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28 Essentials to Elevate Your Home Laundry (Yes, It’s Possible!)

I’ll be honest, laundry day isn’t something I look forward to, especially when you skip a week—who’s with me? But there’s nothing quite like the smell (and feeling) of fresh linen sheets or pulling on a newly washed sweater that’s still warm from the dryer. When all is said and done, the reward of clean underwear and clothing makes laundry day totally worth the hustle. So, how do we flip the script and turn everyday mundane tasks into a moment of self-care? Too far? Okay, well a moment we can all revel in at the very least. The key is to find those laundry essentials that will elevate your home laundry experience and make your washing, drying, and folding a little more bearable and dare we say it, enjoyable.

So, read on to discover the practical yet pretty hampers, detergents that smell like a European vacation, and utilitarian laundry essentials that look good while they’re working hard.

28 Essentials to Elevate Your Home Laundry (Yes, It’s Possible!)
28 Essentials to Elevate Your Home Laundry (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Laundry Hampers

Marie Kondo Shoji 2-Section Bamboo Hamper

A nod to traditional Japanese shoji screens, this hamper design is crafted from bamboo. It's so chic, no one will know its full of dirty laundry.

Uashmama Modular Snap & Separate Laundry Bags

When it comes to the laundry, practicality reigns supreme but that doesn't mean it has to look bad. These laundry bags are packed with utility but they look like stylish kitchen aprons with a fun paper-bag effect.

Best Choice Products Wicker Double Laundry Hamper

You know we're fans of wicker over here at ES HQ so of course we couldn't go past this lovely piece. And at $40 it's a steal.

Wicker Laundry Basket Rattan Hamper

Etsy is one of our favorite sources for unique, handmade pieces. This Ratan laundry basket is so delicate and beautiful while being sturdy and functional.

Natural Rattan Laundry Hamper with Lid and Handle

We couldn't put a list of hampers together an not include something vintage. This natural rattan design is a beauty.

Handwoven Laundry Hamper, Rattan-Style

For a more traditional hamper style with a textural twist, this handwoven design is perfect.

Grove Co. Collapsible Laundry Bag

Sometimes you just don't have room for a large hamper so this collapsible canvas style is the way to go. I have several of these not only are they durable, but you can pack a lot of laundry in these beauties. Always a win-win when you forget to do the laundry one week (oops!).

Laundry Detergents

The Laundress Le Labo Rose 31 Detergent

If you really want to make laundry day special, throw in some of this Laundress x Le Labo detergent. It will transport you to somewhere special and you'll feel it when you wear your freshly washed clothes too. I save this one for my "special occasion" clothes. It also makes a beautiful gift for someone.

Fer à Cheval Marseille Concentrated Laundry Liquid

Ever washed your clothing and linens with Marseille soap? If you have, then you'll know that it's made from all-natural ingredients in an age-old traditional process but you might not know that it takes 10 days to make it and to qualify for the "Marseille soap" label, your soap has to be made in Provence with natural oils and just a handful of other ingredients: seawater, ash and lye. Wash your clothes with this and you'll have a vacation in your closet every day.

Caldrea ​Sea Salt Neroli​ ​Laundry Detergent 64 oz

Speaking of vacation, take a trip to a remote seaside villa on a cliff above the Mediterranean with this sea salt neroli-scented detergent. Mentally we're already there.

Grove Co. Laundry Power Packs

Formulated without harsh chemicals, this natural plant-derived detergent packs a punch. Also, you only need one pack per load so that's 45 loads in one pouch for $15.95. Sustainable and affordable.

Grove Co. Laundry Starter Set

We love the citrus and woods scent of this laundry detergent but this set also comes with a handy refillable dispenser that pours the perfect amount for every load so you don't waste a drop. Smart!

Blueland Laundry Starter Set

We've been big fans of Blueland's non-toxic, sustainable cleaning line and so we're not surprised their laundry detergent also ranks supreme. We're also in love with the cute refillable cylinder.

The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, 57g

The Laundress really do know how to elevate such a mundane activity. This simple but effective wash & stain bar will clean those hard-to-reach stains like the ring around the collar, underarms, delicate straps, and more.

Public Goods Fabric Softener Sheets

These sheets are made entirely from plants with zero harsh chemicals so they're safe for everyone—your skin and the planet.

Laundry Essentials

The Laundress Fabric Fresh

Give your clothing a refresh with this delicious spray of lily of the valley, jasmine, sandalwood, and citrus.

Byredo 8.5 oz. Room Spray Cotton Poplin

Who doesn't love the fresh scent of crisp cotton and clean laundry? This Byredo scent will take you there.

Public Goods Wool Dryer Balls

Made of 100% New Zealand wool this practical upgrade from standard dryer sheets will improve your drying cycle and save energy while protecting your clothes from static and unnecessary wear. Also, they never wear out and have zero chemicals—it's a win-win for your clothing and the environment.

Steamery Pilo Fabric Shaver

Everyone needs a fabric shaver to help restore your beautiful wool and cashmere pieces.

Steamery Grey Cirrus No. 2 Travel Steamer

A steamer is a handy accessory for every home laundry but we don't all have the room. This one is small enough to store away or take with you on your next vacation (since we're getting closer to having those again!).

Round Black & Natural Water Hyacinth Storage Bin with Handles

Storage is crucial in a home laundry but if you don't have closets then stylish baskets are a great option.

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover, 3 Count

This one gets rave reviews online. It comes in a pack of three so you can keep one in your laundry, one in your kitchen junk drawer, and one in your handbag for quick application in an emergency.

Iris Hantverk Black Handled Broom And Dustpan Set

Functional design can be beautiful too. Case in point this stylish dustpan set.

The Laundress Fabric Stain Brush

Use this brush with the Laundress soap bar to get out those stubborn stains.

The Laundress Cashmere Brush

Take care of your expensive cashmere pieces with this soft brush that removes lint, fuzz, and dust while also helping to release natural oils that rejuvenate yarns to look like new.

Bed Threads Fresh Linen Candle

Make laundry an experience by burning a candle and enjoying the process. Every moment, even the most mundane, is an opportunity to experience something special.

Washer + Dryer

LG TWINWash with SideKick Pedestal Washer in Graphite Steel

Athena has an LG washer and dryer in her Brooklyn home. This pedestal washer can wash two loads at once and allow you to wash small loads frequently like delicates and workout wear.

LG 9.0 Cu. Ft. Smart Gas Dryer with Steam and Sensor Dry in Graphite Steel

Thanks to LGs Smart ThinQ technology, you can remotely start this dryer and monitor the cycle with your smartphone. It also comes with a moisture sensor to help prevent over drying (very important).

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