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8 Things You Need If You Hate Doing Laundry

Laundry: You don't have to love doing it, but it needs to get done somehow. If you need a little coaxing to gear yourself up for laundry day, take a look at some of these clever inventions that promise to make the job easier, cleaner, faster, and maybe even more fun.
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T-Shirt Folder

If laundry day results in a mountain of laundry that never diminishes, you might need a little extra help folding all those clothes. Even if you don’t have extra hands to make light work, you can find assistance in the form of a shirt-folding board like this one. Place t-shirts on the board, then follow the included instructions to achieve perfectly folded clothes. Available on Amazon; $14.99.

Detergent Drip Cup

If the thought of touching the sticky side of a laundry detergent bottle makes you batty, consider a cleaner alternative. The Tidy-Cup attaches to detergent dispensers, keeping your hands, surfaces, and bottles clear. Available on Amazon; $10.95.

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Dryer Balls

Stuck with a dim and dismal basement laundry room? If you can’t afford the kind of full-scale remodel that will put a smile on your face, bring in something small to light up your day. Quirky dryer balls, like these cacti from Kikkerland, lighten the mood while performing a crucial function: improving the efficiency of your dryer by cutting drying time in half. Available on Amazon; $8.95 for a set of two.

Pet Laundry Bag

If you drag your feet when it’s time to launder your pet’s bedding, who could blame you? After all, washing dog, cat, rabbit, and guinea pig bed or cage liners is stinky, hairy business. Simplify matters for yourself by popping bedding into a pet laundry bag before you add it to the washer. The bag lets soap and water enter but keeps pet hair and debris from filtering into the washer and clogging the drain. Available on Amazon; $24.95.

Floating Filter

These reusable floating devices offer another way to nab cat, dog or human hair before it washes down the drain or pills up on your shirts. Float it on the water in a top-loading washing machine, allow it to remain in the washer while your laundry agitates, then empty the contents so the filter is ready to use again. Available on Amazon; $7.99.

Delicates Bags

The care label on your delicate items may say “hand wash only,” but if you don’t ever get around to scrubbing your laundry by hand, what’s the point? Instead, place your delicate items in a mesh laundry bag like this one, then add them to the washing machine on the delicate cycle. Your clothes will get clean and your hands will stay dry. Available on Amazon; $12.99.

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Smelly Towel Cleaner

Towel day just got easier. Banish stubborn musty odors from towels—without a second rinse—with the aid of a trusty solution like Smelly Towel Cleaner. Although the product name may sound like a joke, the rave reviews from Amazon shoppers indicate this is seriously powerful stuff. Available on Amazon; $18.99.

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Collapsible Laundry Basket

When laundry day is done, and all your clothes are folded and put away, fold and hide away your laundry basket, too. This collapsible model from Vremi is perfect for multi-use spaces, small laundry rooms, or any home where you don’t want any visual clutter reminding you that laundry day is coming soon. Available on Amazon; $31.95.

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Handy Helpers

Laundry doesn’t have to be the worst household chore.