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Free Soap: Give Chuck a Try.

June 30th, 2016 by Broo

July 1 – 14. That’s right. Free. Clean Bee is celebrating America’s birthday – the very act of which gives us a moment up here on our own little soap box. We like Charlie’s so much that we think you should try it – for free. Bring your laundry, bring your friend’s laundry, load up a washer or two and help yourself to a scoop of Charlie’s Soap – on the house. Like it so much and want to bring some home? Help yourself to a healthy discount on a jar of Charlie’s Soap Powder. Cleans just about everything: from false teeth to diesel engines. (Neither of which should go in our washing machines, btw.)

All Charlie’s retail products will be on 10% off during this time as well. We carry the Soap Powder (refills too!), Liquid Detergent, Power Packs (similar to laundry pods only they work better and look nothing like candy), Oxygen Bleach, Hard Water Softener and Laundry Pre-Spray.

Some background info:

After just a week or so of running the laundromat, we realized that the Tide vending machine was more hassle than it was worth. We had to purchase little boxes of soap powder which customers would use and then throw away. The boxes had either too little or too much detergent in them, causing machines to either over-suds or underperform. We had to make a change – for the better.  So we took down the vending machine (adios, thanks to Craigslist), invested in a drum of Charlie’s Laundry Powder, washed and filled several liquid detergent caps with pre-measured tablespoons of Charlie’s: the Soap Bar was born! No more bumping heads on the vending machine. No more ridiculous packaging. No more oversudsing machines. And best of all – customers love it! Laundry is getting much cleaner with much less environmental harm.

Charlie’s Laundry Powder is a revolutionary approach to laundry care. It does not cover up stains and odors with scents and brighteners – it really cleans. It is made with a unique blend of biodegradable coconut-based detergents and high-grade, completely soluble, Green River washing soda. Charlie’s Soap products are made in America.

The 2.64 lb. refillable jars of Charlie’s powder we sell can do up to 80 full/100 medium wash loads. That’s just pennies per load! Needs only 1 tablespoon per large wash load – That’s all! Charlie’s is hypoallergenic, leaves no residue, and is perfect for babies and those who have sensitive skin. (Think: cloth diapers!)  It dissolves completely and is biodegradable. The powder is more convenient and portable than a liquid and is front-loader/HE compatible. Charlie’s also makes an other laundry and household products worth celebrating. Next time you’re in, ask us about them.

Help Wanted!

May 22nd, 2016 by Broo

Clean Bee Laundry has an immediate opening! If you are interested in becoming a worker bee, please apply online.

Here are the details: Attendant = 18+/- hr/wk year-round including weekend shift; must be kind, considerate, attentive, focused on efficient customer service. Provide top notch customer service with a focus on people, planet and profit. Experience in customer service and laundry a plus. Must be capable of working independently and following tasks through to completion. Training on company procedures provided. Assist self service coin op customers as needed. Intake of multiple laundry and dry cleaning orders, paying careful attention to customer declarations and time requests. Must be capable of retail sales on a register. Perform routine daily multiple cleaning of all washers, dryers, folding tables, floors, laundry carts, chairs and of all other equipment in the facility. This includes sweeping, mopping, cleaning of washers, dryers and emptying lint trays, cleaning of the bathroom, dumping garbage, washing windows and doors, dusting inside, etc. in order to keep the facility clean and inviting at all times. Re-stock supplies, retail items, and detergents in the facility. Prepare completed orders for customers based on due date. EOE.

Pay is based on experience and success with us. Starting pay is $10/hour.

Available schedule is: Mon, Tues, Sat 2-8pm. Hours increase during summer months.

Bake Sale enters 7th year! May 21

May 9th, 2016 by Broo

BakeSale2016Liefe and Haydee are hosting their seventh annual bake sale to benefit Safe Passage on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Clean Bee Laundry, next to Renys in Camden.

Liefe and Haydee Temple, sisters ages 13 and 10, will bake and price items for the sale, and will be on hand to greet and help customers. They will also have information about the work that Safe Passage does in Guatemala. The bake sale features wide variety of baked goods from chocolate chip cookies to homemade granola to pies. Traditional Guatemalan drink, rosa de jamaica, made from hibiscus flower and cinnamon will be served. Also for sale this year are Guatemalan handcrafts including bookmarks, notebooks covered in traditional fabrics, and typical market bags. Anyone wishing to donate baked goods can contact Liefe and Haydee at 542-0505.

“Guatemala is special to me because I was born there,” says Haydee, a fourth year student at Children’s House Montessori School in Camden. “This spring, I went back for 6 weeks with my mom and Liefe. We got to meet Damaris and two of her her sisters. They go to Safe Passage. We took them out to breakfast and shopping for a new outfit. We rode in a taxi and it was fun.” The Temples have sponsored students at Safe Passage since 2007. The Temples also support Safe Passage by donating the spare change left behind at Clean Bee Laundry. Liefe is a seventh at Islesboro Central School on Islesboro. She plans to volunteer at Safe Passage on a service trip as soon as she is old enough.

