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Top 10 laundry room essentials

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Laundry 101

What’s in your laundry arsenal? It’s important to pick the best products and organizational pieces to make your laundry routine as simple and efficient as possible. To help you do just that, we picked our top 10 laundry room essentials to keep you organized and prepared for the toughest laundry battles!

Woman in laundry room

1Laundry detergent and softener

When purchasing detergent, keep in mind your type of washer. Manufacturers recommend HE (high efficiency) detergents for front-loading washers and HE top-loading machines. Also, look for an all-star detergent that can pretreat, soak, wash, and leave you with a fresh scent. Looking for more bang for your buck? Some detergents also include fabric softeners, bleach, and fabric refreshers.

2Stain stick

Stains are a mom's worst nightmare, but they don't have to be! Nab a stain stick and keep it in a handy spot in the laundry room. It's the perfect go to product to treat stains quickly and effectively. Another bonus—it can usually remain on fabric for up to one week.

3Laundry baskets

Whether you choose to assign one basket to each member of your family, or simply to separate clothes by color, it's important to have laundry baskets on hand. They can also work double-duty by holding orphaned socks.

4Spray bottles

Empty spray bottles will be put to good use in your laundry room. Use one to spray water as you iron, or mix a small amount of dish soap with water and keep the mixture on hand to pretreat stains.

5Mesh bags

Look for mesh bags in all shapes and sizes based on your laundry needs. They're perfect for your lingerie and other delicates. Mesh bags also can be used to separate and secure baby clothes and socks.

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