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    Designing the ideal laundry

    From choosing your appliances to making it eco-friendly

    Alex | Oneflare

    Do you remember the good ‘ol days when you did laundry in the basement or in a tiny room in the back of the house? Those days are over. Now homes have fully equipped laundry rooms with plenty of amenities, storage, and convenience. If you want to renovate a room in your home into a laundry room, read on for our comprehensive guide below.

    Ergonomics for the laundry

    While ergonomic principles can be helpful in any room, they are especially handy in the laundry. Think about how much time you spend in the laundry sorting clothes, loading and unloading machines, and folding and ironing clothes. Here are some tips to help you make your laundry more ergonomic.

    First, arrange the laundry around the most commonly used items, which are the dryer and washing machine. By placing them close together, you can limit how far you have to carry heavy wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. When deciding on their placement, choose a spot where you won’t have to bend over to use them. 

    When designing your laundry, don’t forget to include a surface space, such as a benchtop. It should be installed at a comfortable height, so you will have a spot to sort and fold laundry without straining at an uncomfortable level. Consider installing your ironing board so it folds down. Having it in the laundry will eliminate the need to lug the ironing board around and find a spot to open it every time you need to quickly iron something.

    Make sure to include bench-top space where possible / Source: Fast Flow Plumbing & Gas


    Using hampers properly

    One of the first things you can do is use hampers. Most of the time, you may only have one hamper for dirty clothes. However, if this is the case, you likely have dirty clothes that need to be sorted before you can even begin with the washing. It may be better to purchase several hampers and spread them out if you have the room. 

    Ironing and folding room organisation

    Another common problem is having enough space to handle all of the ironing and folding you need to do. If you do this spread out over a couch because you do not have room to do it in the laundry room, it may be time to make a change. Dedicate a specific location in the room for ironing and folding. 

    Using shelving

    In most areas, you need shelving because of all of the chemicals and supplies you need to have on hand. You may be able to invest in a small cabinet to store these items. If not, install some overhead shelving so you can keep these items safely put away and out of the reach of children.

    Managing the garbage

    Finally, to completely ensure that the laundry area is properly maintained, install a waste bin. That way, you can throw away all of your cleaning supplies or lint from the clothing right away. You do not want to have to move this rubbish around your home instead.

    Choosing appliances

    Washing machine

    • Capacity: Choose the capacity and size of a washing machine depending on the amount of washing you do. A smaller machine costs less, but if you end up doing two loads per day, you are wasting electricity, water and your time. For bigger and more frequent washing loads, front-loading washing machines take up less water and are more gentle on your clothes.
    • Features: Today’s washing machines come with all kinds of frills, but only pay for what you really need. You can set the desired water temperature and wash cycles using electronic controls. Sensors automatically set the machine’s wash cycle depending on how dirty and big the wash load is. Delayed start mechanism, automatic load balancing, and containers for bleach and fabric softener are other good-to-have features.
    • Energy Efficiency: Look for the Energy Star rating on the machine to determine how eco-friendly it is. Washing machines with fast spin cycles reduce the drying time, and are more energy-efficient.

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    Dryers of six-kilogramme capacity are the most popular. To choose the right model for you, consider the features available. Electronic controls give you more flexibility in settings with the push of a button. Sensor systems can shut down the dryer as soon as the clothes are sufficiently dry. Condensers prevent the dryer from expelling moisture into your room, and is required in poorly-ventilated apartment homes. 


    • Steam and spray: Tough wrinkles are easily taken care of by a spray of steam. Check that the capacity of the water receptacle is sufficient for you. If you use tap water, invest in an anti-calc iron that does not allow mineral deposits to clog the steam holes.
    • Non-stick sole: A non-stick coating over an iron’s stainless steel or aluminium sole facilitates ironing, but it needs good care.
    • Cordless irons: Cordless irons offer convenience, but these are ideal only for a few clothes at a time. Higher wattage irons can retain the heat at a constant level.
    • Automatic shut-off: This safety feature is great if you are forgetful, or you multi-task with chores.
    Maximise the space you have with clever storage options and appliances / Source: Alice Bonicelli Interior Design

    Eco-friendly tips

    Non-chemical washing powders

    Natural washing powders are easy on the environment. These are made from non-toxic plant matter and minerals, and are free from chlorine bleach, phosphates, petrochemicals and other harmful substances. Even when cleaning your home, use non-chemical cleaning products. Microfibre rags and mops can be used to effectively clean your tiles, floors and countertops, even without the help of detergents.

    Using a rainwater tank

    Connect the incoming plumbing line of your washing machine, dishwasher and toilets to your rainwater tank. Besides saving on water fit for human consumption, you will also get grants from the government for such eco-friendly initiatives. Water given out by the washing machine cannot be used for drinking or cooking, but it is safe for watering your plants. 

    Ideal laundry location

    If you are building a new home, you can plan the location of your laundry such that it helps improve the insulation of the rest of your home, which in turn lowers the electricity bills. Since the laundry doesn’t require a controlled temperature, place it along the side of the home facing west or south, if you live in a hot or cold climate respectively.


    How can you mount a dryer on the wall? 

    To mount a dryer on the wall, you’ll need a strong bracket to hold the weight of the dryer. Attach the bracket to a wall stud using screws, and then hook the dryer onto the bracket. Secure the dryer using additional screws or clamps. Follow all manufacturer instructions and safety guidelines before proceeding, and consult a professional if needed.

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