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Thread: Better Laundry Baskets?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    London, Ontario

    Better Laundry Baskets?

    Seriously... does anyone out there make a GOOD laundry basket? All we see around here are Rubbermaid and Sterilite. Rubbermaid are the "best", and they're a great shape and size, but the handles are a real weak point. They don't last much beyond 1-2 years without cracking there.

    Here is a 15 minute job to replace the handles with some 1-1/4" dowel. We'll see how long this lasts.

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    There's usually more than one way to do it... ........

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Looks like a great solution. Should be interesting to see how well it lasts compared to the factory design.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    1" PVC pipe works well, too.
    Jim D.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Well Art again i thought our house was the only one with these issues.

    We searchiing for a new laundry basket or very similar reasons.

    Found one at TSC store the other day but it needed a body builder to lift it. Suffice to say it was not intended for laundry. But it looked stout though. Was a lamb feeding container.

    I guess the trick is to buy the one you got and upfront reinforce the handles as prevention out the box. Thanks for the tip.

  5. #5
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    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    We have three bags that are on folding X shaped stands - I can't find the exact ones we have online.. But basically its a bag with loops at the corners that hook onto the corners of the stands. A lot of the ones I see the bag is sewn onto the stand which means you can't just take it off easily to wash so I think the ones we have are probably a superior design in that regard (in theory if the loops were poorly sewn they might be more likely to fail there). So far they've held together quite well for over 12 years and the only damage was when the dog was a puppy and chewed on the dowels that held the flap lids in place.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Independence MO
    I still occasionally see the wicker ones, but they are smaller.
    One reason I see to use a hamper and put in some sort of laundry bag that can be run through at the same time.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    I have a 20+ year old Sterlite that I don't think will ever break. Perhaps it's a case of "they don't make them like they used to". Either that, or Brent and I are so skinny that our clothes don't weigh that much

    I also love having a three bag hamper in the laundry room for sorting by color/water temp. It is from Costco and the bags are held by removable hanging rods so you can wash the bags if you need to (mine doesn't have the folding table top). What is perfect is the size of the bags hold exactly enough clothes for a full wash. When a bag is full I wash.

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  8. #8
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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Thanks, Sharon. Noted for the new house.

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  9. #9
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    We have two Rubbermaid's, 3' tall, 15" ID. They are both 8 years old and so no signs of giving up anytime soon.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    What is this hamper nonsense? That's what floors are for.
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