Laundry accessories to make your life a little easier

A few simple changes can transform your routine.

person with legs sticking out of washing machine
Take a load off.Nik MacMillan via Unsplash

Laundry is the chore that never ends. You’ve probably done it so many times that you don’t even think about it anymore—and it’s easy to miss the little tweaks that can save time, money, and your back. Here are a few products that fix common problems and make a dreary chore just a bit more bearable.

Zhanmai Hedgehog Reusable Dryer Balls Hedgehog
Put these cuties to work.Amazon

Keep wet clothes from getting tangled in your dryer with these hedgehogs, whose round bodies and prickles will help your laundry dry faster by separating it. Let these hard plastic hogs tumble with your pants and make you smile.

Whitmor Deluxe Utility Cart, Extra Large, Black
Save your back.Amazon

If you don’t have a washer/dryer in your apartment, you’ll know that hauling your laundry bag down a flight of stairs to your car or neighborhood laundromat can be heavy and unwieldy. This classic steel cart with heavy-duty wheels and a soft foam handle alleviates some of the burden and can also be used for groceries and shopping. When you’re through with your chores, fold it up to conserve space in your closet or hallway.

Boxlegend V2 Shirt Folding Board
Don’t just toss clean tees in a drawer.Amazon

Folding clothes is one of the more tedious tasks of doing laundry, but searching for your favorite tee in an untidy drawer might make you late for work. This black plastic folding board looks like a sunny stencil kit, but is your secret weapon to flat, neat piles of perfectly organized shirts and pants. Prepare to be mesmerized by demonstration videos, and maybe even look forward to folding as a satisfying and relaxing task.

Bagail Laundry Bag Mesh Wash Bags
Take better care of your delicates.Amazon

Don’t let bra hooks get caught in other garments or sustain damage to your clothing from everything being tossed together with wild abandon. The three coarse mesh bags in this set can be used to separate zippered coats or sharp buckled overalls from the rest of your laundry, and the two finer mesh bags are perfect for lingerie and stockings. Each bag has a zipper guard to further protect your stuff.