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    32 Ways To Make Doing Laundry So Much Easier

    More time to do OTHER stuff while wearing your clean clothes. (Or not, whatever!)

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


    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: "One of the best features of this hamper is the fact that the two sides have removable mesh liners. This way, you don’t have to cart the whole heavy hamper with you to the laundry if you only need to do one load. Many other options on the market don’t have the removable liners. The mesh bags are held in place by four little Velcro tabs but seem to be pretty stable." —steel_muffins

    Get it from Amazon for $39.96. Also check out a nicer basket version for $99.99.

    2. Encourage kids (or adults!) to put away their dirty laundry in one spot with a cool hamper that'll score you some extra points.


    Get them from Amazon: basketball hoop for $27.99, penguin for $16.99, or tree stump for $19.95

    3. Climb stairs to do the wash? Make it easier on yourself with a hip-hugging laundry basket that'll feel like less of a strain on your back.


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

    Get it from Walmart for $11.11+ (available in three colors).

    4. Or if you have to venture outside of your place to do your laundry, consider an easy-to-carry laundry bag or stair-climbing cart that'll make a vast difference!


    And no, you don't need Rocky levels of strength to tote that bag to the laundromat!

    Get them from Amazon: bag for $24.08+ (available in two colors) or cart for $64.99 (available in three colors)

    5. Slap a laundry cheat sheet magnet onto the side of your machine because lol if you don't have to google those lil' symbols every single time.


    Promising review: "My husband claims he knew most of these already but I wonder why he never got stains off of the kids clothes, lol. Funny how after we got this, stains began disappearing." —Dayex2

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. Or hang up some pretty laundry symbol wall art if your laundry room's walls are looking pretty empty.

    Molly Alexander / Etsy

    Download it instantly from Molly Alexander on Etsy for $7 (available in personalization and a range of colors.

    7. And while you're at it, print out this too so you have a quick guide for effectively treating a stain before you wash it the first time.


    And check out even more of our super helpful laundry hacks.

    8. 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!


    Treat 'em like lip balm. Keep one in your purse, one at your desk, one in your car. You get the stain-fighting gist. Rarely a day goes by when someone in my office isn't asking around about borrowing one.

    Promising review: "This is my first time using Tide To Go and I'm hooked! It successfully removed a 24-hour chili stain from a sports jersey. The stain disappeared in under a minute! Can I rate it higher than 5 stars?" —ToTheMax

    Get three packs from Amazon for $8.97.

    9. Switch to this all-natural, biodegradable stain fighter if the product you've been defaulting to for years no longer seems to cut it on your family's messy offenses.


    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.

    10. But if you prefer a spray, try this plant-based stain remover that'll do a number on spots — even with its cruelty-free and 100% vegan formula!, Amazon

    Promising review: "This stuff works so well! I have an almost 2-year-old daughter and she likes to make messes. She also loves to play outside. This stuff has gotten so many stains out. Grass stains, chocolate stains, Cheeto stains." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

    11. Maintain the thing that cleans your things with machine-cleaning tablets to help tackle dirt and detergent buildup for an efficient cleaning the first cycle.


    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 six tablets from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. And if tablets STILL don't seem to get rid of weird mildew smells, take a stab at this liquid washing machine cleaner ready to make you say "Vinegar? I don't know her."


    Promising review: "It works. I have a front load washer that was treated with vinegar, bleach, and numerous washer cleaning tablets to get rid of the horrible mildew smell. This is the only thing that has actually done the job. It is takes a bit of time for the first treatment because it needs to be done twice but I'll be using this regularly from now on." —faqby

    Get it from Amazon for $14.29.

    13. Get ahead of machine buildup with some wool dryer balls as a natural fabric softener that'll *also* speed up dry time!


    Pssst, if you're worried you'll miss the fabric softener sheet smell, you can use some essential oils with these!

    Promising review: "What a great way to save dryer time and get your clothes nice and fluffy. I bought them in order to impart more fluffiness to blankets and coats. But as it turns out, I use them for every load because they are a catalyst for drying. I was afraid these wool balls would be too loud bouncing around in the dryer, but they are pretty sedate. There is a little more bonking but not as if there was a pair of running shoes, for comparison. We hear soft thuds when the dryer balls are in motion — but not enough to interrupt movie watching or phone calls." —HappySunnyTrails

    Get six from Amazon for $16.95.

