A laundry room is the place, space or construction where clothes are washed. This is also the name given to the domestic container where the laundry is done.
A laundry room usually has a smooth slab or stone that in some parts of America is called a wash basin. In a modern home, a laundry room may be equipped with an automatic washer and dryer, and include a large sink for washing certain items, as well as an ironing board.
In the houses of neighbors or rural housings the space of the laundry room or its elements have been located traditionally in the first floor or the basement. Before the introduction of running water in the houses, the towns used to have a public washing place where women went to do their laundry. The models of construction, water supply, location, etc, are very diverse.
A laundry at home does not mean losing meters, but avoiding the chaos of not having a fixed place for the dirty clothes.
If you are going to undertake a reform, ask your architect or interior designer to consider a laundry area. Many times their need is underestimated, but if the bathroom and kitchen are designed to the millimeter, is it not incoherent to ignore a space whose function is present in the daily life of all homes? Here you will find information and ideas to share with the professional who will be in charge of the reform.
Think about your needs and the space available. For example, the number of people living at home will help determine the capacity of your washing machine or the need or not to include a closet, a container for dirty clothes and to look for options for drying clothes.
If you have space: put the laundry area in a separate room, even if it is small. A linear countertop attached to the wall, for example, will arrange the space in a row, installing a washing machine and dryer underneath, and then a sink and wall furniture. To carry out this approach, you would need at least a room that is 1.70 m to 2 m long x 1.50 m wide, i.e. around 3 m². In this space you can also incorporate pulley or folding clotheslines. To save meters, choose washing machines with drying function or install the dryer on top of the washing machine as a tower.
If your house has only a few meters, consider the laundry area as a built-in closet. In this case, the folding, sliding or retractable doors are very practical. When designing, consider the depth of the washing machine as the main measure to establish the bottom -be careful with the largest capacity washing machines and dryers, whose depth can reach 70 cm. Most often you can manage with free bottoms of 65 cm and hole heights of 82-85 cm. If you can extend the width by 1.10 m, you will gain space for a sink or a module for laundry and products.
It is convenient to locate it near the wet core of the house (kitchen, bathrooms) in order to have water connections and drainage drains nearby.
If it is a reform or a new construction, it is possible to decide exactly its location, but always making compatible the distribution with the facilities. Then you can refine the concept according to the customs and needs, for example, that has an exit to the outside or is close to the bathrooms to shorten the path of laundry. In the example of the image, the wet core of the house was designed to make the facilities centralized. The laundry occupies an antechamber next to the bathroom, then the kitchen.
Locate the laundry in the gallery or balcony. In the image, the laundry area has been located in a closed gallery or balcony. A tip? Put the clothesline in an area that does not have a direct view from the inside.
If you locate the laundry in a gallery or balcony of the house you can use the balcony or window to create a glass enclosure attached.
Locating the laundry in the kitchen: try to create a visual cut or to make it independent inside a piece of furniture and the farthest away from the cooking area.
Locate the laundry in residual holes in the house: for example, under the stairwell or in a space that can be gained in the corridor.
You should hire a renovation company to do the entire job and to better coordinate the different trades.
Masonry. First you have to create the space; then install door and window. This work would cost between 26.50 euros and 32 euros/m², -price of the bricklayers who normally work with the architect who signs this report.
Facilities. A fully equipped laundry room, with washing machine, dryer and sink, requires water inlets and a drainage system connected to the existing drains, both for water and for the dryer’s condensate. It is also necessary to have the electrical installation for the domestic appliances, which are protected with 20 Amp magnetothermic switches (they are in charge of cutting the current, if the intensity is higher than the one admitted by the cable) and in independent circuits. Consider extra plugs for a griddle and for lighting. A plumber and an electrician must be hired for these jobs. The water point costs about 55 euros and the evacuation network connected to the drain, 100 euros. The lighting point is calculated at about 40 euros. These works are simplified if you are doing a reform at home – otherwise you may have to lift the floor, replace it and make scratches on the wall.
