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35 Things To Help You Master The Art Of Doing Laundry

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2. A laundry add-on that'll brighten colors and whites and remove stains. It's free from phosphates, chlorine, color, and fragrance. Plus, the tin is cute.

Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have never been able to get the yellow stains out of my husband's white pillow case until I pre-soaked it in this product. It now looks new! When I saw the amazing results, I began using Nellie's Oxygen Brightener in all my white and bright loads of laundry and have been very happy with the results. This all-natural product works better than any chemical-laden brand name product I have tried. The tin is convenient, reusable, and just so darn cute — it makes me happy just looking at it." —Anne F. Parrish

Get it from Amazon for $13.68.


3. A double hamper so you can keep clothes separated and ready for laundry day. It's also lined with two removable mesh bags for easy transport from the hamper to your washing machine.

Promising review: "This thing is great and so intuitive. Between the removable bags with handles, the magnetic lid, and the two compartments, it's completely changed my laundry day routine. No more sorting, no more lumbering around with a heavy basket or drawstring sack. Just open up the velcro tabs, grab the mesh liner by the handles, and go! Couldn't ask for more." —Felix Felicis

Get it from Amazon for $37.96 (available in three colors).

4. A collapsible basket that can hold an entire load of laundry when opened and fit anywhere when flattened.

Promising review: "I love this basket. It's large enough for the amount of laundry I do, and it stores away nicely when I'm done. I haven't had any issues with the basket staying fully extended." —K. Thomas

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

5. A clothes folder to make the task of folding laundry a lot more tolerable. It can be adjusted to accommodate thicker pieces like sweaters. You'll have a neat and uniform stack in no time!

Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. So glad I have it. 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 $13.99 (comes with a set of clothespins).

6. A laundry boost that'll get rid of any odors and organic stains (from pit stains to pet accidents). You can also apply it as a pre-treatment.

Promising review: "Y'all. This is the real deal. I've never written an Amazon review before, but I feel compelled to because this is the best six dollars I've ever spent. I rescued a dog a couple of weeks ago, and a friend recommended I order this to have on hand. Since then, this has effectively cleaned pee, vomit, food, and poo stains off of clothes, towels, and a duvet cover. It doesn't bleach things or leave a chemical smell, either. If you have a pet, get this!" —Rachel B.

Get it from Amazon for $7.49.


7. A gadget to rest your detergent cup on — it'll catch any drips and prevent a mess.

Promising review: "I've only had this for a week, and I'm already wondering how I lived without it. Finally, a solution for less mess in the laundry room. No more messy detergent leaks, drips, or a cap covered in detergent. I would recommend this product to anyone; it's a game changer!" —makenna

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

8. A magnetic ironing mat that'll transform your washer/dryer top into an ironing board. The fabric can withstand heat up to 500°F.

Promising review: "I wanted something to iron my clothes on without having to purchase and store a large ironing board. This was the perfect solution! It attaches magnetically to the top of the washing machine and is a standard heat-resistant quilted surface that is specifically made to iron on. Magnets keep it perfectly in place while you do your work, and I don't worry about scorching it. Highly recommend this as a replacement to a large ironing board. I chose to leave ours out all of the time, but it's very easy to remove and put back on so you could store it when not in use." —Cathee

Get it from Amazon for $10.57.

9. A cap washer to protect your favorite hat from losing its shape in the wash or in your luggage.

Promising review: "These work just as advertised. I bought the two-pack, figuring I could wash two hats at a time in the top rack of the dishwasher. I can and did, and the hats washed surprisingly well. I used ordinary dishwasher detergent, though I put in less than half of what I normally use for dishes. If I were washing an antique and/or valuable hat, I might use even less or no detergent." —T. W. Trussell

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

10. A wall-mounted ironing board holder with a storage basket for your iron and other laundry necessities.

Promising review: "Great quality and a convenient little storage helper. I love this thing! Everything is all nice and neatly organized in one place for all my ironing needs. Super sturdy and easy to hang. I'm actually kinda excited to iron now... kinda. Lol." —Lex

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


11. A set of mesh laundry bags (in assorted sizes) to protect your delicate garments from getting damaged in the wash.

Promising review: "I used the smaller bags for my bras (I closed the bra snaps first so it would not snag the mesh). I used the other bags to wash my sequin tops. I used one of them for my beaded top. None of the sequins fell off. None of the beads fell off. I did turn the tops inside out prior to putting them in the mesh bags to avoid the beads and sequins snagging the mesh. I am very pleased with how the mesh bags held up in the washing machine (I did use the delicate cycle). The largest bag is HUGE, and it worked well for my sequined squirrels-on-skis sweatshirt (don't judge me)." —T. Webster

Get a set of five from Amazon for $7.99.

