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Is your laundry room lacking in functional space? Are you suffering the small laundry room blues? Me too.
I love our house, but not our laundry room. When we decided to buy this house I figured it was only a laundry room and not a big deal. It is off the half bath on the main level of our house so it is small and very narrow. Now I find myself longing for the day that we can blow out the back wall and make it bigger.
Until then, I have been able to make do with this small space by getting myself organized and being smart about the space that I do have.
Small laundry room organization
See how small it is? It’s functional enough, but it can become cluttered quickly so I have to be mindful of space.
For air drying delicate items I have a folding rack installed on the wall that has changed everything. I initially bought it for air drying my cloth diaper covers, but it has also been handy for air drying delicates. If you have a small laundry room, one of these racks is a great alternative to a larger fold out drying rack or draping laundry all over the house.
A shelf above the washer and dryer is a must. This shelf houses detergents, lesser used laundry products, and a space to keep the laundry basket while the laundry washes and dries.
For lint and used dryer sheets, find a small lightweight garbage can with an open handle on the back (or drill a hole) and hang it on a hook to keep it accessible but out of the way.
A decorative no-slip shelf liner not only looks nicer, but is great for easy clean up of drips and keeps the items on the shelf in place.
We buy many things in bulk at Sam’s Club to save money, including laundry detergent. But when you have a tiny laundry room, keeping those bulk sized containers in there can make it feel cluttered and claustrophobic. To fix that and make my laundry room look cleaner and nicer, I transfer my laundry products into baskets and labeled jars and bottles.
My smaller laundry products that I don’t use as often and always seem to create even more clutter go in baskets. In these baskets are my wool dryer balls, dryer sheets, dish liquid (for removing greasy stains), stain remover spray, and some other products that I use occasionally.
Transferring my bulk Member’s Mark® laundry detergent into these cute bottles is very easy. I put a funnel in the bottle, pour in some detergent, and I keep the measuring cup from the detergent on the shelf with my other laundry supplies. This way I can store the large container of detergent on a shelf in the garage and keep the laundry room clutter to a minimum.
How to clean a washing machine naturally
Now that the laundry room is clean, it’s time to clean the washing machine. We do this once every couple of months to keep it in good condition.
Whether you prefer to use natural cleaning products or just want to save a few dollars, this tip is for you. If you look at the ingredients on those tablets they sell for cleaning your washing machine at about $11 a package, you’ll see that they are made of sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate. Do you know what those ingredients are? Hydrogen peroxide oxygen bleach and washing soda. That’s it! Once I found this out I stopped buying the tablets since I always have both of those products on hand anyway.
To clean the inside of my washing machine I add a tablespoon scoop of oxygen bleach and two tablespoon scoops of washing soda to the bottom of my machine and turn on the cleaning cycle. If you don’t have a cleaning cycle on your machine, use a long wash setting that fills your drum with the highest amount of water. Turn the temperature to hot and turn it on.
The oxygen bleach and washing soda clean, but don’t disinfect so after that cycle I put my machine on the cleaning cycle again. When the drum has filled a little I add a cup of plain white vinegar and let it go through the cleaning cycle again. When finished the washing machine is sparkly clean and smelling fresh.
I love to shop at Sam’s Club for many of my household needs, including laundry detergent. Their Member’s Mark brand of detergent works just as well in all temperatures as name brand detergent and saves us even more. A generously sized 177 ounce container is a bargain at $13.98, but right now it’s on sale and a steal at just $11.98. You can’t beat that! You can find Member’s Mark detergent in either Fresh Scent or Paradise Splash in the laundry aisle at your local Sam’s Club or online at samsclub.com.