Coatings. As it is a place in contact with water, humidity and steam, it is convenient to choose non-porous materials, such as porcelain.
Furniture. If you are working on a new kitchen, the same company you order the kitchen from can prepare the furniture for the washing area. Otherwise, this work can be done by a carpenter. Two doors of 1.20 m wide, lacquered and sliding, for a built-in laundry, would cost 450 euros (price supplied by Claudio Reyes Durán carpentry, in Granada).
Washing and ironing are two unavoidable tasks in a house. If you want to do them comfortably, take inspiration from these solutions to equip a room – or a small corner – for laundry. They will make your life easier!
Here are some extra ideas you’ll love:
AN INDEPENDENT ROOM
It is the dream of every person who is faced with huge mountains of clothes hanging from the iron. The Deulonder team made it come true with this board fixed on a piece of furniture with drawers and shelves that also incorporates wheels to move it. A module with removable trays allows to rest the clothes just ironed, as well as the bar. And in the lined baskets, the washed clothes wait their turn in order.
HIDDEN WASHING AREA
The location of the washer and dryer does not have to be limited to the kitchen. If you place them in a column and fit them in a cupboard with a door, you can place them in any room in the house, as they will be hidden. However, you will need to adapt the electrical and plumbing installations.
WASHING AREA IN A FRONT
If you have a free wall, take advantage of its vertical storage capacity to organize a washing and ironing area. Here, a metal shelf allows you to have washed and dried clothes on hand inside baskets (from 8.95 euros) and plastic boxes (10 euros each). Next to them, the table (24.95 euros) and the iron are stored in the same holder (23.75 euros). And from the bar (23.50 euros) hangs a sleeve ironing board (8.95 euros). Everything, from El Corte Inglés.
DETERGENTS IN ORDER
Softener, bleach, detergent for white or colored clothes, the specific one for delicate garments… The number of products dedicated to laundry care is increasing. You will find it more convenient to access the one you are looking for if you unify them in a basket. This one, made of plastic, can be easily cleaned if any of them is spilled. It is from Vigar (22.10 euros).
The Wallfix clothesline, from Brabantia, is installed on the wall. While not in use, it is kept folded inside a metal box and takes up hardly any space. But at the moment you need it, it opens in one movement and can hold the clothes of a whole washing machine (129.90 euros).
So that every time you open the clothesline you don’t have to remove furniture, ideally you should hang it up high enough. Before fixing its location, calculate its dimensions when unfolded: 179.5 x 182 x 109 cm. As its outer ropes measure 120 cm, Wallfix allows you to hang large items of clothing.
WASHING CORNER WITH SINK
I’m sure this has happened to you more than once: before putting the garment in the washing machine, you discover a stain that should be rubbed by hand. This washing corner hidden behind the sliding doors includes a tap and bars on the ceiling as a clothesline.
HANGERS BEHIND THE DOOR
When the house is small, the need to find a place to store the board and iron can become a problem. The solution? Attach a couple of coat racks behind a door and hang the board on them. As for the iron, there are wall brackets that allow it to be stored vertically so that it takes up less space. In the picture, Lillholmen coat hangers (9.50 euro/2) and Variera iron stand (6.99 euro). Both are from Ikea.
THE TWEEZERS BASKET
So that none of them escape and you can use them wherever you store your clothes, this basket ends up on a hanger that allows it to be hung from the clothesline, either fixed ropes or a mobile folding design. From the Vigar firm (19.20 euros with 12 clips).
WASHING AREA IN THE KITCHEN
The layout of some houses includes a clothesline next to the kitchen. If this is your case, consider closing it to create an area with a washing machine and dryer. Like this one, which also included cupboards with little depth to organize a practical pantry with bottles, preserves, beverage containers and cleaning products.
How to install them: Washing machine and dryer should be placed close together to facilitate the passage of wet clothes from one to the other. The installation is usually done in a column -with the washing machine underneath to have a closer access to the water supply- or in parallel, as in the picture, unified by a worktop.
