10 Essential Laundry Room Tools

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The truth is no one really enjoys doing laundry. It can seem tiring and never-ending, especially if you don't have the right tools and supplies. A properly stocked laundry room makes laundry time a much easier chore. These 10 items are the essentials to ease your laundry routine.

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    Washing Machine

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    The most important tool in your laundry room is your washing machine. While there are lots of fancy machines available with multiple settings, you need a machine that will fit in your laundry room and handle the amount of laundry your family creates. If you take the regular time to clean your washing machine and remove smelly odors, it will extend its life and the amount of time it can serve you and your laundry.

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    Dryer

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    Only slightly less important and used in the laundry room is a clothes dryer.  While many people prefer to hang their laundry to dry, there is no doubting the convenience an automatic clothes dryer provides. Keep the dryer clean checking often to make sure no debris or crayon stains are on the interior drum.

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    Drying Rack

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    A drying rack is a simple tool that you can drape delicate clothing on to dry. Some fabric types or types of clothing don't do well in the dryer. These items may be listed on the tag as "hang to dry." A drying rack is a convenient item that allows these pieces of clothing to dry by hand in the laundry room, out of the way.

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    Iron

    White iron on ironing board in front of white washer & dryer machines

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    If your laundry room has space, storing your iron there is a natural fit. Many people like to iron their clothes directly when they come out of the dryer. It is an efficient practice since clothes will have fewer wrinkles straight from the dryer and take less time to iron. One of the major ironing mistakes that people make is trying to iron clothes that have been over-dried or left in the dryer for too long.

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    Ironing Board

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    One of the best ironing board options for a laundry room is a fold-out ironing board that can be tucked away when not in use. There are also some people who prefer to lay an ironing board across a countertop in their laundry room. A good ironing board with plenty of mesh or metal holes to allow air to penetrate through is the best option. It will reduce your ironing time and give you better results.

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    Sink

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    A sink in the laundry room isn't a luxury most people have, but it is a wonderful one to consider when you are remodeling or building a laundry room. Having a sink directly in the laundry room allows you to treat stains, hand-wash clothes, and keep the laundry room neat and tidy.

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    Laundry Detergent

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    Good laundry detergent is a must for your laundry room. Choose a laundry detergent that fits your budget and laundry needs. Even though we love the convenience of other types of laundry detergent, we always try to keep at least a small amount of liquid laundry detergent on hand for pretreating stains.

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    Stain Removers

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    Stains happen, and when they do, you'll want your laundry room prepared. It's helpful to have a few different types of stain removers on hand to deal with different stain types. Stain removers come in spray, gel, and stick formats. Find which one works best for your laundry.

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    Baking Soda

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    Using baking soda in the laundry room is one of the best places to use it in your home.  Baking soda helps remove odors and stains.  It brightens and cleans your laundry.  It's an amazing little cleaner. Help yourself out by having a box or two of baking soda stored in your laundry room.

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    Laundry Additives

    Vinegar, bleach and clothes pins in glass containers next to dryer balls in woven basket

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    In addition to stain removers and baking soda, other laundry additives can help make washing and drying all of those loads a breeze. Consider adding bleach, fabric softener, scent boosters, vinegar, and other products to your shelves as needed.

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