    14. Regularly clean out your lint trap with a ~flexible~ lint brush to clean up drying time AND prevent fires. (Seriously.)


    This is even more important if you use a laundry machine you don't own (think in a laundromat or in an apartment building) because other people probably aren't bothering with the maintenance of those machines.

    Get two from Amazon for $7.59.

    15. Catch costly liquid detergent overflow with a drip catcher that can also help you avoid moving around that giant jug of cleaning goo., Amazon

    Almost $11 can seem costly, but how much detergent has made a mess and NOT ended up cleaning your clothes?

    Promising review: "Absolutely love it! To me it’s worth every penny since it saves me time and irritability from constantly having to move it from where it’s stored to reduce the mess dispensing the soap could leave behind. It also helps indirectly with my Fibromyalgia." —A2

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    16. Tight on space? Slide a skinny storage unit in between machines or between stacked machines and the wall for easy access to all your cleaning essentials,

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I have a one bedroom apartment with a stacked washer and dryer. I used to put the stuff on top, but it would shake itself off. I ordered this and it fits perfectly. It holds all of my laundry stuff (dryer sheets, fabric softener, laundry detergent, iron, fireworks, tennis balls for drying, and extra TP paper towels)." —Southern Charmer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.86 (available in three, four, or five tiers).

    17. But if the top of your laundry machines is the only place where you can store detergent or fold your laundry, put up some laundry guards to avoid dirtying fresh-from-the-dryer towels that slipped off the side of your machine.


    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.

    18. Protect bras by washing them in special bags because it's cute that you say you're going to hand-wash them weekly, but that's just not happening.


    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 $12.35 (available in regular or large).

    19. Keep your sneakers (or other washable shoes) looking pristine in these shoe mesh bags that are the same deal as the bra bags ^ but with more room for your footwear.


    You can toss this in the machine like a regular delicates mesh bag. And if you have really big feet, three come in a set so you could use a bag for each shoe! Also, they're a better option than the shoe mesh bags that hook onto your machine door because sometimes those make doors hard to shut!

    Get three from Amazon for $10.89.

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


    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.

    21. Or keep track with a socks tool you can safely toss in the washer and dryer, and then hang up on a hook 'til you're ready to put them back in your drawers.


    Promising review: "I used to have a sock chair that held all the socks from the dryer until I got around to pairing them up. Now with Sock Dock I carry the socks to the drawer and put them away immediately. Easy to use and husband loves not having to search for a pair of socks!" —Scroober

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in four colors).

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


    Promising review: "Love this! Somehow we always end up with extra socks and end up piling them on our dresser, which looks ugly. This is a super cute solution." —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    While you're at it check out more of our clever laundry room organizing tips.

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

    Columbia Pictures Corporation

    If you want gray jeans, you'll buy gray jeans. OK?!

    24. Zip up any zippers before you throw stuff in the wash so those teeny tiny teeth won't shred your T-shirts.


    25. Park a magnetic ironing pad on top of your front-loading machine to avoid busting out the ironing board. Talk about a one-stop shop!


    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 $9.62.

    26. Detest ironing? De-wrinkle items faster with a handheld steamer for your nicer goods or wrinkle-release spray for your hardier items. (Ironing is a pain!)


    Owning a handheld fabric steamer will change your life. (I don't own an iron, but I do own this pricier Rowenta steamer that's worth every penny!)

    Promising review (for steamer): "This steamer worked A LOT better than I imagined. It is super small but don't let the size fool you, it steamed five of my dress shirts easily before I had to refill the water. I will definitely bring this with me when I travel for work too. Heats up and is ready for use in under one minute. HIGHLY recommend!" —Hope

    Get them from Amazon: steamer for $21.99 or two bottles of wrinkle-releaser spray for $13.94

    27. 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.

    New Line Cinema

    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.

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


    Plastic hooks fit on standard shower rods. Holds up to 10 lbs., and folds away when you're done with laundry! And some reviewers also use it for drying swimsuits.

    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." —Nina

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    29. 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.


    Promising review: "This is a perfect fit for my patio and will hold a full load of laundry. Very sturdy. The first month I saved $50 on my electric bill from not running the dryer!" —Kharmama

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    30. 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!


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    31. 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.


    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.

    32. 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.


    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 $16.41.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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