HIDDEN WASHING MACHINE
Check out this attic bathroom. The lower area has been used to install the washing machine, hidden behind two doors made to simulate a closet. If you like the idea, you can also apply it to other attic areas, such as the section under a staircase or the attic of a house with a gable roof.
You, better than anyone else, know that it is essential to separate the colored clothes from the white ones to avoid unexpected discolorations. But… what about the other members of your family? To avoid misunderstandings, place two baskets: one white, with the clothes of this color, and another one for the other clothes. This one, by House Doctor, has handles to bring it comfortably to the washing machine (15.50 euros in Nordic style).
GROWING SHELF SYSTEM
The modular compositions allow you to expand the storage capacity according to your needs over time. The Elfa system, by Howards Storage World, fixes itself to the wall and alternates baskets, shelves, supports to hang cleaning products, panels in which small containers are inserted… Composition (900 euros).
In order: If you opt for an open washing and ironing area, with no cupboards to hide the contents, bear in mind that the clothes to be ironed and the products will be visible. Get baskets, boxes and containers: as well as helping you to organize, they will give a sense of unity to the whole.
The washing area is not an easy sector as far as decoration is concerned. The truth is that, sometimes, it is complicated to make it look in accordance with the rest of the house. However, this does not mean that it is impossible.
This time we offer you some ideas to inspire you. Home washing areas that will leave you completely fascinated. We will show you that everything is possible with a little taste.
The location of these washing areas can vary greatly depending on each house. There are some who prefer to incorporate it into rooms such as the kitchen or even the bathroom. However, for convenience, if we have an independent space, it will be much better. It is not necessary that it is a big room. You can store your washing machine and dryer (if you have one) in small corners, such as a closet. By placing a door and keeping it closed, we will have the washing area separated from the rest of the house.
For lovers of vintage style, a good option is to get one of those old fashioned washbasins, like the ones our grandmothers used to wash. These basins can be embedded in a piece of furniture that will serve as storage for all the cleaning products. Pastel colors and wooden countertops can do the rest.
A home laundry should have space to store both detergents and cleaning products and clothing. Although the choice of furniture is always there, there are very aesthetic alternatives, such as using wicker baskets. This type of basket can be placed on shelves without any problem. Besides, if you prefer, you can bet on another type of material, such as plastic or metal baskets.
If you’re looking for a full-color laundry room, in addition to colorful furniture, you can add dynamism with other elements. For example, you can wallpaper the walls. Painted paper in wet areas? Yes, this is possible. There is a wide range of papers on the market that are suitable for this type of room. They are usually made of resistant material, such as vinyl, so there is no problem in being in contact with humidity. The best of all is that wallpapers have a wide repertoire of models, being able to personalize this room to the maximum. Anyway, before placing wallpaper, make sure you do not have any problems with humidity.
A laundry room is used, as its name suggests, for washing. However, in order to get more out of this room, you can always implement an ironing area as well. Make sure that you can store your ironing board, but also open it without any obstacles. Also put up shelves to be able to put the ironed and folded clothes on.
If your laundry room is extremely small and you don’t want it to be smothering, a good option is to go for a washing machine and white furniture. Don’t be afraid to overdo it with white, as it’s ideal for small spaces. We must also bear in mind that this color makes the rooms much more neat. In the end, if you think about it, clean clothes are associated with this concept.
What did you think of the proposals? If you are thinking of implementing a washing area at home, we hope these ideas are useful.
Do you have young children in your family? If so, you know you spend a lot of time in the laundry room doing laundry. Help keep those curious little ones safe so they don’t try to open or play in the laundry room and end up injured or intoxicated.
Parents should pay close attention to how laundry products are stored before, during and after use.
Keep laundry products in their original packaging or containers and with their information label intact.
After use, always store these products in a safe place out of reach of children and pets. Consider storing them in a high, locked drawer or shelf. Do not store these products on top of the washer and dryer or in drawers located under the machines.
Read carefully and follow product label instructions. Look for safety information on the label and know what to do in case of an accident.
Never mix laundry detergent with ammonia or other household cleaners because sometimes mixing these chemicals can generate dangerous fumes or vapors.
