Because your socks, swimsuits, and bras may be washed in the same machine as the rest of your clothes, that doesn’t mean you should do laundry that way. You can stop reading now if you don’t care if your tights rip or that your bra straps become so twisted in your washing machine that they become damaged. If you do care about these types of issues, then a netted laundry bag, on the other hand, is your greatest friend if you want to have a life of clean, well-cared-for laundry. When washing a load of laundry all together without a netted laundry bag, the other issue is losing items. Some objects get into the laundry and never come out, and it may feel as if house elves are snatching your belongings when you swear you put an even number of socks in the washer only to be left with an odd number.
The items that get lost are always a mystery. Sometimes it is as simple as a sock dropping behind a washing machine or the dryer. In this case, there is no need to look for the house elf who is pilfering your clothes. It is just necessary to be careful when transferring laundry into the machines. However, the fact is that your washer does, sometimes, consume your clothing. Your socks might get lodged in the washer housing, and your underwear could be in the gap between your dryer lint traps.
So, if you haven’t heard about the benefits of a netted laundry bag yet, now is the time to discover them. These thin, airy bags can do more than you might imagine. The bags can come with zippers or drawstrings, the little zipped or drawstring bags made of mesh or netting allows water and soap to pass through while yet allowing your delicates to be washed. You wash them in the same manner as you would a sweater or a pair of jeans, but they are more resistant to the rigors of the spin cycle.
Here are some creative ideas on how to utilize laundry bags both inside and outside the laundry room.
Use it for camping. When you’re camping the old-fashioned way—that is, without a camper and running water—you have to be creative with how you wash your dishes, and one of the most acceptable methods to clean your cup plates and cutlery is using a dip bag. Place the soiled dishes in the netted laundry bag, dip them in a basin filled with water and soap or bleach, and rinse them in a pail of clean water. When you’re finished, remove the drawstring and hang the bag to dry from a tree or laundry line; the bag also serves as storage.
Use it to wash small items. Washing tiny objects by hand may be time-consuming, especially when you have a dishwasher that you’d instead use. Pacifiers and miniature teacups are too small to go in the grooves and prongs of the washer, so place them in a netted washing bag and set them on the top or bottom rack. You don’t want drawstrings getting caught in your dishwasher’s blades, so choose a mesh bag with a zipper or press-and-close mechanism.
Use it for washing socks. Washing your socks together is the most popular strategy to protect your washer and dryer from stealing them. Rather than using a clip or other potentially hazardous methods, place your socks in a laundry bag and dump the entire load into the washing machine. When the washer is finished, the sock bag may be placed directly into the dryer. Then you’ll never have to worry about losing your socks in the washing machine again.
Use it for washing shoes. Many shoes aren’t very delicate, yet putting them in the washing and dryer might cause them to become deformed and worthless. To avoid hand-washing your boots, place them in a netted laundry bag with a pair of old towels. The towels will shield the shoes from rattling about in the washing machine and will preserve their form. Remove the laces and any insoles first—they can go inside the bag with the shoes or in a separate mesh bag to avoid tangled or destruction. Get a mesh bag that hooks to the dryer door so the shoes may dry in position.
Use for air drying. You may use your cultivated herbs straight once or dry them for later use after gathering them. You may set them on a table, bake them, or microwave them, but one of the best methods to dry herbs is to air dry them in a mesh wire laundry bag to keep pests and rodents at bay. Hang the netted laundry bag to dry on hooks outside or on an enclosed porch.
Use for lingerie. Aside from a full load on the delicate setting, throwing your delicates in a laundry bag is a tried-and-true strategy to preserve them in good condition during the wash. Some soft sweaters often require hand washing or dry cleaning to maintain their softness and shape, so if your shirt requires dry cleaning or other special cleaning instructions, it’s best to follow those instructions; otherwise, putting your delicates in a netted laundry bag will give them a proper cleaning without the usual machine damage. To avoid tears, tangles, and deformed clothes, place them in a mesh bag before putting them in the washing and dryer.
Use for cleaning toys. To clean toys, place them in the washing machine with a netted laundry bag. You don’t want a bucket of legos rattling around in your washer or your child’s beloved stuffed animal losing an eye, so take a large mesh bag for the legos and other complex toys and toss them in with some old towels, just as you did with your shoes. Take a small, medium, or big mesh bag, depending on the size of the stuffed animal, and wash it like a delicate one. After that, hang or put the toys out to dry in the mesh bag.
Use for fruits and vegetables. Onions and potatoes should preferably be stored separately in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated room. In your pantry, keep onions and potatoes in an over-the-door laundry bag. They’ll last longer, and you’ll be able to look through the pack to notice when you’re running low on supplies. It also works well with other veggies or herbs, such as garlic. It’s worth repeating: don’t store your onions and potatoes together because this might cause them to go bad faster. To keep pests at bay, make a better hanging fruit basket out of colanders and a netted laundry bag.You may quickly adapt this for an outside BBQ or picnic. Cover your plated meal with colanders and place it inside the netted laundry bag to keep the food fresh.
The above are just some of the creative uses for a mesh or netted laundry bag. It is likely that there are a ton more that weren’t mentioned. The netted laundry bag is such a useful tool!