12. A natural stain remover that's non-toxic yet effective at dislodging stubborn stains (without bleaching or discoloring the fabric).,

Promising review: "So far I've used it on several new stains and a few older, set-in stains. It did a very good job on grass and dirt ground into my son's white karate pants. That particular stain needed to be washed twice, and there's still a tiny trace of ground-in dirt, but it's about 90% gone. The 'miracle' was a set-in grease stain on a black T-shirt of mine. It had already been through the dryer several times, so I thought it was hopeless. But I applied Puracy, let it sit about 10 minutes, and then washed in warm water with regular detergent. The grease stain is completely gone, and there was no discoloration to the black shirt." —Stellalune

Get it from Amazon for $16.

13. A vintage-inspired wall storage unit to help lost socks find their ~sole~ mates. Clip up the 'single' socks until the matching one is found!

Promising review: "My kids and I love this wall decor! It makes it easy for them to find missing pairs of socks!" —Lorraine

Get it from World Market for $49.99.

14. A tablet that'll leave your washing machine sparkling clean and odorless. The washer needs washing, too, you know.

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." —Kelli Crawford

Get a box from Amazon for $9.98 (five tablets included).


15. A rolling laundry sorter cart with an attached ironing board (that lifts up for easy access to the removable canvas bags). Think of it as your personal laundry center: sort, carry, iron, and fold all in one place.

Promising review: "Wish I would have discovered this sooner. It was easy to assemble. The sturdy frame makes it easy to move around. I wheel it out of the closet when I need to iron and wheel it back in to hide the laundry. The three pouches allow you to pre-sort before wash day. Say goodbye to laundry baskets with the grab-and-go pouches. Love it!" —darryd

Get it from Amazon for $61.99.

16. A nifty tool to recover drawstrings that get lost in the waistband. You'll wonder how you've ever lived without it!

Promising review: "It used to drive me nuts when the strings would get stuck in a sweatshirt, sweatpants, etc. This tool makes it so easy to get them out in seconds! It is a must-have in every home!" —Ann

Get it from the Grommet for $9.95 (available in two patterns).

17. A hanging mesh sweater dryer so your favorite knits don't stretch out on regular drying racks or hangers. Just hook it onto your shower rod — it can hold up to 10 pounds of clothing.

Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. Every time I washed sweaters I would spread towels all over the guest bed, and it would take a couple of days, if not more, for them to dry. With this dryer, they are almost completely dry the next day. The best part is they hang in the guest bathroom out of the way, and the cats can't walk all over the newly washed sweaters. Well worth the money." —Cynthia A. Borklund

Get it from Amazon for $12.03.

18. A Downy ball that automatically dispenses softener during the rinse cycle (for washing machines that don't come with a built-in fabric softener release). Just fill it up and pop it in at the start of the wash, and you won't have to wait around!,

It's designed for use in traditional (non-HE) machines.

Promising review: "I know it says to only use with the Downy Ultra, but we use it with all fabric softeners, and it works great. Remember to throw it in at the bottom of your wash, and you don't need to fill it all the way. It's so much easier than remembering to go back and add fabric softener before the rinse cycle (especially if you're working with an older washing machine)." —Mallory R. Barrett

Get it from Amazon for $5.48.


19. A set of wool dryer balls for an eco-friendly and chemical-free alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener. They reduce static cling, wrinkles, and lint and help clothes dry faster. One set will last for years!

Promising review: "I like wool balls and I cannot lie. You other parents can't deny that when family walks in with an itty bitty load and a round basket in your face... you clean, static-free laundry?" —nesnakes

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.49.

20. A bottle of lavender essential oil to add to aformentioned wool dryer balls. It'll give your laundry a naturally fresh scent. / Via

Promising review: "I've been using this on wool dryer balls. My laundry comes out smelling wonderful! I only need one or two drops per ball and three balls per load. The aroma lasts several loads before needing to be re-applied. I have fresh, clean, lovely smelling laundry with no harmful chemicals. I love this stuff!" —Alisa D

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

21. A mesh bag for washing and drying sneakers. It attaches to most front-loading washer/dryer doors with Velcro straps so the shoes stay in place.

Promising review: "This sneaker bag is a great help in the laundry room. It not only keeps shoes from banging around in the washer and dryer but also is great for putting small items like socks and scarves in it for laundering." —Kathryn F. Baum

Get it from Amazon for $7.37.

22. A laundry sanitizer that kills any bacteria your detergent doesn't, preventing odors and the spread of illnesses. It works in cold water (just add to the rinse cycle) and doesn't contain bleach so it's safe to use on most fabrics.

Promising review: "I heard about this sanitizer additive on the Rachael Ray Show. I figured I'd try it and see if I like it. I absolutely LOVE this product! I used it for the first time on my towels. They smell and feel like they are brand new towels! I am not kidding!" —CNB

Get it from Amazon for $10.44.


23. A compact, non-electric laundry pod perfect for smaller loads, hand-wash items, and apartments without washer/dryer in-unit.,

Promising review: "Living in an apartment without access to laundry facilities (except the laundromat, of course) kinda sucks. I would throw this sucker in my tub and do my laundry there. It's a huge time saver, and I love being able to do laundry when I had time (like at midnight) and not just when the laundromat was open. I always used cold water because I just prefer cold water for washing clothes. I never had any issues with getting stuff clean. It's about half of the capacity of a regular-sized washing machine." —JW

Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

24. A slim rolling storage cart to fit perfectly between a washer and dryer.

Promising review: "This is perfect for between my washer and dryer to store my laundry stuff that would often fall off the top of the washer during the spin cycle. It makes my laundry room look much neater, and I wish I had gotten this ages ago. Easy to put together and sturdy. Rolls in and out with ease." —K. Breton

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

25. A gentle yet effective down cleaner that preserves the natural oils, loft, and warmth of down. You can use it on jackets, sleeping bags, and comforters.,

Promising review: "This detergent really blew me away. I bought this mainly to wash some dingy down jackets that have been on too many trips to count — can't remember the last time they were washed. I washed them in my top-loading washer on a delicate cycle in warm water with one ounce of cleaner, per instructions. Dried on low with a few wool dryer balls, and our old jackets are good as new! Sparkling clean, odorless, and VERY lofty. I've held off washing my down for so long because I was terrified of ruining an expensive piece of gear, but this product makes it dead easy." —Sarah P

Get it from Amazon for $11.78.

26. A set of washing balls to prevent clothes from getting tangled and help heavier fabrics get a more thorough scrubbing (such as denim and cotton sheets).

Promising review: "I bought these because our clothes kept getting twisted into a massive rope knot by our top-loading washer. I did a lot of research, and this was the best idea I could find, so I tried it. They have worked EXACTLY as I hoped and have nearly completely stopped the problem. Before I start a load in the washer, I throw these six balls randomly on top of the clothes. When the clothes are done, I open the lid... and no more untwisting a massive knot of fabric. The first few times, I thought I was just getting lucky. But now 15 loads later, there is no doubt: these work!" —ReconMarine1969

Get a set of six from Amazon for $7.98.


27. A drying rack that provides ample hanging space and folds flat for compact storage. It's perfect for smaller homes!

Promising review: "This white drying rack is just perfect. It came very carefully packaged. I love that there was no assembly required — it's just ready to use. Having used it twice now with delicate items and two dresses, I can tell you it has no sharp edges to pick my clothing and leaves no visible creases. It's exactly what I'd been looking for, and I highly recommend it." —Kelly Fentress

Get it from Amazon for $23.22.