If the product container is empty, dispose of it properly. Do not reuse detergent buckets or bottles for other uses/purposes.
Clean up any spills and wash your hands immediately as well as any parts used to measure or pour the products.
Lock the laundry room when you are done using it to prevent prying eyes from entering.
Pay special attention to spray bottles. These are commonly an easy source of exposure to cleaning products and should be kept out of reach of children.
Detergent capsules for individual use are highly concentrated and can be toxic. Even a small amount of detergent can cause serious breathing problems, stomach upset or eye irritation and even vegetative state (coma) and death. Because these capsules are often brightly colored and look like candy or gum, children may think they are a good thing to eat. Biting the capsule or envelope can cause it to burst and project the detergent into the child’s mouth, throat or eyes.
Between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2017, poison control centers in the United States received 72,943 calls related to exposures to laundry detergents or soap capsules. Most of these exposures (91.7%) were to children under 6 years of age, and some of these exposures resulted in serious health problems, including the deaths of 2 children and 6 adults.
Voluntary safety measures were implemented, but they have not been successful in reducing exposures. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is promoting stronger safety measures to protect children from the serious problems these products pose.
Because they are so concentrated, detergent capsules can cause more serious injuries than traditional forms of laundry detergent packaging.
Never allow your children to handle or play with these capsules. The capsules dissolve quickly on contact with water, wet hands, or saliva.
Do not remove the capsules from their original packaging until you are ready to put them in the washing machine. Children can find them if you leave them in the laundry basket or on top of the washer/dryer or on a shelf before using them. Young children are very fast and can sometimes reach for objects higher than you think. They can grab them and put them in their mouth in the time it takes you to reach a pair of socks.
Remember to seal or close the container and store it in a drawer or shelf and lock it after each use. Make sure the container is out of reach of children.
It is best to use traditional liquid forms of detergents instead of capsules until children living in or visiting your home are at least 6 years old. Liquid detergents are less toxic than capsules.
Avoid accidents and injuries caused by washing and drying machines by taking into account the following:
Use childproof locks for front loading washers and dryers to prevent small children from opening doors when they are in operation and to prevent children from entering the machines.
Clean the lint trap filter after each use to prevent fires. Lint clogged filters are a common cause of house fires. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that washing machines and dryers were part of every 22 home fires reported between 2006 and 2010.
Don’t lean on the doors of washing machines and dryers and don’t let your children play with or hang from them, as this can cause them to tip over.
The dryer should have external ventilation to prevent mold and moisture buildup.
Make it a rule in your home that the washer and dryer are not toys to play with.
Young children may be drawn to explore these “mysterious openings” that we call laundry ducts. While they can be very convenient for adults, they present a great danger to young children.
Make sure that laundry chute doors are out of reach of young children (at least 36 inches off the floor).
Consider installing a childproof lock to prevent children from opening the laundry chute.
Tell your children that the laundry chute is for clothes only. Neither toys nor people should go into the laundry chute.
Do you know what kind of clothes you should use liquid detergent for and what kind of powdered detergent for? I didn’t know! I share with you what a friend taught me today.
I consider myself a classic consumer. I always go back to buying the products I have done well with. But today I went to the supermarket with a friend, and when we got to the detergent section, she taught me that sometimes I have to use the liquid detergent too. Why? Because my choice must depend on the type of garment I’m going to wash and whether I’m going to machine wash or hand wash.
Both detergents are good, except that the powder detergent is more powerful and the liquid detergent is softer. Therefore, we should choose a powder detergent to remove difficult stains and a liquid detergent to clean stains that are generated by something liquid such as sauces, oils or wine.
Powdered detergent works best with dirt particles that are coarser. Friction with the machine or shaking of the water helps the detergent particles push the dirt away from the fibers. I always use Bolivar Matic detergent, because its controlled foam formula generates more friction between the clothes and leaves clothes that have been soiled with dirt, grass or dust impeccable. So if like me, you have kids who play all day, who love to go to the park or roll around with the dog, I recommend this type of detergent.
