Laundry Room Goodies to DIY and BUY
Having a DIY laundry room with all the trimmings is something I may never have, but I enjoy planning my dream laundry just in case. Living in Hawaii in a vintage and very small plantation-worker style cottage, it is only practical the washer and dryer are kept outside of the house. I feel fortunate at least they are under cover on our brick paver lanai, but still they ARE outside.
I've collected a whole page full of ideas for my dream DIY laundry, which I'd like to share with you. You'll find sections covering things like how to make detergent, diy laundry organization, sorting clothes and a whole section on laundry drying racks. Perhaps your laundry area needs some sprucing up too? For now though I suppose my washer and dryer will remain outside next to the water heater, but someday...........Well, a girl can dream, can't she?
The clothespin bag in the picture is my design and coincidentally the clothesline happens to be my most frequent method of clothes drying. As long as it's not raining, I have to take advantage of the tradewinds here in Hawaii and dry my clothes the old fashioned way. Maybe the money I'm saving on my electric bill will help me save faster for my future dream laundry room? :)
Welcome to my DIY laundry page!
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
DIY Laundry Drying Racks
DIY Laundry Drying Rack #1
This was one of the first diy laundry drying racks I put on my to do list. It was designed by Kate at Centsational Girl. She made it very affordably and posted an excellent tutorial with pictures so you can make one of your own to put in your diy laundry room.
You can't see it in this particular picture, but Kate attached a window sash lock at the top of the laundry drying rack to hold it in place when not in use. How clever!
(Photo credit Kate at Centsational Girl)
Pause for a Poll
What would be the most important feature for your ideal DIY Laundry?
DIY Laundry Room Drying Rack #2
Seattle resident Erica grabbed a freecycled wooden baby playpen and turned it into this wall-mounted clothes drying rack for her laundry area. I think it's brilliant and I'm sure you will too. Read about it here.
(Photo credit Erica at Northwest Edible Life)
DIY Clothes Drying Rack #3
for the DIY Laundry Room with little space....
What do you do with an old wooden rung ladder? Well, Bec at Little Lucy Lu painted hers and hung it from the ceiling to serve as a clothes drying rack for her small laundry room. Her total cost for this DIY laundry project was less than $10. That's the kind of diy project that fits my budget. :)
(Photo credit Bec at Little Lucy Lu)
My New Brabantia Rotary Clothesline!
I recently treated myself to this absolutely wonderful umbrella style clothesline you see picture above. I consider it part of my extended DIY dream laundry.
My only complaint is I should have bought this a long time ago. :)
DIY Laundry Drying Rack #4
This picture and tutorial are from the blog, Inspirations for Mom. But I think this DIY laundry drying rack is an inspiring project for moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles.....anyone who likes convenience paired with style. Find the instructions here.
(Photo credit Inspirations for Mom)
DIY Laundry Clothes Sprinkler
Before we had steam irons, this is the way we got wrinkles out of our clothes. A hot iron, use the DIY clothes sprinkler to sprinkle water over the clothes, then iron. Viola! :)
Want your own clothes sprinkler? You can buy vintage clothes sprinklers on Ebay. See below.
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
Money Saving Tip!
IF you have to use the dryer, use a ball of aluminum foil wadded up in the dryer instead of fabric softener sheets. I learned this tip online. It really does work great!
DIY Laundry Drop Down Folding Table
DIY Laundry Chute
Build a DIY Laundry Chute
Instructions found on Family Handyman
I've always wanted a laundry chute in my home. Considering I live in a one story cottage with no basement, I don't think that's going to happen. However, you never know what life may have in store so I've added the tutorial for this diy laundry chute to my laundry room wish list.
It's important to check with your local building codes before installing any diy laundry chute. Some areas may prohibit their installation due to local fire codes, etc. So check with the local experts first.
(Photo credit Family Handyman website)
DIY Laundry Products
DIY Laundry Soap Powder Recipe
Go to DIYNatural.com for a step by step picture tutorial to make your own laundry soap powder.
Store your newly made laundry detergent in pretty glass jars like Brittany did as part of her laundry room makeover. See more of her makeover here.
(Photo credit Brittany at Little Inspirations blog)
DIY Laundry Liquid Fabric Softener
This Frugal Life has 3 recipes for homemade fabric softener. The main ingredient for all three softeners is white vinegar.
(Photo credit This Frugal Life)
Stain Treatment Kit for the DIY Laundry
DIY LAUNDRY STORAGE
DIY Laundry Basket Storage Dresser - Designed by the incredibly talented Ana White
Go to AnaWhite.com where you can find her tutorial for her clever storage.
(Photo credit Ana White)