History of Dry cleaning
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History of Dry cleaning and laundry in india

History of Dry cleaning and laundry in india

Dry cleaning and laundry have grown in the past few years. India has a long traditional history of laundry. The washermen or “Dhobi” Performed the cleaning operation at the time of Rajas. An incident of Dobi also came in Ramayana. So, we can say that this professional has a long history of more than 5000 years. In earlier days Dhobi ghat was made to clean the cloth near a riverbank. All cleaning function was done with hands only. Dhobi Ghat (Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat) is an open-air laundromat in Mumbai, and one of the largest in India.


Modern Laundry Started with the liberalization of India in 1992, with the coming of the laundry machine.  Videocon was the first company to introduce a washing machine in Indian in 1988. With the growing demand for hotel laundry, commercial machines come into play.

History of dry-cleaning in Europe

Dry cleaning was introduced by Thomas L. Jennings and he was the first to patent the commercial dry-cleaning process known as "dry scouring", on March 3, 1821. It was invented in America. There are no records that how it came to India but MTO, petrol and Kerosene were some of the Solvents used by local Dhobi in the earlier days. Hence it can be concluded that it was the dhobis who introduce dry-cleaning in India. With more complicated and delicate clothes it became a trend to have clothes dry clean. Commercial dry cleaning was introduced in big retail.


Wet cleaning was the most advanced cleaning process introduced in India in 2016. It was a process in which water was used instead of solvents. Indian market soon accepts it as a environmentally friendly option. Wet cleaning is just born and has a long way to go.

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