Simple Laravel 5 service class for neitanod's forceutf8: https://github.com/neitanod/forceutf8
Add to composer.json
If you use Laravel 5.5+ you could skip the next step as Composer/Laravel Auto-discovery has been enabled for this package.
Add to your config/app.php under Service Providers
'Encoding' => danielme85\ForceUTF8\Encoding::class,
Add to your boostrap/app.php file
$newstring = Encoding::toUTF8($string);
Chekout neitanod's repo for more information on how to use the Encoding class: