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    35 Things To Help You Master The Art Of Doing Laundry

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    1. A natural stain remover — it's non-toxic yet effective at dislodging stubborn stains without bleaching or discoloring the fabric.

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    I have this stain remover, and it has rescued many, many pieces of clothing that would have otherwise been ruined. Read my full review of the Puracy stain remover!

    Promising review: "I have tried several stain removers and have to say this stuff really does remove stains. It's removed blood, grape juice, baby barf (we had a baby with severe reflux), chocolate, grass stains, sweat stains, melon, pretty much everything. The only thing it hasn't been able to remove was mashed banana, weirdly enough. My mother-in-law tried it, and she loved it and couldn't believe how well it worked. I have to say I was almost shocked at how well this worked. If you are wondering if it is really worth the price, it is. My wife says they should rename it to 'Chill Mom' because she no longer worries about stains at all, and she says that is priceless when you have a very curious and adventurous little boy who keeps finding new ways to get dirty." —Martin Isaksen

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

    2. A handy detergent cup caddy to catch any drips and prevent a mess. Laundry itself is enough work — you shouldn't have to clean up afterward.

    Promising review: "I'm writing this review a year after purchasing this product and I am still using it. It catches all the detergent drops from going onto the floor, stops the mess. This is like a blessing." —Meems

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98.

    3. A laundry add-on that'll brighten colors and whites, and remove stains. Plus, the tin is cute.


    It's free of phosphates, chlorine, color, and fragrance.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have never been able to get the yellow stains out of my husband's white pillowcase 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 a two-pound tin from Amazon for $14.89.

    4. 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.


    I've owned this laundry hamper for three years now and it's still as good as new!

    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 $39.96 (available in four colors).

    5. 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 $18.99 (available in two finishes).

    6. A cute and useful print to help you decipher all those confusing laundry care symbols so nothing is washed incorrectly again.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    7. An all-natural cleaning powder that'll banish those funky odors from your towels and linens.


    Promising review: "This is THE BEST thing to happen to laundry since water. I have a giant blanket I washed and threw in the dryer and forgot about for a week. I assumed it had dried. I WAS SO WRONG. It smelled horrendous. I proceeded to wash it three more times, using every trick in the book. I scoured the internet, I prayed to gods I didn't believe in, I wore tinfoil hats, I bargained with the devil. I almost promised my mom a grandchild. I was ready to burn down my house and just start a new life (yes, over a blanket) but then I stumbled upon this miracle product. In just one wash, it transformed my life. YES, MY ENTIRE LIFE. It not only rid my blanket of that god-awful stench (you know the one — mildew plus despair), but it gave me hope again. It made me believe that if I just have a little faith, things truly will be okay. Thank you, Smelly Towel Cleaner. Thank you for making me a believer." —jeni chen

    Get it from Amazon for $22.38.

    8. 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 $11.76.

    9. A set of wool dryer balls for an eco-friendly and chemical-free alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener.


    Promising review: "These little gems are excellent! I wish I'd bought them sooner. They literally cut the drying time of my laundry in half. I use them with absolutely every dryer load and finish my laundry in record time. For me, this is a time- and money-saving, must-have laundry helper." —C. Hawkins

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $16.95.

    10. And a bottle of lavender essential oil to add to aformentioned wool dryer balls. It'll give your laundry a naturally fresh scent.


    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 $10.19.

    11. Or, a couple of puffer fish dryer buddies that'll do the same thing as wool balls while looking extremely cute.


    Promising review: "I love these. I live in the desert and in the winter especially it gets super dry, and static becomes insane here. I don't much care for dryer sheets because they stick to everything and my dog likes to destroy them, so these balls are amazing. They have completely cut down the static in my clothes and sheets. Even microfiber sheets come out with zero static. I'm impressed. They have also improved drying time by quite a bit as well. They make the dryer a bit noisy but I can live with that for all the benefits." —Siobhan

    Get them from Amazon for $9.50.

    12. A fancy wool and cashmere shampoo so you can wash precious sweaters/scarves/gloves/hats at home instead of relying on the dry cleaners.

    The Laundress

    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 $18.39.

    13. A gentle fabric wash for cleaning and prolonging the lifespan of your delicates.


    It's free of dyes, sulfates, phosphates (optical brighteners), chlorine, bleach, and caustics. It's also biodegradable and not tested on animals.

