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13 Helpful Laundry Room Gadgets
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Laundry Room Gadgets for Easier Laundry
Most of us know the basics we need in the laundry room…washer, dryer, detergents, stain removers….and even branch out to include some extra tools of the trade like sorting hampers, irons and ironing boards or clothes steamers.
But tucked away in the corners of the laundry aisles at your local store and online are some amazing gadgets that might just make your laundry day easier. Some are simple, some ingenious, most will make you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that ?”
Take a look at these 13 laundry gadgets you never knew you needed, until now!
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One of the most common complaints about front load washers is the odor that appears when bacteria grows inside the drum and behind the door seals due to soil and detergent residue and excessive moisture. In addition to regular cleaning, one way to reduce the odors of the mold and mildew is to leave the washer door open when not in use. But, that can be hard to do if the washer door blocks a passageway and then it ends up closed again.
Now, there’s the Laundry Lasso! The stretchable lasso has suction cups and military grade elastic cord that can be adjusted to keep the door ajar even when bumped but still keep it safely out of the way. When you’re using the washer, the Laundry Lasso can easily be moved to the side but stays attached and handy.
Shop for the Laundry Lasso on Amazon.com
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Hanging freshly washed or dried clothes can reduce wrinkles and eliminate the need for ironing. But, not everyone has the floor space for a drying rack or a spot for a permanent hanging rod and most clothes hooks are not very attractive.
How about a wall mounted organizer that looks like a decorative element in the laundry room? The Arrow Hanger comes in several styles including one that can hold your favorite photos.
The hangers can be installed in a very small wall space. The hangers feature a chromed steel hanging rod that can hold up to 50 pounds. When the hanging laundry is put away, the bar disappears when the hanger slides shut completely out of the way.
Shop for Arrow Hangers on Amazon.com
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Buying laundry detergent or fabric softener in large containers can save money on the cost-of- use-per-load but those huge bottles are heavy and can be messy to use. Now there are Tidy-Cups. Just lay the bottle on its side on a shelf or on top of your front load washer and attach the Tidy-Cup. The little plastic shelf slips over the neck of the bottle and holds the detergent cup. No more mess!
A tip to prevent the use of too much laundry detergent in a load is to use a permanent marker to clearly mark a line on the detergent cup.
You’ll never waste money or leave excess detergent residue in your clothes again!
Shop for Tidy Cups on Amazon.com
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An ironing board takes up lots of space in the laundry room and can be a hassle to set up and then take down every time you need to use it. But, there are times that clothes or linens need a bit of ironing to remove wrinkles and make them look crisp.
So, whether you have a traditional ironing board or simply choose to iron without one, an ironing mat is a must have for quick touch-ups. The insulated mat protects the surface of your table, countertop or laundry appliance.
After ironing, it can be folded or rolled up to be tucked away until it’s needed again.
Shop for Ironing Mats on Amazon.com
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Laundry Appliance Guards
Two socks enter the laundry room. Only one comes out. Ever wonder where that missing sock goes? Look behind your washer or dryer.
The new front load washer and dryer pairs no longer have the control board mounted on the top of the appliance. The flat surfaces look sleek and fit well under upper cabinets but they leave an unprotected edge that is perfect for a sock seeking an escape route. Enter the Haus Maus Laundry Guard.
The guard is hinged and can be adapted to fit either one or two machines. It is easy to install and removable for easy cleaning. No more falling laundry or detergent bottles!
Shop for Laundry Appliance Guards on Amazon.com
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Clothes Hanger Organizer
In this video we will walk you through the steps required to make your very own cockpit cushions for your boat. This type of a cushion is called a box cushion which is the most popular type of cushion made worldwide, it’s used in multiple applications from homes, RVs and boats and indoor outdoor living spaces. After watching this video you’ll be prepared to spruce up your boat’s cockpit or other living area with a brand new set of cushions.
Order fabric and supplies at: http://www.sailrite.com
How to Make Cockpit Cushions Chapter List:
• Patterning — 0:28 min
• Calculating Fabric Required — 1:56 min
• Cutting Plates — 3:46 min
• Sewing Piping — 5:32 min
• Cutting Boxing — 8:57 min
• Creating Zipper Plaque — 11:56 min
• Sewing Boxing — 15:51 min
• Sewing Bottom Plate — 20:09 min
• Cutting Foam — 23:36 min
• Materials List — 27:59
• Marine Exterior Fabric from Sailrite (we used Sunbrella Marine Grade fabric)
• Dura Skrim Patterning Material – Item #103134
• Cushion Underlining White (or other colors) – Item #768
• Deluxe Vinyl Embossed Welting/Piping – Item #103291
• Thread V-69 or V-92 Polyester
• YKK Zipper #5 Vislon Continuous White – Item #28218
• YKK Slider #5 Vislon White Plastic Single Pull – Item #103178
• Foam Dry Fast Open Cell from Sailrite
• Sewing Machine
• Marker, Yard Stick, Tape Measure, Calculator, Scissors, Pencil
• Sailrite Edge Hotknife Package – Item #103800
• Deluxe 5 ½” Magnetic Sewing Guide – Item #103597
• Acu-Cutter 350 Foam Cutter – Item # 100157 or Electric Kitchen Knife