Laundry. One of life’s certainties: there’s always More. Laundry. But in Cape Town at least you don’t have to deal with it yourself anymore, because there’s an app for that! We spoke to born and bred Capetonian David Shleifman, who came up with the rather dashing Washr app: it picks up your laundry and brings it back, clean! How is that for a great idea? And loyal eFoodies readers get a 10% discount, see below!
David, how did you come up with the idea for Washr?
“I came up with the idea when I realised that walking up and down to my local laundromat and dry cleaner was becoming a little bit of a pain. I searched around and there was no easy to use app or mobile app around that I could to get someone to my door with a big bag, pick up my stuff and drop it off within 24 hours without leaving my apartment. That was all I needed to create what is Washr today.”
You make it sound so simple! Did you always want to start a company of your own?
“Yes, I’m 29 and I have always known that I would be an entrepreneur from a very young age. I have a keen interest in marketing and really like watching people challenge themselves by building businesses from the ground up.”
Any washing tips you’d like to share?
“Did you know that you are able to unshrink your clothing?
-) Fill up a bucket of lukewarm water.
-) Add 1 table spoon of hair conditioner
-) Soak the piece of clothing for 30 minutes and gently stretch the piece of clothing back to it’s original shape.”
Thanks for that 😉 So you did your own laundry before you started Washr?
“Yes, prior to starting Washr I used a laundromat as much possible but being very close to Long Street as we know the only other thing more annoying than doing your own laundry is finding a parking in town.”
Perhaps that can be David’s next app, solving the parking problems in Cape Town? Until then, our lucky readers get 10% off their first time using washer using the promo code ‘eFoodies10’ within the Extra Info box in the order form! So forget going to the laundromat this weekend, why not go outside? Check out our 4 Fab Reasons to Go Outside