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Best Laundry Detergent and Products for Airbnb Cleaners

Performing laundry services as an Airbnb cleaner can be done successfully and efficiently by utilizing the right products. The following will discuss the benefits of stocking leading laundry products by their type.

By Angela Rush

Last updated: June 22, 2023

Benefits of Stocking Top Laundry Detergents and Products 

As a short-term rental cleaner, it’s always wise to stock up on the best laundry detergents. Hosts will typically provide laundry detergent, bleach, and stain remover, but if you have any special homemade cleaning mixtures, you will want to have those on hand.

Your laundry supplies will determine how well you perform laundering your hosts’ towels, linens, and bedding. The trick is to purchase the best laundry detergent and products available. This will become a larger investment, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Hosts are aware of how well you take care of their laundry. They are more likely to leave positive reviews and recommend your business when they recognize the thought and care you put into your services. Also, increasing your clientele can lead to an increase in revenue if your services are top-notch.

basket of towels for airbnb laundry

The Best Laundry Products by Type 

What you use to launder your clients’ short-term rental linens, bedding, and towels matters. Depending on your host, you may have to perform laundry duties on the property. Understanding the products that your hosts provide will lead to a more efficient laundry day. 

Also, take note of the wash cycle timing. This will allow you to streamline your laundry duties. Knowing what items need to be laundered first will leave you with plenty of time to perform other cleaning tasks.  

Below, learn more about common leading laundry products by their type.

Washing Machines

Before doing any laundry for a new host, make sure that you are familiar with your hosts’ washing and drying machines. Each machine can have its own pros and cons that you will want to be aware of. 

The following are common washing machines: 

  • LG WM4000H: Reliable front-loader that is quicker, gentler, and better at removing all types of stains
  • Electrolux EFLS627U: A great machine to remove stains but can be tougher on fabrics
  • Maytag MVWC465HW: Good top-loader that agitates clothing well and has most common wash cycles


The following dryers are matching sets to the washers listed above. You will want to be familiar with how to properly use a dryer because if you use the wrong cycle, you could potentially damage your hosts’ belongings.

The following are common dryers in the laundry service industry:

  • LG DLEX4000: Electric dryer that can be stacked
  • Electrolux EFME627U: Has the most common drying cycles
  • Maytag MEDC465HW: Has a moisture sensor to ensure your laundry is completely dry


A product that goes a long way during your laundry day is detergent. Hosts of short-term rentals often supply laundry detergent and dryer sheets, but you can always use your own. 

The best laundry detergents are hypoallergenic because they are safe for everyone. That said, finding the best hypoallergenic, clean-smelling detergent can be difficult. The following are three of the best cost-friendly options for you to consider. 

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 

Short-term rental cleaning professionals have long approved of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. This laundry detergent is great for those with skin sensitivities. It provides an amazing scent by using natural oils. Plus, little prep work needs to go into getting rid of stains when using this detergent. 


Dropps Sensitive Skin is great for those who prefer to use pods. Dropps uses natural, eco-friendly, and biodegradable ingredients in all its products. The pods come in a recyclable box in quantities of 64, 160, or 240, and in a variety of scents. 


Biokleen is the most diverse option out of the three, offering liquid and powder detergents that use organic and eco-friendly ingredients. The products themselves come in different sizes with varying costs. Each product type is great for removing stains and odors, however. 

Airbnb laundry products and towels

Solutions and Supplies 

Even the best laundry detergent can’t be the solution to all laundering needs. Detergent is an essential ingredient to getting your towels, linens, and bedding clean and smelling fresh. But, other solutions and supplies are needed to ensure potential laundering problems are taken care of. 

Laundry solutions every Airbnb cleaner needs: 

  • Distilled white vinegar 
  • Baking soda 
  • Oxygen bleach 
  • Disinfectant 

These additional products and supplies are going to aid in getting your hosts’ linens, bedding, and towels stain-free. When mixed with a small amount of laundry detergent, they oxidize. This helps to remove any yellowing, dirt, or grime from the fibers. It can also make your laundry appear whiter and fresher – giving each load of laundry a brand-new feel. 