28. A fancy wool and cashmere shampoo for washing more precious sweaters/scarves/gloves/hats. You won't need to dry clean them anymore! / Via

Promising review: "When I turned 35 and decided to start saving for retirement, I realized that I could no longer afford to shlep to the dry cleaners every time I wore wool pants or a cashmere sweater. Enter my search for an alternative. This is the best alternative I have found, and it has never ruined a sweater or pair of pants yet. I tend to shop at J.Crew, Ann Taylor, and Nordstrom for reference, so I felt like I had a lot at stake. But no problems yet. At first, I just did hand-washing, but now I stick a few items in the washer on delicate and then hang dry. The savings is crazy amazing. Recommended." —med student

Get it from Amazon for $18.

29. A hanger stacker to keep all your hangers neat, untangled, and ready-to-use for the next laundry day.,

Promising review: "This product very easily keeps my unused hangers straight, untangled, and in a very accessible location in my closet without taking up valuable closet rod and floor space. I also have never found a product that was so easy to assemble. I can fit around 50-75 plastic hangers on one rack (depending on the thickness). It's plenty big for my in-between laundry days, but if you have a lot of extra hangers, then I would recommend two. It is also very light, so very easy to move from one room to the next." —sabagg2007

Get it from Amazon for $16.12.

30. A magnetic laundry guard that conveniently prevents stuff from falling behind your front-load washer and dryer.

Promising review: "So glad I took a chance and got this! My washer jumps and moves around on the spin cycle, so I wasn't sure if this could stay in place. I am amazed to see that the magnets hold it in place on my rambunctious washing machine. This is an incredibly handy invention. I have to confess, I don't always put clean laundry away immediately. Before I got this, socks and other items were sliding behind the washer and dryer. This keeps everything in place. A great purchase." —Betta Days

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.


31. A pair of pant stretchers to ensure wrinkle-free, creased trousers. Insert one stretcher into each pant leg and hang to dry — you won't even need to iron them.

Promising review: "I HATE ironing clothes. But I do love natural fibers. Even an iron can't flatten my beloved linen slacks like these pants stretchers do with ease. Wet out of the washing machine, insert each stretcher into a pant leg and get everything just how you want it. Expand the spring-loaded frame until everything is tight, hang them up for a few hours with the hooks supplied (meant for a laundry line, a little small for a hanging rod), and voila — they are absolutely flat with a sharp crease. They are large enough for any of my slacks or jeans, and I wear a 36-30. No rust that I've noticed." —T.M.

Get a pair from the Vermont Country Store for $19.95.

32. A cute and retro storage tin perfect for stashing detergent pods, laundry powder, clothespins, dryer sheets, or even some quarters (for communal laundry facilities).

Promising review: "I got mine a few weeks ago, and I'm in LOVE with it. I'm currently using it to hold my dryer sheets, and it works out perfectly. Everyone that visits takes note of it." —emunoz

Get it from World Market for $19.99.

33. A hamper backpack that's basically made for college students. It makes hauling a huge bag of clothes to the laundry facilities so much easier and leaves your hands free to carry detergent and other supplies.

Promising review: "This thing has made it so much easier to carry laundry up and down four flights of stairs. It easily holds two loads of laundry. The drawstring fastener does not open when you are carrying it. It is a million times better than carrying that much weight with your hands. It feels a little bulky and awkward on your back, but that's because it's essentially a bag with straps on it. However, the straps don't dig in and are adjustable. There are grommets around the opening so you can hang it on hooks on your wall." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

34. A portable electric dryer to use anywhere (especially if you don't have access to a full-size one). It can dry a light load in approximately 30 minutes.

Promising review: "I prefer this over a tumble dryer. It was very easy to assemble. It's so quiet that I had to stop and listen to see if it was running. It dried a load of towels followed by a sheet set in not much more time than a regular dryer. And my sheets smell and feel great! I just dried a load of my clothing in it, and I am even more excited about this product." —aspielicious

Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

35. A fragrance-free fine fabric wash to use on expensive materials such as silk, linen, really nice bed sheets, towels, and lingerie.

Promising review: "I have used several different kinds of fine fabric washes, and this is my favorite. Just a few drops on an old blood stain on a silk bedspread, and it was gone! No smearing of blood; it just disappeared! Highly recommend." —Singing Bird

Get it from Amazon for $16.85.

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