Laundry Room Re-do

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Laundry Room Re-do

Love or hate it, the laundry must be done; however, you can make your laundry chores as pleasant as possible by creating a space filled with efficient work areas and abundant, stylish storage.

1. Labeled boxes and bins can store seasonal decorations, craft supplies or seldom used items.

2. Take maximum advantage of vertical space by installing sturdy shelving to the ceiling. Be sure to leave enough space between shelves to accommodate laundry supplies and storage needs.

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Make sure laundry products are stored within easy reach. Shelf dividers and storage jars keep large items tidy and small items together.

4. Create a hanging area for clothes that need to air dry and to temporarily hold hanging items fresh from the dryer to avoid wrinkling.

5. If you have a front-loading washer, install a countertop over or beside the appliances to double as a laundry-folding surface. If space is limited, consider a stackable washer and dryer option.

6. If space permits, install a small sink for hand washing delicates and spot removal.

7. Use baskets to sort clothes coming in and out. Label baskets for darks, lights and delicates, or have one for each family member. If space is an issue, consider a folding hamper with multiple compartments.

Color Visualizer

Not sure which color to use to make a statement in your laundry room? Paint companies are providing new, online tools—from inspiration galleries to quizzes—that will help you select a color palette that’s right for you.

Stain Removal Tips

  • Red wine stains (for most fabrics). Blot up the excess liquid and presoak the stain in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 tablespoon vinegar for 15: minutes. Rinse with water and sponge with rubbing alcohol, and launder immediately.
  • Grass stains (for most fabrics). Work liquid laundry detergent into the stain and rinse well with water. If any stain remains, soak in an enzyme presoak product (follow directions on label): or use a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (make sure to test for color-fastness in an inconspicuous place first). Rinse thoroughly and launder.

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Eco-Ideas

  • Switch to plant-based detergents and non-chlorine bleach products.
  • Wash loads back-to-back to take advantage of residual dryer heat.
  • Run the washer only when you have a full load.
  • Wash with cold water to save up to 90 percent in energy costs.
  • Clean out the dryer’s lint trap after every load to reduce energy use.
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR rated appliances.
  • Switch to front-loading washer, which uses up to 40 percent less water per load.
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