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    28 Ways To Make Doing Laundry So Much Easier

    Even stuff that'll replace your iron and help you neatly fold clothes! What a dream.

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    1. Invest in a double hamper with built-in laundry bags for separating colors from the get-go.

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    The two removable polyester liners can hold up to four loads of laundry total and velcro in place in the hamper. (No more putting your face in a pile of dirty undies to fish out the laundry bag at the bottom of the hamper. It's terrible. I've done it lots of times.)

    Promising review: "This is great — very sturdy! I love the magnetic closure for the top, and having two bags that pull out make it so much easier to do laundry. I love the look of it and don't mind it sitting in the corner of my bedroom because the top is so sturdy. I can set blankets on top of it like a table, which is a bonus." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96 (four colors).

    2. Encourage kids (or adults!) to put away their dirty laundry in one spot with a cool hamper they'll be excited to use.

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    Get them from Amazon: first for $15.99 (five patterns), penguin for $16.99, or tree stump for $19.95

    3. If doing laundry requires a round-the-house journey or climbing stairs, get a hip-hugging laundry basket to make the job less of a strain.

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    I got this hot tip from my mom while shopping for dorm room stuff eons ago. It's legit.

    Promising review: "My original review of this item was average. After using this basket a couple of months, it's become of much better use. It is smaller than what I had before but it is so lightweight and sturdy. It makes it easier to carry or move aside. I highly recommend this great item. Every time I use it I realize how burdensome my other basket was." —LizzyMoose

    Get it from Amazon for $17.80.

    4. Take a longer journey to the washing machines? Look for an easy-to-carry laundry bag or a cart that won't be a total pain to lug to your building's laundry room or your local laundromat.

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    Get them from Amazon: punching bag for $31.95 or trolly for $64.99

    5. Post an ~attractive~ sign that details the meanings behind care symbols because there's no use in learning another language just to wash a shirt.

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    Download it instantly from Lazy J on Etsy for $7.

    6. And print this out too so you have a quick guide for effectively treating a stain before you wash it the first time.

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    Need some more stain-fighting hacks? Check them out here.

    7. Speaking of treating stains, carry a Tide To Go pen with you at all times so you can pre-treat *appropriate* stains before they set!

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    Treat 'em like lip balm. Keep one in your purse, one at your desk, one in your car. You get the stain-fighting gist.

    Promising review: "This stuff is unreal. It got coffee drip stains out of my bright-white good, fancy lacy tank top that I wear for work. They weren't enormous stains, just drips, but there were several drips and they were at the neckline and some were in the lace. They would have ruined the white tank top except I had just purchased this pack of Tide To Go. It saved my tank top. It's saved white pants. It's saved a really nice dress. The moral here isn't that I'm sometimes a slob. It's that this stuff does work. Coffee, jam, egg wash, V-8, and a couple of other things I think my kids have removed. I haven't tried it on blood yet but I'm eager to." —AthenaisMedomai

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. If the normal stain fighter you've been buying for years doesn't seem to cut it, try a new one to tackle your family's messy offenses, like this all-natural, biodegradable wonder.

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    Promising review: "I was highly skeptical that this would work, but the YouTube videos showing what it did prompted me to make the purchase. Glad I did, I had an expensive blouse that I wore once and got a huge grease stain on. I figured $6 to try to restore a $40 blouse made of a delicate fabric was worth it. Five minutes of mild and gentle scrubbing was all it took to take the huge black smudge to a small, barely faint line, (and if I were inclined, a second application of this stick would probably remove it). Last week, my husband decided to try it with a shirt that had an ink stain the size of a quarter. That took a bit more work, but wow, it did the trick." —S. Mulhall

    Get it from Amazon for $5.25.

    And check out a bunch of stain fighters people swear by here.

    9. Keep the thing that cleans your things in fighting condition with machine-cleaning tablets to help tackle dirt and detergent buildup for an efficient cleaning the first cycle.

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    Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh. I highly recommend this to everyone." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.78.