Additional laundry supplies needed to get Airbnb laundry done: 

  • Dryer balls 
  • Drying rack (heated is optional) 
  • Sorting baskets 
  • Lint roller or brush 

When laundering your hosts’ towels, linens, or bedding, avoid fabric softener or drying sheets. These products are often fragrance heavy and can leave a residue on the inside of the washer and dryer. The residue can transfer onto your next load and increase the risk of mold build-up in the machines. 

Furthermore, guests may have access to on-property washers and dryers. Keep in mind that supplies, detergent, and other products will be used by guests to take care of their laundry. To ensure guests are able to perform their laundry tasks, keep necessary supplies organized and easily accessible. This will also make it easier for you to manage laundering linens, bedding, and towels by knowing where everything is.

Frequently Asked Questions About Laundry Detergent From Airbnb Cleaners 

The following are frequently asked questions about laundry products from other short-term rental cleaners. 

What laundry detergent actually cleans the best? 

There are four main types of laundry detergents: powder, liquid, pods, and tablets. Not all of these types of detergents are created equal. 

When choosing a laundry detergent that cleans the best, it is important to look at what the detergent’s purpose is. A good detergent should leave hosts’ laundry odorless and stain-free. Pods and tablets have a reputation for leaving spots of color, and powder can often leave fabrics stiff. 

Professional cleaners recommend finding a detergent that fits all clientele needs. If you are performing laundry for your host, ask beforehand if they have any special requirements for their detergent type, including odorless, colorless, and hypoallergenic. 

What makes your laundry smell the best? 

If you are finding that your laundry still smells no matter how many times you wash it, try adding baking soda or distilled white vinegar to the drum. This addition to your normal detergent will aid in eliminating the chance of mildew or mold settling into the fibers of your laundry during washing. 

Other pro tips for keeping your laundry smelling the best include: 

  • Wash your laundry machines every six months 
  • Don’t let your laundry sit in the washer or dryer for too long once the cycle is complete 
  • Always dry your laundry thoroughly 
  • Don’t overuse detergents

In addition, if you are still finding your laundry has an odor, try using fragrance-free laundry detergent. Oftentimes, fragrances in common household laundry detergents can create a residue build-up that transfers per load. This can leave your linens and towels with an unpleasant smell. Fragrance-free laundry detergents help to combat residue build-up and leave your laundry fresh.

How do I get my laundry really clean? 

The way you care for your laundry determines how clean it will be. Laundry care first starts with the way you upkeep your washer and dryer. Using heavy detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets will create a chemical residue buildup on the inside of your laundry machines. 

Taking the time to wipe down the inside of the washer and dryer after multiple uses will lengthen the products’ life cycles, meaning they won’t depreciate as quickly. 

Secondly, the bedding, towels, and linens you are washing should be cared for. This could be as simple as using the right wash and dry cycles and detergent products, as over-bleaching or -washing your laundry can deteriorate the fabric fibers over time. Be sure you are aware of the right measurements for any homemade detergents or fabric softeners as well. 

Improve Your Laundry Service With Top Products

Using trusted and reliable laundry products will help ensure that you are providing your clients with the best possible service. For help finding new clients, join Turno’s Cleaner Marketplace. Set your own schedule and prices and have all the tools you need to grow your Airbnb cleaning business.

Take control of inventory management with Turno’s mobile app. Instantly alert your host when laundry detergent or supplies are running low with our user-friendly software. Simplify managing your laundry tasks with Turno.

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Angela Rush , Angela Rush is a Content Marketing Associate at Turno. Her expert knowledge in content research and writing has allowed her to create articles geared toward the vacation rental industry. Her skill set has helped property managers and owners and Airbnb cleaning professionals scale their businesses.