In Search Of The Perfect Washing Basket – A Rant!!

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Now you don’t often have the pleasure of reading a rant on this blog, so please enjoy this one to the max.

Laundry baskets!!!

They are so crap, they fall apart so fast, they’re utter rubbish – why do we bother??!!

In the council cleanup a few weeks ago I FINALLY got rid of a couple of classic white plastic washing baskets whose days had been done a long time before.

Those rotten rigid useless baskets which you can buy from the supermarkets are so bad… and so emblematic of a buy-cheap-crap-throw-away-very-soon culture which drives me demented.

We have tiles outside where we hang the washing. The baskets get dropped down onto the tiles a lot and the bottoms tend to shatter.  They need to toughen up!

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Here’s the one plastic one I have left, with a cracked top and lost handgrip. Grrrr….

‘That’s it,’ I yelled to my sister ‘I’m never buying those again!!’

‘How about cane baskets?’ said she.

‘But they’ll just break too,’ quoth I.

‘True,’ she said, ‘but they will last longer and they’re biodegradable.’

So lucky for me, I found a big cane basket at the same council cleanup, washed it and set it to work.

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So there I was grumpily, banging my baskets around the laundry… when…

Sometimes PR companies hit the nail right on the head. A Back to School care package was delivered on behalf on Panasonic, and it included the most divine collapsible washing basket.

best laundry basketWhich I can drop on the tiles as much as I like, and it just bounces back. I’m sure I gave that PR girl a fright when I called her practically weeping in gratitude down the phone.

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Now all I need is a washing fairy!

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Oh look there’s one! 

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She seems to enjoy the laundry a lot more than her mum does.

Being a ruthless investigative laundry reporter, I tracked the washing basket down. It’s designed in Australia and made by Companion Brands. Here’s the website.

It’s actually designed for campers and caravanners, you can buy them at Kelly’s Camping here.

They cost a cool $39.95, which is a lot for a washing basket. I just checked the Coles website and a white plastic one costs $4.76… but I know which I’d rather have. I’m going to buy a couple more, one for here and one for the beach house.

Or I might even splash out $49 on this super cool laundry tub.

Laundry tub

Would you spend $49 on a laundry tub?

Do you go for long lasting quality over cheap short-lasting quantity?

Do your laundry baskets drive you mad… or just the laundry itself?

Any washing fairies are your house?

Happy washing!


My next domestic rant will feature clothes pegs, now there’s a topic I’ve got PLENTY to write about!

Thank you lovely PR people and Panasonic. I’ve never tried a Panasonic washing machine, but love front loaders and am impressed that they have a normal-sized one that can handle 10kg of dirty washing.

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Posted on: February 17, 2014


  • Well since I actually go camping I could probably justify the cost of the special camping basket. It looks great and would be easy to store too because it’s not so big.

    I wouldn’t use it camping though as I don’t do laundry on my hols which is fab until I get home. That’s when I’d need that 10kg panasonic washing machine. I think my front loader handles 7kg which was the biggest I could find at the time but with 3 kids (and I know you have 4!) my washing machine can never be big enough. Especially after camping holidays when there are endless muddly clothes and bedding to wash.

    I need a washing fairy. But in the meantime I just keep trying to get the kids to recylcle their clothes more. Sometimes they just chuck something in the wash because it’s the easiest thing to do. Bad children!

    • Reply February 17, 2014

      Seana Smith

      My kids do just the same… and I sometimes just fold the clothes and put them back… actually more unusually I fling them onto their beds… they’re either not dirty at all or FILTHY!!!

  • Reply February 17, 2014


    Our plastic baskets break because my twinions keep climbing and sitting on them!
    Aren’t the collapsible baskets great?

    • Reply February 17, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Very cool… and lets face it, anything to make the washing easier.

  • Reply February 17, 2014

    Mairi Stones

    Hi Seana
    The collapsable one looks great and if it bounces, fab, but just to check out, is the plastic recyclable, when it finally does reach it’s end of life? Also I just use a garden plastic trug, it’s heavy duty plastic, not rigid, and it has handles too. X

    • Reply February 17, 2014

      Seana Smith

      What’s a trug, Mairi? I’m off to google… must check is can recycle, would be great if it can be

      • Reply February 24, 2014


        I too use a big trug or flexi tub, I was so tired of cracking baskets! It’s been great and being softer has so far lasted me 7 months with no sign of wear and tear!

  • Reply February 17, 2014


    Wow! i never heard of these baskets before Seana! Sure they look really practical!

    • Reply February 18, 2014

      Seana Smith

      I’d never ever seen them before… always great to find something that really WORKS.

  • Reply February 18, 2014

    Bethany Bowman

    I MISS YOUR WASHING FAIRY!! 🙁 She looks much older in these photos!!

    • Reply February 18, 2014

      Seana Smith

      They’re getting really tall these days… and very cheeky, Bethany.

  • Reply February 18, 2014

    Desire Empire

    No, not $49 but I get you on the cheep Chinese ones breaking. Think of the resources that have gone into those baskets to land them here in Australia. What a waste and then for them to just create land fill.

    I am using cane one too and so far it has lasted for ages.

    • Reply February 19, 2014

      Seana Smith

      I wish I had talked to you about this a long time ago. I threw two out and have that one broken one left. But yes $49 for that groovy bucket one is steep.

  • Reply June 10, 2014

    Stephen Hunter

    I was wondering how your new super-basket is going? I was looking around for hints, tips and idea’s and came across your blog. I am in the process of designing a laundry basket and it’s really hard to find any feedback, thoughts or idea’s, so thanks!
    My initial design idea was to satisfy (in order):
    1. Durability
    2. Easy to carry (especially for bad backs)
    3. Capacity
    4. Peg access (I have a couple of idea’s for a design to have a peg holder built into the basket.
    5. Cosmetic (not really important but nothing wrong with a funky laundry basket)
    What do you think of these priorities?

    – Steve

    • Reply June 11, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Hello Steve, good to hear from you. A basket that holds pegs sounds a good idea as long as they don’t fall out. I do think durability is the main thing. This basket is still going strong and in fact I invested in a second.

      I think that my family is very hard on washing baskets. I carry them outside then drop rather than carefully place them onto the tiled floor where the washing line is. So this one tends to collapse into itself when I drop it. It being a folding one. But no damage at all and they do get a workout.

      I do think cosmetics are important. The cheap white ones are very dull as well as fragile.

      Must write about clothes pegs next. Lots to say about them too!!

      • Reply June 12, 2014

        Stephen Hunter

        Yes pegs, I hope you are going to take sides and declare if your are a leave-on-the liner or a take-em-downy. Personally life is too short to take them on and off the line but everyone to their own.
        There used to be a brand of jumbo pegs available at Woolies but they are off the market. Still have a set going strong after 5 years, no breakages, no rust marks and really easy to shift on the line.


        • Reply June 13, 2014

          Seana Smith

          Well, generally a leave on the line girl myself… occasionally don’t use them at all then regret it. I have some with no metal bits, single piece of plastic and they’re the best… these things matter, even to the non-domestically-minded.

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