”about the size of a candy bar rd.com/home/cleaning-orga…
In some areas, laundry detergent has become such a hot commodity item, that criminals steal it from stores to resell. Police call the detergent "liquid gold" on the black market and it's been known to be traded or sold for illegal drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tid…
When you use laundry detergent labelled as a "brightener," it doesn't make the clothing any cleaner or restore its color....it's actually a chemical combination that absorbs more light in the electromagnetic spectrum and re-emits fluorescent light to make the clothing appear brighter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opt…
Before the modernization of laundry detergents, one of the bleaching chemicals used was urine, which would be left out to ferment into ammonia youtu.be/mXVat5ggTIA?t=35…
Anyone can take huge container ships around the world as passengers for about $120 a day. Trips may last just a few days, although some travelers sign on for 60 days or even around-the-world journeys. Meals are provided, rooms are cleaned once a week and passengers do their own laundry. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Adding a trace of blue dye to laundry, called "bluing," actually makes the whites appear whiter. It is a technique also used on white hair, thus "blue haired old ladies." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
In the US, drying laundry on a line is seen as a sign of poverty rather than common sense en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Rather than wasting water on doing laundry, Astronauts on the International Space Station eject their dirty worn clothes into space to burn in the Earth's atmosphere. huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11…
The catholic church enslaved young girls in "sin laundries" ireland until 1996 abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?…
The collars on men's dress shirts used to be detachable. This was to save on laundry costs as the collar was the part that needed cleaning the most frequently. vintagedancer.com/1920s/1…
Due to it's high temperatures and predictable eruptions, the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone was used by early settlers for laundry, with an account saying "Garments placed in the crater during quiescence are ejected thoroughly washed when the eruption takes place." fiberwild.com/ideas/yello…
The U.S. Army has a list of approved laundry detergents. These detergents do not contain optical whiting compounds, which would cause laundered uniforms to glow in UV light, and stick out in night-vision imaging. armystudyguide.com/conten…
Laundry was for 50 years often mailed. Until the 1960s, many US college students mailed dirty clothes home for moms to wash and mail back (often including food), using reusable boxes and USPS parcel post. Modern washing machines that made washing clothes locally easier ended laundry mail. postalmuseum.si.edu/colle…
Tide laundry detergent is frequently stolen and used as currency by criminals nymag.com/news/features/t…
Astronauts in the ISS "do their laundry" by having new clothes shipped to them in an unmanned spacecraft that then has the old clothes put into it and is burnt up upon reentry. nasa.gov/vision/space/liv…
Only 68% of people empty dryer lint traps after each load of laundry [PDF] cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/clot…
Ratatouille producer Brad Lewis interned at The French Laundry under Thomas Keller in order to learn the ins and outs of a real life French kitchen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat…
People used to do their laundry in Old Faithful; they put their clothes in the geyser and it would erupt with clean clothes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…

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