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The Laundry Bag: The Affordable, Space Saving Laundry Essential

Updated on September 28, 2011

Laundry bags are an affordable necessity. Lightweight, durable, and space saving, they are sometimes a better option than a laundry basket or hamper; particularly if you live in a small space like an apartment or dorm room. They are even the best option for when you travel.

On this page you will find a variety of laundry bags; cotton, canvas, and mesh. You'll also learn about some of their advantages and even find resources to help you make your own if you don't see one you like here. Afterall, if you make your own you can even design it to coordinate with your room decor.

The Advantages

While laundry baskets are sturdy and easy to carry, laundry bags offer other advantages. These advantages are part of what makes them perfect when you live in an apartment or dorm room.

1. Space Saving
When not in use, a laundry bag consumes almost no space. It collapses and can be hung on a hook or folded to sit on a shelf. As it's used, the space expands only as much as the items you place in it.

2. They Are Expandable
Whether you have just a few items to launder or a couple of loads to do, most larger laundry bags can handle the load. They just expand to fit the task.

3. Easy to Clean
Dirt can collect in the bottom of a laundry basket or laundry bag. The bottoms can get dirty from contact with the ground or being set on top of a community washer or dryer. With a laundry bag, you can just toss it in the wash with your other laundry. No extra steps are needed to keep it clean.

4. They Are Secure
Often when you throw in that last pair of socks in a loaded laundry basket, they fall out half way down the hall or soon after setting down the basket. And of course they fall down in between the washer and dryer never to be seen again. With a laundry bag, the drawstring keeps even those errant socks securely inside until you dump them in to be cleaned.

5. Affordable
A cotton or mesh laundry bag is very light weight and costs under $10. A canvas bag is even more durable but still costs less than half of what a similar sized laundry basket would cost.

Buying Tips

Here are a few things to think about before selecting a laundry bag.

1. Construction
There are of course cotton, canvas, mesh, nylon and other types of materials used for making these bags. Canvas is probably the most durable/heavy duty (especially with double stitching) and mesh is probably the lightest. Canvas and other solid fabric construction will do a better job of containing any odors as compared to mesh.

Some of these items close with a drawstring, some with a flap, and others with a zipper. Clearly a zipper offers the most secure closure, but is also more likely to get stuck or broken.

Some of these bags have an internal frame that can collapse for storage. This allows them to sit upright for easy loading and unloading, but they aren't as expandable and won't collapse as tightly as those without a frame.

2. Size
To get the right bag, you need to estimate how much of a load you will accumulate before doing laundry. Remember, if you will be toting the laundry bag very far, it can weigh quite a lot when filled.

3. Portability
As mentioned above, a smaller, lighter weight bag will be easier to carry if you have to go any distance. In addition however, having a good handle can make any load more portable. Having a strap or handle that allows you to sling it over your back can make the lifting easier.

4. Other Storage
Some people prefer to have another pocket or two to carry essentials like detergent, dryer sheets, and so forth.


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    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Seems like we are always buying new laundry bags for our daughter. Great ideas.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, mulberry, You always come up with some great ideas. nice one. nell