Laundry Accessories

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Laundry accessories run the gamut from shelving to clothes hampers to warming racks to ironing boards, and more. Do you have an area of your home dedicated to a washing machine and dryer? Well, then, you want to make the most of that space. A few judiciously chosen accessories are probably in order. The first rule, though, is not to use the space for anything else. No storing of paint supplies, brooms, or anything else that belongs somewhere else. The only items that belong in a laundry area are laundry accessories.

A Laundry List of Laundry Accessories

Clothes hampers, the oldest laundry accessories in the world, are the first thing for an orderly laundry room. You might want one for your dirty clothes and another for the clean you pull from the dryer. Under-counter pull-out models, whether wire bins or canvas bags, come in a variety of widths and depths.

Few of us stand waiting for the dryer cycle to end, that 10-minute window when you can fold clothes neatly and not need to iron. Running to the cleaners on a regular basis isn't always the answer either. Ironing boards come as over-the-door models, counter models, and the old-fashioned foldaways. Irons might be the second oldest laundry accessory, come to think of it.

Towel warmers and towel racks round out the list. You might have room for a full freestanding electric towel warmer. A simple stow-away folding rack might be enough. Sweater-drying mesh racks stow easily on a shelf above the washer and dryer.

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