    Promising review: "This was first recommended to me by a small lingerie boutique. The little four-ounce bottle lasted me years — a little sprinkle goes a long way when I handwash. I love that the scent is very very mild, a gentle kind of baby/clean linen scent, but unlike most scented things, it doesn't irritate my skin or nose and eyes. It'll make your 105°F humid summer workout sports bras smell fresh, haha! I kept the empty little four-ounce bottle and refill it from this bigger 32-ounce now. I've been using it for maybe four years now and can't think of any cons for the product." —TAC

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

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


    Promising review: "Wore my fitted cap so much it got sweat stains and started looking gross. Bought this, put it in dishwasher on the glass rack, and the hat came out looking almost brand new. Fantastic, if you have a lot of baseball caps, one of these is a great investment to keep 'em looking new. I also use the cage to just keep my favorite hat on to keep its shape." —Geoffrey A. Sergeant

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    15. A laundry basket that can fold flat for storage when it's not in use.


    It measures 21.25"(L)x13.25"(W)x18.5"(H) when opened and can carry two full loads of laundry at once.

    Promising review: "I have a special needs child situation at home, and I legit have to wash a minimum of three loads of clothes every single day, often as many as six or seven in a day. I have had laundry hampers and laundry baskets coming out the wazoo forever! Bought five of these (three to start, two more when I got the first and fell in love). Now, in those super rare moments when all the laundry is washed, dried, folded, and put away, I just fold these back down like they were when they arrived, and they go under the corner of the bed or between the washer and dryer. In the event I need to fill with wet items, a tall kitchen garbage bag fits perfectly as a 'liner'. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!" —BDR

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in seven colors).

    16. A hanger stacker so you can keep all the hangers neat, untangled, and ready-to-use for the next laundry day.

    Promising review: "Working in retail for a million years, I know how amazing these can be in keeping your life less chaotic! I put off ordering for months, and I'm mad at myself that I did, because these beat a box of hangers hands down! I ordered two — one for dress/shirt hangers and one for skirt/pant hangers. They arrived today, seem to be made of the same metal that I've used in retail stores, appear to be sturdy, and are super easy to assemble!" —KatieLee333

    Get it from Amazon for $18.30.

    17. A magnetic laundry guard for preventing stuff from falling behind your front-load washer and dryer.

    Promising review: "Super easy to put together and the magnets are a lot stronger than I originally anticipated. Absolutely love the fact that I can place the clothes on top while I fold them and not worry about a sock or two falling behind the set." —Elizabeth Bennett

    Get it from Amazon for $29.82.

    18. 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 $11.99 (comes with a set of clothespins).

    19. 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, but it also 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 five-pack from Amazon for $9.98.

    20. A set of washing balls so your clothes won't get tangled up in the cycle. They'll also help heavier fabrics (such as denim and cotton sheets) get a more thorough scrubbing.


    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 $7.9.

    21. A hamper backpack for an easy way to haul a huge bag of clothes to the laundromat (if you're in college or live in an apartment that doesn't have laundry in unit). Plus, your hands will be free to carry detergent and other supplies.


    Promising review: "Can easily carry two large loads of laundry. I walk to my laundry facility so I love that you can wear it as a back pack so you don't have to struggle with carrying a basket or traditional bag." —Taylor Lawrence

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three colors).

    22. A down detergent designed to keep your puffer jacket clean and fluffy.

    Promising review: "Love this for my off-white North Face down parka. It had old coffee, ketchup, and makeup stains from about four years that the dry cleaners could not get out. I was about to buy another jacket thinking it was a lost cause but after seeing theses reviews, I decided to try it and I'm so happy I did! I followed the directions and made sure to dry it on low heat with three tennis balls to add the fluff back and it came out like new! All the stains were gone! I will definitely reorder this and never ever take it back to the dry cleaners again! Highly, highly, highly recommend this product....worth EVERY PENNY!!!!" —kp1988

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    23. A natural fabric softener that'll make your laundry smell fresh and feel fluffy without any icky chemical ingredients.

    Mrs. Meyers

    Promising review: "I have been searching for a fabric softener that is not as harsh as the leading brands for a while now. Many of them either don't work well or smell awful. Vinegar rinses weren't cutting it, but this fabric softener is wonderful. I love the scent — mild, but noticeable — and the clothes and towels are much nicer now." —E. Rachel

    Get it from Amazon Prime Pantry for $7.98 .

    24. A wine stain remover, because you shouldn't feel anxious about sipping on some Merlot while cuddling with your fave throw blanket.

