Most heads of households and busy parents know about other helpful tools that streamline domestic chores like robotic vacuums and cabinet organizers, but few know about the equally beneficial laundry sorter. It is difficult enough to remember which washing machine temperatures are best for stain, mixed fabrics, and color of linens. On laundry day, there is the additional task of dumping a full hamper out and sorting each item into its separate category, because they all need special treatment.
Laundry sorters help you do this task before laundry day, as you move through your life. Depending on the number of compartments in your sorter, you may be able to put whites, delicates, stronger materials, colors, and darks each in their own area. When you want to just do a load of whites, you can simply grab the white’s bag off of the sorter, rather than rummage through combined laundry. Laundry sorters also help prevent the terrible mistake of accidentally putting a dry clean only item in the wash.
If you live in an apartment building where you must rush down to claim a washing machine on the rare occasion one is free, you do not have time to re-read the care labels on each item of clothing. In a rush, people often throw tailored suits or beaded tops into a washing machine, only to discover that they've now removed all of the sequins from their embroidered top.
Many people need to do underwear-only loads more often than any other type of laundry. But these small items tend to fall towards the bottom of the basket or get tangled up on the hooks and straps of other clothing. Removing underwear and bras from a jumbled pile of laundry can be time-consuming. Having a special compartment for just one's underwear on the laundry sorter makes it much easier to do a rapid underwear-only load.
Helpful Features Of A Laundry Sorter
People who do a lot of laundry on a daily basis, like those who work in the housekeeping industry, or parents who have lots of children, often need to carry heavy laundry baskets to and from machines. In fact, one study on the occupational risks of housekeeping staff found that carrying heavy loads like laundry baskets is one of the top causes of musculoskeletal injuries. To address this problem, most laundry sorters come on wheels so one can easily roll them to the washing machines.
Many laundry sorters combine several tools in one, with an attached ironing board and hanging rack so items that can't go in the dryer can be hung up straight out of the machine, to reduce the incidence of wrinkles. Most are made from mildew-resistant materials, since mold and mildew love to grow inside of a home, especially on soiled clothing. Many even have compartments that are machine washable.
Piles of dirty laundry can be rather unsightly, which is why many sorters have smart lids that let you easily slide dirty items in and then cover them up. These are ideal for homes that do not have a dedicated laundry room and must leave their sorters out in more public areas. Another feature that is very helpful for smaller homes or those without laundry rooms is the ability of some laundry sorters to fold down entirely flat when empty. These models easily pop back up into their full shape when needed.