    10. And prevent buildup in the first place by swapping your fabric softener with wool balls that'll do the same thing as the sheets or liquid you've been using for as long as you can remember.

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    And if you're into the scent of fabric softener, you can add some essential oils to these balls to produce the same effect.

    Promising review: "I love these! My clothes are nicely fluffed, have less wrinkles, and are so soft! I was initially concerned that they would make too much noise, as I have used rubber dryer balls that made a terrible racket. Although they do bonk around, it is not terribly loud, and with a very full dryer, barely noticeable. No more liquid fabric softener or sheets, and no more buildup on my laundry!" —Sarah Bence

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $16.95.

    11. Regularly clean out your lint trap with a handy vent brush so you can get into the nooks and crannies.

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    FYI, lint-filled traps make your dryer less effective, but most importantly are a major fire hazard!!!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    12. Stop gooey, wasteful messes in their tracks by strapping a drip catcher on your liquid detergent bottle.

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    Promising review: "Thank you for inventing this! I no longer have a messy, sticky shelf where I do my laundry. It also makes it incredibly easy to dispense the soap instead of wrestling with a large, awkward bottle. The only small criticism I have is that I wish that the ring that goes over the neck of the bottle has something that would make it cling better. Occasionally someone will knock it loose. Other than that, it is a great product and very helpful to me on a daily basis!" —Lorraine

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    13. Slide a multi-use cart into narrow gaps between machines and walls so you'll have all your products right where you need them when you're beating the clock on a setting stain.

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    Promising review: "Now that I live in such a small apartment, I need to make the most of every space. This shelf holds all my laundry/cleaning supplies and takes almost no space!" —Nana

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in 3- and 4-tier).

    14. Make sure piles of clean clothes don't take a tumble to the floor thanks to a laundry guard you can set up on top of your machine.

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    Modular design adapts to a single machine or a set of two. Compatible with nearly all brands of front-loading washers and dryers.

    Promising review: "This is a simple but practical item! If you've ever had something slide behind the washer/dryer and have little clearance behind them this is a perfect solution. Not inexpensive but useful — and well-made. Installs in seconds!" —Easy Bay Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    15. Protect bras by washing them in special bags because you and I both know that washing them by hand once a week is not happening.

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    These are even better than regular mesh bags that have holes big enough for bra hooks to poke through!

    Promising review: "I can put two bras in the bag, and the fabric and construction look like they will stand up to many washes. There is a feature to prevent the zip tab from working itself open or getting broken. I have a large cup size and they fit without the underwire getting bent." —Shirl

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.45 (available in regular or large).

    16. Do unto your sneakers as you'd have others do unto you with a special sneaker bag that won't leave your laces a tangled mess.

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    You can toss this in the machine like a regular delicates mesh bag OR secure it to the door like so!

    Promising review: "Love this. My 12-year-old daughter decided white Keds would make her life complete. So this product became very necessary. Nice that you can use it for both the washer and dryer. The Velcro is great - easy to open, you can easily adjust the straps for a round door. Hoping this will make all the extra sneaker loads easier." —chicago

    Get it from Amazon for $7.08.

    17. Toss pairs of socks into mesh laundry bags meant for delicates so they stay grouped together! At last!

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    Includes three large and three medium bags.

    Promising review: "Got this primarily to keep certain dedicates (underwear) and socks together because they are forever getting lost or damaged. So far it has done the job. Haven't used the larger ones yet, but so far so good so I don't foresee any issues with the larger ones." —Vince

    Get them from Amazon for $8.87.

    18. Track down solo socks faster with this adorable ~sole mates~ sign for reuniting pairs!

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    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    And check out some insanely clever laundry room organizing ideas here.

    19. Flip dark clothes inside out before washing to help prevent fading.

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    20. Zip up any zippers before you throw stuff in the wash. Those teeth can wreak havoc on other items if they're left unzipped!

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    21. Avoid wrestling with your iron thanks to a magnetic ironing pad you can fit on top of your front-loading machine. Talk about a one-stop shop!

