Plastic laundry basket with lid

Some people prefer hampers that are built into furniture, so as to hide them. They certainly look nice and classy, but the problem is that they are expensive. A less expensive solution, if you don’t mind the look of it, is a simple plastic basket. The advantages of these are that they are inexpensive, light and long-lasting. Perfect qualities if you are going for practicality rather than for appearance.

Two basic models – I like that they don’t take up much floor space:
plastic laundry basket with lid
Plastic laundry baskets with lids pictured:
Left: United Solutions Rectangular Plastic Laundry Hamper with Lid, Two Bushel Capacity, White
Right: United Solutions Round Plastic Laundry Hamper with Lid, Two Bushel Capacity, White

The standard color for a laundry basket is white. They are available in other colors, but be prepared to pay more for those models.

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Large plastic laundry basket

How large a laundry basket you need doesn’t just depend on how much laundry you need to do. Don’t forget that you need to be able to carry the basket when it’s full of clothes. If you have trouble carrying a full basket, then you should look at a wheeled hamper, which would allow you to transport large loads from room to room much more easily than a regular plastic basket.

Not much to say about this model – you can’t get simpler than this, I don’t think:
large plastic laundry basket
Large plastic laundry basket pictured: White Iris Plastic Mesh Storage Basket X Large by IRIS USA, Inc.

You may want to look for a hamper made of a plastic that is somewhat soft and thick. Plastic that is hard and thin tends to be brittle. In general, for this type of product, the old adage of “you get what you pay for” holds true. You can get very cheap baskets, but they are likely to break easily.

Pictured above: 1- Home Logic 1.8-Bu Large Capacity HIP GRIP Laundry Basket, High-Gloss Finish 2- Home Logic Two-Bushel Lamper Spearmint Color with Pearl White Handles 3- STERILITE 12756P06 Espress Weave Basket, 26" 4- YBM Home Plastic Rattan Storage Box Basket Organizer ba426 (Brown, Large) 5- Case of 4 Sterilite Two Bushel Laundry Basket In Red by Generic

Toddler step stool with rail

It’s great when a toddler has learned how to wash his or her hands, and is actually willing to do it without protest. But of course, counters are made too high for toddlers, and no matter how willing they are to wash, they won’t be able to if they can’t reach the counter. A step stool designed for kids to use, complete with a handrail, is the solution to this problem.

This model looks good to me, but rather bulky, I think:
toddler step stool with rail
Toddler step stool with rail pictured: Jonti-Craft 0552JC JontiCraft UpnDown Steps Kids Step Stool

With a step stool, kids are even more likely to enjoy washing their hands.