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.

 

best Laundry baskets-008-blogAnd I use a cane basket for the dirty washing too.

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So there I was grumpily, banging my baskets around the laundry… when… I found an Australian collapsible laundry basket.. that lasts!

 

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Here it is, I’m in love with a collapsible washing basket. It’s the best laundry basket I’ve ever owned.

I can drop it on the tiles as much as I like, and it just bounces back.

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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. \

Anaconda and Tentworld.com.au sell these baskets.

They are expensive, around $50. I just checked the Coles website and a white plastic one costs $4.76… but I know which I’d rather have. I bought a couple more for myself over the months in fast.

And I even bought one of these super cool laundry tubs.

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2019 Update

Well these laundry basket lasted really well for five years but now are sagging a bit.  We are still using them fine but they do not sit up as they used to. I gave two to my sons when they moved out but found another similar one for myself in Aldi for about $30 and it’s great. But you can never rely on Aldi to have more!

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The 2019 Aldi laundry basket, I wish I had bought two!!

 

Would you spend $49 on a laundry basket?

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!

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Posted on: February 17, 2019

17 Comments

  • 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

    Grace

    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

        Rachel

        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

    Rita

    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 cheap 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.
    Carolyn

    • 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 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.

  • Reply March 11, 2019

    robert pytellek

    I own lovely stainless steel pegs. Made from 318 stainless. So they stay on the line. Not cheap, but I should never need to replace them.

    • Reply March 12, 2019

      Seana Smith

      Good to hear Robert, can you let me know where you got them from?

  • Reply March 12, 2019

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