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    Promising review: "This is a great product. Easy to pull out for a quick ironing instead of having to drag out the ironing board. Ordered one for myself and also for my son and daughter. They love it, too! Arrived quickly. Would highly recommend." —Jakalyn

    Get it from Amazon for $8.91.

    22. De-wrinkle items faster with a steamer for your nicer goods or wrinkle-release spray for your hardier items. (Also, ironing is a total pain.)

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    There's nothing wrong with wanting your T-shirts looking nice and wrinkle-free! (My mom has been keeping the wrinkle-release spray business alive since it was a thing.)

    Promising review (for spray): "Thus stuff is a staple in my house. I hang a wrinkled piece of clothing on the shower curtain rod, spray it, and give little tugs. It works amazingly! I have never had it leave a mark on the item, and it has a nice smell, not overly chemical. This is so much easier than ironing, and I don't have to worry about damaging embellished shirts/blouses like I would with an iron." —Joanne C.

    Get them from Amazon: steamer for $19.99 or a two-pack of wrinkle-release spray for $13.94

    23. Or if you have more important things to do, throw a dry, wrinkled garment in the dryer with an ice cube or two to straighten it out.

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    This does the steaming for you! If you don't have ice cubes, you can throw in a damp washcloth or towel instead. Check out more lazy laundry hacks here.

    24. Lay sweaters fly to dry. This hanging sweater dryer will afford you some extra drying space out of thin air.

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    Plastic hooks fit on standard shower rods. Holds up to 10 lbs., and folds away when you're done with laundry!

    Promising review: "Love this handy rack! I live in a small apartment and used to arrange wet clothes all over the place to dry them. This makes it much easier and tidier. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the rack (can hold sweaters if the arms are folded in — which is how they're supposed to be dried when flat), and how cute it looks. Highly recommend." —Christina

    Get it from Amazon for $8.24.

    25. Work with LOTS of room for line drying items thanks to this wall-mount folding rack with a 60 lbs., capacity and 22.5 linear feet of drying space.

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    Promising review: "Have used for two months now and it is very sturdy and looks sharp matched up with our stainless-steel countertop in the laundry area. I installed myself in a half hour, but an extra set of hands would have really helped. Nonetheless, easy to figure out. The template curls and will be off if you don't fully stretch it when you tape it to the wall. (I used strips of duct tape to be sure it stayed put for drilling.) Very sturdy overall and holds all my wife's delicates for her work outfits to dry. When not in use, collapsing it with a push of the hand is easy-peasy and does not clutter the area like a floor rack would. In fact, you can hang an item or two with it only very slightly opened. Should have invested in this years ago — it's helping cut down on the electric bill by foregoing the dryer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99. Or get an OG line with 9' of line for $9.58.

    26. Corral your clothespins into this adorable mini dress with an incredibly helpful cutout so you won't be left holding a wet garment while searching for a means to hang it on the line!

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    Promising review: "The cutest little pin holder ever! Plenty of room for tons of clothespins, easy to use, and QUALITY made. THANK you for making hanging my clothes a joy!" —KEaton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

    27. Fold clothes in a snap thanks to this handy folder that'll make everything look so neat and uniform once you file it away in your drawer.

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    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple but with this product it's a perfect fold every time. Makes the piles of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much more neat and orderly. So glad I have it. Makes my life easier. I don't have a lot of closet space so I have to fold and this is perfect for that." —S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. Tidy up that hanger pile with a dedicated stacker that seems like something you don't need, but will make getting clean laundry back in your closet sooo much faster.

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    Promising review: "This hanger rack is the perfect solution for keeping hangers handy. Anytime I take something out of the closet I slip the hanger onto this rack and it keeps the hangers handy and easy to find when I need to put laundry away. No more digging in the closet to find hangers. And the rack is easy to pick up and move. Love it so much I bought a 2nd one." —SilverSkates14

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Your jealous/creepy neighbor wondering why you're spending a lot less time air drying stuff in your yard.

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