Liefe and Haydee hope to raise at $800 from the bake sale. Last year they sent $775 to Safe Passage.

Safe Passage empowers the poorest, at-risk children of families working in the community of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education. It was founded in 1999 by Maine native Hanley Denning.

Mom Sweet Mom

April 25th, 2016 by Broo

We love mom! Starting on May 1, Clean Bee Laundry is celebrating moms all week long with tea and treats at the Bee. Thinking about a gift for a special mom? A gift certificate for wash, dry, fold! Seriously, chances are Mom has the earrings she really likes and doesn’t really need a World’s Best Mom sweatshirt or another coffee mug. Give her what she wants: help with the laundry!

Mothersday

Diaper_laundryintensive3smallposterFBWe’re hosting a free workshop on Thursday May 5 at 10 AM. The Curious About Cloth?: Diapering 101 workshop will cover current styles and brands of cloth diaper, along with advantages of each, laundering tips, fabric discussion, types of accessories. Discussion will focus on how to incorporate successfully cloth diapers into a family’s routine.Light refreshments will be served. Anyone who is interested in learning more about cloth diapers is invited to attend. Babies and siblings are welcome too. There is no charge for the class but advance registration is appreciated. Clean Bee Laundry is located in the Reny’s Plaza, 83 Elm Street in Camden. Register by calling 236-2530 or email info@cleanbeelaundry.com. See and share the event here on Facebook

Easy yet Meaningful Earth Day Tips

April 13th, 2016 by Broo

EarthDayBannerCoatHang At Clean Bee, we strive to make every day an Earth Day. Did you know that we started our laundry lives by opening a diaper service from our home? When we got to the point where we were doing laundry almost 24/7, we knew we had to branch out. Rather than get a commercial space, we opted for a laundromat where we could share our love of cloth diapers with anyone and everyone. It took a while but now folks know that Clean Bee Laundry is the place to go not only to do laundry in a community focused atmosphere, we’re the area experts on all things relating to cloth diapering.

EarthDayBannerPaperTowelsTo celebrate Earth Day, Broo designed a few banners – you’ll see them hanging at the Bee – to highlight other ways that we do – and you can – tread  lightly on the planet without compromising looking good or being clean. By eliminating paper towels with washable cloth rags, reusing and repurposing metal hangers, and purchasing powdered detergent in bulk, you won’t be inconvenienced but things will be a little lighter, a little simpler.
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Daylight Savings

March 9th, 2016 by Broo

Make note – March 13th starts Daylight Savings. At Clean Bee Laundry, this means early bird savings on all self-service washers all day long!Daylight-Savings

Cloth Diaper Deals

January 12th, 2016 by Broo

DiaperSaleSale ends Saturday, February 13. Save up to 40% off retail on select diapering items – both new and gently used. Brands including LoveyBums, Bummis and Thirsties – all on sale. While supplies last.

Wanted: Your Opinion

January 5th, 2016 by Broo

come in we're open Seeking your feedback – Clean Bee Laundry is currently open 7am – 8pm daily. Are these hours convenient? Inconvenient? We really want to know what you think. What days/times do you like to do laundry or drop off dry cleaning? Let us know here or tell an attendant the next time you are in.  Thanks!

Earn a free changeover!

December 21st, 2015 by Broo

Beginning January 1,2016 Clean Bee’s changeover cards are redeemable for free changeovers. The image below explains it all. Next time you’re in, see an attendant for your card and start stamping!

If you have an old changeover card, you will receive partial or full credit (depending on how many stamps you have).

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    Free Soap: Give Chuck a Try.

    July 1 – 14. That’s right. Free. Clean Bee is celebrating America’s birthday – the very act of which gives us a moment up here on our own little soap box. We like Charlie’s so much that we think you should try it – for free. Bring your laundry, bring your friend’s laundry, load up […]

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    Help Wanted!

    Clean Bee Laundry has an immediate opening! If you are interested in becoming a worker bee, please apply online. Here are the details: Attendant = 18+/- hr/wk year-round including weekend shift; must be kind, considerate, attentive, focused on efficient customer service. Provide top notch customer service with a focus on people, planet and profit. Experience in […]

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    Bake Sale enters 7th year! May 21

    Liefe and Haydee are hosting their seventh annual bake sale to benefit Safe Passage on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at Clean Bee Laundry, next to Renys in Camden. Liefe and Haydee Temple, sisters ages 13 and 10, will bake and price items for the sale, and will be on hand to greet […]