These days, I have a newly-walking toddler who loves to help me on laundry day. When he’s not confiscating my wool dryer balls or pulling wet clothes out of the dryer, you’ll probably find him dragging hand towels through the apartment or spreading clean clothes around the bedroom.
He’s certainly a busy little guy, and I’m looking forward to teaching him to love to work as he grows!
More and more, laundry day has become a good, weekly reminder for me to be thankful. Yes, laundry is work, but it’s more than that.
Having baskets of dirty laundry to wash also means that I have special people in my life who I get to love on and care for. So I wouldn’t trade those grubby little onesies for anything!
Even though I have an appreciation for doing our laundry, I still want to finish it quickly and efficiently.
That’s why it’s important for my laundry routine—and my laundry room—to be simple and streamlined! Having this good systems in place helps me to feel a bit more sane on the crazy days.
Keeping my laundry room organized with only the essentials helps laundry day to run smoothly.
This is my laundry closet with my laundry room essentials:
As you can tell, real estate in the laundry room is at a premium. Only the most useful, frequently used products are allowed to live there.
I have to make every space count!
So, after some trial and error, I ended up with the following 11 laundry room essentials! These products live in my laundry room year-round, and I haven’t felt the need to change them up in quite a while.
They’re all cost-effective and budget friendly, and many of them are healthy alternatives to conventional products.
My 11 Money-Saving Laundry Room Essentials
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1. Steam Iron
Our Black+Decker Digital Advantage Professional Steam Iron has served us well and is very easy to use. It came with a small, clear plastic water container designed for filling the iron, and I store them side-by-side for easy access.
2. Lint Roller
Who doesn’t need one of these in their life? I usually buy ours at Dollar Tree, even though they’re not as sticky and strong as the Scotch-Brite Lint Rollers.
3. Wool Dryer Balls
Ever since buying my first set of wool dryer balls, I’ve sung their praises! I love, love, love them, and they’re definitely one of my favorite laundry room essentials!
Wool dryer balls shorten the drying time, soften your clothes, and reduce static! Woot.
(I even mentioned them in my 15 Things We Don’t Spend Money On post!)
4. OxiClean Max Force Stain Remover Spray
I’m gonna be totally honest here. I can’t say OxiClean Max Force Stain Remover Spray out loud with a straight face! But it gets the job done, that’s for sure.
I’ve had great success removing all kinds of stains, even older, set-in stains.
And while we’re on the subject of stain remover, I want to mention the very best, healthiest, absolutely free stain remover I’ve found— the sun! I’ve been completely amazed by the sun’s power.
Hanging or laying your freshly washed, wet clothes outside in the sunshine for a few hours lightens and removes stains. I’ve even had amazing success hanging stained baby clothes in the window (it just takes longer)!
Honestly, it kind of feels miraculous.
5. Baking Soda
We buy the giant bags of baking soda from Costco at a super cheap price. Baking soda isn’t just good for baking— it can be used for countless other household tasks!
I like sprinkling it in laundry loads that need a little extra freshening. I also use it for polishing our sinks, toilet, and bathtub from time to time.
There are plenty more uses for baking soda, but I’ll stop there for now.
6. Utility Scissors
I like to keep a cheap pair of utility scissors on hand for things like opening packages, cutting tape, etc. I don’t want our kitchen shears and nicer pairs of scissors getting gummed up with gluey residue, so I keep this pair on hand.
7. Brush and Dustpan
Although I usually prefer to vacuum, this brush and dustpan set really comes in handy! It’s well-designed and the perfect size for convenient indoor use.
Yes, bleach is a chemical, and no, it doesn’t qualify as healthy. But I like to keep a small bottle on hand and use it very sparingly. I just buy the cheap, generic kind.
9. Norwex Microfiber Dusting Mitt
I can’t speak highly enough of our Norwex Microfiber Dusting Mitts! They were given to us as wedding gifts, and I have faithfully used them ever since.
To be honest, dusting is one of my least favorite cleaning jobs. But I much prefer dusting with a mitt, than a cloth. It makes the entire process faster and more efficient.
The Norwex mitts do an awesome job of trapping dust and not just flinging it into the air! What’s the point of dusting if you’re just moving it around?
10. Norwex Cleaning Cloths
I also love my Norwex cleaning cloths! These were wedding gifts as well, and we’ve gotten so much use out of them over the years.
The purple one is Norway’s antimicrobial, microfiber Polishing Cloth, and wow! My mirrors and glass surfaces never look as good if I use anything else! These cloths are a total game changer.
The green one is Norwex’s EnviroCloth. It’s great at removing dust, dirt, and grease from washable surfaces using only water—no other cleaning products necessary!
Even though Norwex products are an upfront investment, they’ll save you tons of money in paper towels and cleaning products over their lifetime! Plus, in my experience, they make cleaning faster and easier.
They’re a win-win-win!
11. Earth Friendly Ecos Laundry Detergent
Last, but certainly not least, the all-natural laundry detergent by Earth Friendly is simply amazing! I’ve been using it for many years now because it leaves our clothes beautifully clean and soft.
It’s gentle—free of harsh fragrances and chemicals—and I’ve washed all of Jack’s clothes with it since before he was born. I can’t imagine using a laundry detergent I was happier with.
Amazon has a pretty good price, but Costco’s price is even better!
What are a few of your laundry room essentials! Let me know down below! :)