A laundry basket may seem like a simple item to buy, but there are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration. The perfect laundry basket is aesthetically pleasing, easily portable, and it treats your clothing well. The perfect laundry basket makes the chore of doing laundry more of a pleasure. Before buying your next laundry basket, think about the following factors:
Aesthetics: Whether your laundry hamper is located by your washing machine, in your bedroom or in your bathroom, it will be visible to you, your housemates and your guests. Many laundry baskets are not aesthetically pleasing and can ruin the décor of the room. Look for a laundry basket that keeps your clothing stored nicely, while adding a finishing touch to the room.
Portability: This is an issue that many fail to take into consideration; a full laundry hamper can be very heavy and transporting it to your laundry room can be a pain! You will need to determine whether you want a basket with wheels to drag or one with handles to carry. Think about whether you will be going up and down stairs to get to the laundry room, and whether you will be filling your laundry basket to the brim each week. Baskets like the Reisenthel Loop Laundry bag have handy grips that enable easy carriage to the washing machine.
Ventilation: Again, another criteria that people forget to take notice of; if you fill your basket with damp items such as towels, this can cause a build up of mildew if there is not enough ventilation. Even just filling the basket with gym clothes can cause bad odours, so you should choose a basket that has plenty of ventilation so the clothes can breathe. Some baskets, like this sturdy Reisenthel one, have breathable drawstring nets sewn onto the top to allow for easy air circulation.
Size: The type of laundry basket you purchase will very much depend on your needs. Those with a big family will likely choose to get a large one for the entire household. Those who wait for a build-up of clothes before doing laundry will also opt for a medium-large size bag. Your purchase will also largely be determined by the space available for storage. Stiff cotton bags like this House Doctor Laundry Bag can be bunched up or folded when they are partially full, making room for other items and staying tucked out of sight.
Material: There are so many different materials to choose from: cotton, polyester, wood and plastic. When choosing a laundry basket, look for a material that will not damage your clothing. Wicker laundry baskets, for example, can snag your clothes, causing damage to your favourite garments. Plastic is a popular choice, but it can easily break if it's a flimsy make. Look for laundry baskets that will keep your laundry stored nicely wash after wash.