Laundry Room Essentials
All-Natural Dryerballs by Nellie’s
Toss these studded plastic laundry balls into your dryer for faster results. The reusable balls, which provide an affordable, nontoxic alternative to fabric softener, lift and separate fabrics, allowing more air to pass through.
To buy: $20 for two, nelliesallnatural.com.
Le Labo Signature Detergent by The Laundress
Give special garments the royal treatment with this concentrated detergent, which is infused with Rose 31 fragrance from high-end perfumer Le Labo. Add just two capfuls to your wash and the fresh scent will linger for days on clothing and sheets.
To buy: $45 for 16 ounces, thelaundress.com.
Woven Nylon Hamper by The Container Store
It’s sturdier than it looks: This tall woven-nylon basket features a steel wire frame, so it can manage heavy loads with ease. For comfort, its handles are covered with smooth plastic tubing. It’s even pretty enough to pinch-hit as a bathroom storage container when shelf space is at a premium.
To buy: $40, containerstore.com.
Bra Washing Cube by Handy Laundry
Laundering your unmentionables by hand is a chore. Now you can machine-wash them, thanks to this convenient mesh pouch. Bras are safely tucked inside, so hooks won’t snag on other items, and the plastic ribbing will preserve their shape.
To buy: $5, handylaundry.com.
Chubby Tubby by The Macbeth Collection
Sick of hand-washing garments in that toothpaste-smeared sink? Use this galvanized-steel tub: It’s small enough to store under the sink and can be monogrammed for an additional $5 to $10. Available in more than 200 whimsical designs, including Chocolate Spot Large (shown).
To buy: $42, themacbethcollection.com.
Never mysteriously lose a knee-high again. Use these nifty resin clips to “handcuff” socks together in the washer, dryer, and drawer―and say good-bye to mismatched pairs.
To buy: $9 for 20, sockcop.com.
Mesh Sneaker Wash Bag by Whitmor
- Zip soiled or scuffed sneakers into this soft, polyester mesh bag and drop it in with a regular load. It allows air, water, and detergent to circulate between shoes and the washing tub, so footwear emerges looking like new. Plus, laces won’t get tangled around the agitator. Two snapping looped closures allow for convenient air-drying on shower rods or hooks.
- To buy: $12, amazon.com.
Frost Drying Rack by Ikea
The whopping 20 yards of clothesline on this steel drying rack could easily accommodate an entire load of laundry. You can use it outdoors, too: Its UV-treated plastic coating won’t crack or rust. And it neatly folds flat for space-saving storage.
To buy: $20, ikea.com for stores.
FlipFOLD Shirt and Laundry Folder
- Turn a messy heap of clothes into a department store–worthy display with this ingenious folding tool. Its plastic panels help you quickly fold shirts, sweaters, pants, and towels the same way every time, so clothes will take up less space on crowded closet shelves and in cramped dresser drawers.
- To buy: $19, flipfold.com.