    This stain remover works on fresh and dried stains without the use of bleach or phosphates. In addition to wine, it also works on coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents. Check out more tried-and-true stain removal hacks.

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    25. Dye-trapping sheets for mixed laundry batches so your white shirts don't come out pink because of one rogue red sock.,

    These work in all water temperatures!

    Promising review: "These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and whites) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry, too, (he isn't the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. I use these for my jeans, too, since there are many variations of color; from light wash to dark. If you do laundry, then you need these!" —Shannon Schneider

    Get a 72-count from Amazon for $10.28.

    26. 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 $29.99.

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


    Promising review: "My husband bought this for us to hang our delicates up to dry. Everybody has certain items that cannot go through the dryer (Lululemon items, other delicates, etc.), and could benefit from having something like this to hang clothes to dry. This rack holds multiple pairs of pants or many clothes on hangers. It is the perfect way to organize laundry and keep clothes clean while they dry. I highly recommend this product as it is sturdy, sufficient, and simple." —Bean & Peanut

    Get it from Amazon for $26.06 (available in two finishes).

    28. A rustic laundry sign might help single socks find their missing ~sole~ mates.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. Downy Wrinkle Release spray for people who don't have time to iron their clothes in the morning (or...for people who just don't own an ironing board).

    Promising review: "This year I have been attending medical school interviews all over the country. I have ONE suit that I do not have the money to continuously dry clean between interviews. I bought these to keep with me when traveling so my suit remains pressed and fresh. I typically spray it and do not hot iron it (as it's time consuming and I have other things to worry about on interview day like answer prep and transportation). Really does what it says, would be great to keep clothes crisp and nice smelling, especially if you have a garment that wrinkles easily and you don't feel like ironing before each wear." —Taylor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.94 (available in two scents).

    30. 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.

    31. OxiClean laundry whitener + stain remover that'll restore whites to their original color and brighten other colors. It's chlorine-free and color-safe.,

    Just add to every load of laundry or you can dissolve in some water to pre-soak to get out really tough stains.

    Promising review: "I can't use regular bleach without making a mess and inadvertently bringing back acid-washed jeans. This stuff is a life-saver. It brightens up my colors, revives my whites, and gets out stains as well as any funky smells that can be lingering around, especially in gym clothes or anything else that gets sweaty. It also does wonders for towels, eliminating that mildewy funk they can get and zapping any stains, even in kitchen towels. While nothing can really get out turmeric, alas, this comes the closest, and that's saying a lot!" —Scholar of the Shire

    Get it from Amazon for $7.71.

    32. An electric fabric shaver so you can rescue five-year-old sweaters that still spark joy but are starting to look a little worse for wear.

    Promising review: "I honestly never even knew this type of device existed. I am so happy I found this and I don’t have to throw away my favorite sweater/jacket. The shaver worked great and went over zippers, seams, and even the little leather loops on it and didn’t damage a thing. This is probably my favorite Amazon purchase ever!" —morningfield

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    33. A bottle of Grandma's Secret Spot Remover for eliminating pretty much any kind of stain, from grease to chewed gum (!!!).

    Promising review: "I don’t know what’s in this stuff, but it works great on greasy food spots, tomato-based food spots, mustard, wine, and the mystery spots that you don’t notice until your clothes come out of the dryer. Even then, most of the set-in spots will go away after using this amazing product. It’s also taken out the remainder of chewed gum (peeled off) from a pair of jeans. It’s better than other pre-treat products. It works very very well." —Jennifer Bechtel

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.99 or a two-pack for $9.38.

    34. A handheld steamer to banish odor-causing bacteria and wrinkles. It'll make a crumpled old blouse look like a fresh purchase!

    Promising review: "Great steamer, very powerful for the size. Got the job done in half the time it would have taken me to do a traditional iron job." —Maekaeda Gibbons

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    35. A non-toxic ink remover that'll hold its own against permanent markers.

    Promising review: "Had a blue ink pen that found its way into the wash, which also made its way through the high-heat dry cycle and when I say there was blue everywhere...I had likely $600+ worth of good shirts in that load and I knew they were goners. Found this Amodex while doing some reading. Blew my mind but week-old, heat-set ink came completely out of most shirts. It does require a lot of scratching at the stain with your fingernail and a toothbrush, but this stuff truly works. I would recommend it to anyone." —Mike V

    Get it from Amazon for $10.43.

    You might even enjoy laundry day now!


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