Laundry Room Hacks
A few simple hacks add some fabulous form to function.
Take your laundry room from utilitarian to unique with these clever ideas that will streamline your cleaning routine. All are low-cost but yield great results in elevating an ordinary task to a refined, organized one.
Soap and Softener Dispensers
- 2 glass drink dispensers with spigots
- vinyl adhesive letters
- 1/4” vinyl tape
- painters' tape
- craft knife
- rubbing alcohol
- paper towels
- Measure 2 inches above the spigot of the container and make a few small dots with a marker horizontally at that height to indicate where to place the painters’ tape. Place the painters’ tape along the dots to create a guide for the letters. Using a craft knife, place the middle letter directly over the spigot (Image 1). Add the remaining letters in both directions, spacing them evenly. Press them firmly into place. Remove the painters’ tape.
- Measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the letters and make a small mark with a marker. Make more marks horizontally at this measurement along the length of the word. Repeat the process over the top of the word. Use vinyl tape to cover the marks extending the tape slightly beyond the start and end of the word (Image 2). Press the tape firmly in place. Use a ruler to cut away the excess from the tape on the top and bottom lines.
- Remove any visible dots with rubbing alcohol and paper towels. Fill container with desired laundry liquid. Repeat the process for the other container.
Ironing Board Holder
- 2 coat hooks, with a space of at least 1-1/2” inside the front and back of the hook
- screws and anchors (as necessary) for the hooks
- ironing board
- Determine the distance from the outside of one of the ironing board legs to the other. Using a level, install coat hooks with the outside edges spaced equal to that measurement. Be sure to hold the ironing board against the wall at the desired location to ensure that the bottom of the board will hang sufficiently above the floor. Where there is not a wall stud to attach the brackets, use drywall anchors that can support the weight of the ironing board. Add the ironing board to the hooks.
Mounted Bag Holders
- 4 curtain rod brackets, at least 3 inches long
- screws and anchors (as necessary) for brackets
- 3/4” dowel
- drill and small bit
- 4 hanger bolts, #8-32 x 1"
- locking pliers
- 4 drawer knobs
- rolled trash bags
- rolled recycling bags
- Determine the length of the rolled bags. Cut dowels to those measurements plus 1/2”. Drill a pilot hole in the center of each end of the dowels. Using locking pliers, screw a hanger bolt into each end with the pointed end inserted into the hole (Image 1).
- Using a level, install the curtain rod brackets on the wall. Space the outside edges of the brackets the length of the dowel plus 1 inch. Where there is not a wall stud to attach the brackets, use drywall anchors (Image 2).
- Insert the dowel into the center of a roll of bags. Attach a drawer knob to each end. Place the bags and dowel over the curtain rod bracket.