On the other hand, liquid detergent mixes more easily with water, so it penetrates softer between the fibers of the clothes. Liquid detergent is very good for washing delicate garments and also serves to “treat” stains before putting the clothes in the washing machine. It is very simple, you just have to pour a little bit of liquid detergent on the stain and rub the garment a little bit before putting it in the washing machine, you will see that it is impeccable!
We will teach you how to wash clothes by hand easily and quickly, how you can take care of your hands from the detergent and what products and tools to use.
In these modern times you probably think that washing by hand is not practical. However, sometimes it is necessary to do it because the garment you want to wash is made with a delicate fabric, because you do not have a washing machine or there is some electrical failure that does not allow you to use it. Whatever the situation is, how can you wash clothes by hand easily and quickly?
What do you need to know before you start washing clothes by hand? The first and perhaps most important step is to look at the label of the garment you are going to wash. Some say “hand wash only,” while others say “wash or dry clean,” which means you should not hand wash because you could damage the garment.
You should also know that not all fabrics can be washed the same way. There are some types of fabric that are considerably thin (and delicate). For example, they can be made of nylon, polyester, wool, satin, cotton, silk, angora, among others. There are light and dark colors, each requiring a different wash.
If you use little detergent it will not be well cleaned and if you use too much you could waste the product and cause stains to the garment that later will be very difficult to remove.
What basic elements you need to wash clothes by hand
You can use several baskets to separate the clothes. This way you won’t have to separate them when washing them, which will save you time.
In addition, it is ideal to have a suitable physical place in the house or apartment, where you have a bathtub or sink, and some bucket in which to rinse the clothes. In addition, one of the best allies at the end of the washing process will be the clothesline.
Should you wear gloves when washing by hand? It all depends on whether the detergent is strong and whether your skin is sensitive to those products. In the case of softer products you may not need to wear gloves, the same applies if the product has a strong smell, if so you have to wear a mask.
There is a wide variety of detergents on the market to wash your clothes, some are strong and others are softer. If you are going to wash delicate clothes like your underwear or an embroidered dress, the ideal is to use a fabric softener or a baby shampoo.
You should also consider that, even if it yields a little less, liquid detergent is more efficient than powdered detergent, especially when the water is cold or at room temperature.
Some types of fabrics are quite delicate as is the case with wool and some baby clothes. They are fabrics that deserve a special and exclusive treatment.
Knowing how to wash wool by hand will allow you to give it the care it requires and prevent that piece you like so much from being broken or deformed. In this sense, it is ideal that you take into account 3 factors: the temperature of the water, the type of detergent or liquid soap and the drying process of the clothes.
The ideal temperature to wash wool by hand should be warm to the touch. Pour a squirt of some very mild liquid soap or baby shampoo into the container with water. You can also use a detergent that contains lanolin. Its properties will leave the garment with its characteristic softness.
To dry this kind of clothes, avoid putting them in a dryer or squeezing them until all the water is expelled. You could deform the garment or even break it. Take a dry and absorbent cloth and place the garment on it. Roll them up and apply a little pressure so that they absorb the water residue. Finally, leave the piece to dry at room temperature.
Save water every time you hand wash
In order to collaborate with the environment, it is important that you make an effort to save water. How can you use water when washing? Try to wash as many clothes as possible each time you do it, don’t just wash what you need to use during the next few days.
You can also take advantage of the water you use while showering. Some people make a habit of washing some intimate items at this time.
In addition, some types of fabric keep longer clean and actually suffer more wear when washed constantly. This measure is very useful in the case of jeans and thick fabrics. The care they require is not the same as a cotton T-shirt, so you will not have to wash them as often.
Washing by hand is not complicated if you use the right detergent and the right amount of water. Avoid rubbing the clothes hard, this way you will damage your hands and the results will be the same as if you did it softly. Rinse and dry your clothes without squeezing them, on horizontal surfaces and get into the habit of classifying dirty clothes by color.
By following these tips, your clothes will be in better shape and you might even save some time.