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Other than stenciling a wall in the laundry room, I haven’t done much more in there since we moved in- except the actual laundry, of course. This week I decided to freshen up the space by creating pretty DIY laundry room accessories. Keep reading for free printable labels so you can make your own.
So, what prompted this little laundry room update? I’m glad you asked. 🙂 I like to buy these giant sized bottles of all® free clear laundry detergent at Sam’s Club. Because of my super-sensitive skin, this has been my go to laundry detergent for years.
My skin even protests new clothes (ack, a girl’s worst nightmare) unless I wash them before wearing. All® free clear is the #1 recommended brand by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin, so at least I don’t need to worry about additional irritants. Perfumes often trigger my migraines, which is another reason to stick with my favorite perfume-free detergent.
To see how others are using all® free clear in their fight against allergens and skin sensitivities, click here.
As much as I appreciate my laundry detergent, the bottle isn’t particularly attractive to leave out on display. So began my endeavor to make pretty laundry room accessories: a tray, a glass bottle to hold the detergent, and a bin for sad orphan socks.
DIY Laundry Room Accessories Step 1:
Paint a wooden tray to coordinate with your laundry room. I sprayed mine with a periwinkle blue, then washed white and purple craft paint over that. Finish with a coat of clear spray. If you aren’t washing additional colors over the spray paint, you won’t need the clear coat.
DIY Laundry Room Accessories Step 2 (optional):
Cut a piece of heavy cardboard to fit inside the tray and cover with a coordinating fabric. Cut the fabric about 2 inches larger than the cardboard, center on the cardboard, wrap edges to the back, and secure with hot glue. Place inside the tray, but don’t glue down in case you want to remove it for cleaning or decide to omit it altogether. Spray with a fabric protector if desired.
DIY Laundry Room Accessories Step 3:
Print these cute labels for the bottle and bin. Click on the labels, then right click to save. Insert them into a document and resize as needed.
I attached the labels with hot glue. To protect the labels and make them more permanent, you could attach and coat them with a decoupage medium.
A glass bottle for the laundry detergent almost makes it look like something to celebrate, doesn’t it? Not only does being clear of dyes make all® free clear acceptable for my skin, it makes it perfect for decorating- no color clashes! 😀
A bin can now house the orphans left behind from the ongoing disappearing sock mystery. We always hope their mates will find their way home again.
HINT: Keep the measuring lid from the original detergent bottle in the sock bin. You’ll need it to measure the correct amount of detergent per load. Be sure to follow the directions on the original bottle.
My glass bottle was rescued from an old glass factory reject pile, so I didn’t have a lid for it. I used a cork, but a screw-on lid would be ideal. Or use a wine pouring spout to control the flow better.
HINT: To prevent the tray from vibrating off the dryer, attach a short piece of adhesive backed hook-and-loop tape to the bottom of each end of the tray, with the corresponding pieces attached to the dryer. I wouldn’t advise placing the tray on the washing machine unless you have a basket or tray with higher sides. Otherwise, the bottle may come tumbling off during the spin cycle. Yikes!
Well, I still may not have fun doing laundry, but at least I’ll have something pretty to look at while doing it.
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Got any tips for making laundry day more fun? Or tips for battling this awful allergy season?