Hotel laundry supplies and housekeeping services are the hottest item on the market, but the luxury hotel business has seen a surge in recent years as hotels have grown more comfortable with their rooms being rented out.
Hotel laundry supplies are among the most expensive items in the industry, and hotel housekeeping products, including laundry detergent, dryers and washing machines, can be extremely costly.
The average price of a hotel laundry supply is $1,000, according to research firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and laundry detergents like Tide and Clorox are often more expensive than the most popular brands.
But hotel laundry has come a long way in the past 20 years.
In 2011, the average price for a hotel dryer was $1.85, according a Pricewaterhos survey.
The same year, the industry’s average price per gallon of detergent was $2.30.
Today, the cost of detergent is more than $5 per gallon, according the survey.
Hotels now sell laundry detergers, dryer tips and other cleaning supplies at a cost of $6 per hour.
But the trend toward pricier laundry products is expected to continue as hotel room rates rise and as more people decide to spend more money on laundry.
Laundry detergent and detergent-based products are popular in the hotel industry because they can be installed in any room, according Tim Kinsman, vice president of sales and marketing for hotel-based laundry supplies retailer J.D. Power & Hayes.
A large part of the popularity of hotel laundry products has to do with the fact that people want to be able to go out to the laundry room and clean their rooms, he said.
If you’re looking for the lowest-cost, lowest-waste laundry solutions available, you should be looking at hotels, he added.
The average cost of a laundry deterger is about $100, according Kinsmoor.
HotELS are starting to catch up to what people spend on laundry at home, and they’re beginning to realize that they need to be more efficient in the use of the equipment.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that hotel laundry is now responsible for 16 percent of all consumer waste in the country.
In addition, more and more hotels are offering free laundry for guests who purchase laundry supplies online.
This is also the case in the U.K., where some hotels have been offering free washing services since 2014, according Tania Boulter, a spokeswoman for the British hotel industry association, the Hotels Association.
The U.N. has called on all countries to provide free laundry services to the homeless and destitute, and the U:Hotel Association has launched a campaign to encourage the public to donate to charities that offer free laundry to the needy.
“We know that it’s a challenge to provide the cleanest laundry to our guests and that’s why we are launching the Free Laundry campaign,” said Kinsmans, the company’s vice president for marketing and communications.
“We’re very proud of the fact our guests have been using our laundry to make their homes more clean.”