The 8 Best Supplies for Doing the Laundry in 2017

Shop for the best detergents, drying racks, hangers, and more

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of putting on freshly laundered clothing or slipping into bed between sheets that are still warm from the dryer. While doing laundry might still be a chore, there are a few things that can make it a little bit easier. Using the best quality products is the first step to making sure your clothes come out fresh and clean. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best laundry products available now from detergents to laundry baskets and dryer sheets to clothes...MORE hangers. Stock up on these items before laundry day, and we promise the chore won’t seem so bad.

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    A top seller in its category, Tide is a well-regarded brand, and has a long history of great performance when it comes to cleaning clothes. This particular product is a high-efficiency (HE) detergent, meaning it’s specially formulated to be used in machines that use less water. You can read more about what exactly that means and whether or not you need HE detergent here. The original scent is infused with aloe and floral notes, and the company claims this formula can remove more than 100 stains...MORE in one wash. The description notes that while it cleans in all temperatures of water, it’s ingredients are so powerful that it does so even better in cold water, which can save money on energy costs and help your garments last longer.

    Considering it’s the top-selling detergent brand in the country, it’s safe to say many consumers are happy with Tide. The majority of customers who have purchased this particular product reported being satisfied with it. Many praised the fresh smell it leaves clothes, along with how it makes them feel against their skin. Of course not everyone has the same preferences. Critical reviews mostly centered around users who didn’t prefer the smell or, on a smaller scale, had allergic reactions to the detergent.

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    Another well-regarded brand, Gain has been a staple in many homes — so much so that there’s even a name for the loyal users: Gainiacs. This particular detergent features the classic original scent, but you can also find it in lavender and apple mango tango. The company claims it’ll keep your clothes smelling fresh for up to two weeks after you wash them, plus, thanks to its perfume micro capsule technology which breaks and releases scent during regular wear, you’ll get whiffs of that fresh scent...MORE throughout the day. While it is made for HE machines, it can also be used in regular machines.   

    For most customers, it seems to be a matter of scent preference, and those who are fans of Gain really love the smell of it. Of course most of the critical reviews are from those who don’t prefer the scent. A few have also had issues with it removing stains, but most were satisfied overall with the product. 

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    If you want to leave your clothes extra soft, try these dryer sheets from Bounce, a number on seller in its category. Simply toss one in the dryer with your clothes to help control static, prevent wrinkles, and freshen clothing. Some people even use these around the house by tucking them in dresser drawers or even in gym bags for a fresher scent.

    Fans of the product love the light and airy outdoor scent and the fact that it lasts long. But as always when it comes to smell, some have different...MORE preferences and therefore a minority of customers weren’t as satisfied.

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    If most of your hangers are mismatched or from the dry cleaners, it might be time to upgrade your closet. When you’re shopping for a matching set, consider this 50-pack of hangers from Home-It. Thanks to the velvety texture on the body of the hanger your clothes, even delicate tops, are less likely to slip off onto your closet floor. And because they’re thin, you can increase the number of clothes in your closet by half. The shape of the hanger also prevents creases or shoulder dimples from...MORE developing while your clothes are hanging up.

    Most customer gave the hangers a glowing review, saying they really do save space in the closet and prevent clothes from slipping off. Some critical reviews reported hangers breaking, but most customers agreed that they were a quality purchase.

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    Need a place to toss your dirty clothes until laundry day or tote everything to the washing machine? Finding the perfect laundry hamper can be a challenge. You want something that’s sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and reasonably priced. This one from Rubbermaid is all of the above, and is the bestseller in its category. It’s made of canvas and can be easily cleaned, plus it’s stain resistant. Measuring 23 inches high by 14 inches square, it also collapses when you need to store it.

    Most reviewers...MORE would recommend this product to others. One customer said they appreciated that the product is so sturdy and can be easily cleaned. One pointed out that it might be a little small for a couple who does laundry once a week, but it’s great for one person. It is also available for purchase in sets of two or three if you need additional hampers. Some have complained about the hamper losing its shape over time and getting moldy when wet towels are placed in it often, but overall, customers give it five stars.

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    If you have delicate garments to hand wash in the sink, this is a great gentle detergent to use. According to the company, it is safe for silk, lingerie, and items that would normally be dry cleaned. The formula, which has natural antibacterial properties, has a scent that mixes “herbal and citrus notes of rich amber, bergamot, lavender, and musk.” When hand washing, the company recommends not soaking silk in the detergent for more than 30 minutes. The best part is that you can use this...MORE detergent in the washing machine too. Just use the delicates cycle and a mesh bag for the best results.

    Many of the customers highly recommend this detergent, praising how well it cleans their clothing in addition to the scent. Of course, since it’s a matter of personal taste, some critical reviewers weren’t fans of the smell, saying it’s too perfume-y. But if you like a scented detergent, give this one a shot.

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    If you prefer to use dryer balls over sheets, these wool ones from Heart Felt are a great option. They are handmade from 100 percent pure New Zealand wool and are a reusable, eco-friendly option. The company claims these are durable for more than 1,500 washes and that they naturally soften without synthetic chemicals.

    The majority of customers highly recommend the product. Some said that they don’t make too much noise (one described it as sneakers banging around the dryer), and that they do an...MORE effective job of controlling static. You can also add essential oils to the balls to make your laundry smell fresher. Some critical reviewers said they didn’t notice a real difference in static reduction or softness, but most reviewers are happy with their dryer balls.

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    Whether you don’t have a dryer in your house or you want to line dry a few choice pieces of clothing, a drying rack is an important staple to have in your home. This one from CRESNEL is a sturdy piece that measures 58” x 24” x 40”, providing lots of room for your clothes to dry off (about a whole load to be exact). It’s great for indoor or outdoor use because of its rust-proof stainless steel construction. You can fold it up easily to store when you’re not using it. And it doesn’t require any...MORE setup with tools when you first get it.

    Customers have praised how strong and functional the piece is as well as the design. One of the complaints though is that even though the company claims it’s rust-proof, some have had issues with it developing spots over time. It’s recommended that if you live in a coastal area, wash and rinse the racks with mild soap and water occasionally so that the salt contents can be minimized in order to prevent rusting.

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