Finding a great laundry hamper can not only keep dirty clothes off the floor, but can even make your laundry routine easier. Take a look at six different types of hampers. One is sure to fit your style, space and routine.
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Tilt Out Laundry Hamper
A tilt-out hamper is a very good choice because it looks like a nice piece of furniture but the front opens to reveal a collection bin that tilts for ease of unloading. The inner bin can be lined with a lightweight bag to make transporting clothes to the laundry room or laundromat easier.
Tilt-out hampers come in a variety of colors and cabinet styles from contemporary to traditional. They are available with single, double or triple bins for sorting whites, darks, and dry clean only clothes.
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Upright Closed Laundry Hamper
An upright hamper is a traditional form of a hamper. It is usually rectangular and takes up a slim footprint in a bathroom, bedroom or closet. Having a lid keeps dirty laundry out of sight and the lid is attached and the clothes are not sorted as they are added. Upright hampers are cumbersome to unload and not very portable.
Upright hampers come in many materials from bamboo to wicker to plastic. They can be found in every color and every price range.
In addition to the difficulty in removing clothes from the bottom of the hamper, the hampers can be difficult to clean and keep odor-free.
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Cloth Laundry Hamper
Cloth hampers may harken back to the old college laundry bag but today's cloth hampers are much more functional and attractive. The hamper is made of heavy-duty canvas that is reinforced with a wood or metal frame. Some are stationary or fit into a deep cabinet; others are outfitted with wheels that make them simple to move from the bedroom or bathroom to the laundry room.
When looking for a cloth hamper, consider the location. If the hamper will be in an open area, you may wish to find one that has a lid or is made from decorative fabric. An advantage of a cloth hamper is that the bag can be laundered to remove odors.
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Laundry Sorting Hamper
One of the most diverse and useful types of laundry hampers is one that allows sorting. By having sections that can be used for different types of laundry, you can save time and cut a step out of your laundry routine. Most people use one section for dark clothes, another for white clothes and a third for items that need to be hand washed or dry cleaned.
Sorting hampers come in every price range. From inexpensive pop-up mesh hampers to fabric to wicker to wood. While not always the most attractive, the most useful on laundry day are those that can be easily transported to the laundry room. Or, have sections that can be lifted away separately for a trip to the laundry room.
You can even find sorting hampers with hanging rods attached and a work counter for ironing or folding.
If you have family members that have a difficult time remembering how to sort clothes, adding a label is a quick way to teach laundry skills.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Shelves with Sorting Baskets
A shelving system with large baskets may be your choice for dirty laundry storage. Shelves with attractive baskets can look quite nice in a closet or bedroom. The downside is that the baskets don't usually have lids. If you have lots of smelly laundry like workout wear, this may not be the best choice for you.
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Inexpensive Hamper Choices
Large plastic laundry baskets or wicker baskets are easy to find and inexpensive to purchase. You can find a variety of sizes and shapes that will fit your space needs. By purchasing several, you can make your own sorting system. They can even be placed on deep shelves or in lower cabinets. It will be worth the added expense to purchase sturdy baskets with thicker handles.
Pop-up mesh hampers can be found in dollar stores. They are lightweight, bright and colorful. However, they are seldom very sturdy. If you have small children, a warning has been issued about a hazard. Injuries have reported from hampers that feature a spring wire construction. If the fabric that covers the tightly wound wire becomes frayed, the wire can pop out and cause eye or skin damage. Periodically check for wear and replace if needed.
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