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5 ways You Can Make the Most Out of Your Utility Room

A typical home owner will spend over 15% of their time at home within their utility room, whether it is scrubbing pots, doing their laundry or using it as a stow away for unused items. Utility rooms have come a long way since the days of using them as a place solely to wash clothes. More and more frequently these rooms are being used as a multipurpose space. Thinking of what you could use this space for, or how you can make the most of this additional house space may be a distant thought for some home owners. This being said, here are 5 great ways you can make the most out of your utility room.

Fridge

A very simple and commonly added utility room unit is a refrigerator. If you are the type of home owner that does either a weekly, fortnightly or monthly food shop, then you may hit the food frustration phase when trying to rearrange your entire fridge in order to fit in all the food that needs keeping cool. An additional fridge in your utility room offers you the perfect place to store certain types of food groups that may be too bulky for the main refrigerator.

Equally, many people use their additional fridges as a place to store drinks and alcohol, meaning more room in your main fridge, and a crisp cold drink at the end of a long day.

Pet Washing Station (With picture)

The vast majority of utility rooms are located in an area with easy access to the garden. This is due to the likelihood of their being a dryer in there, meaning it is easier to dispose of the excess heat produced from it. This being said, why not move your pet washing station from your bath, and into a place closer to the outdoors.

Having a cleaning station so close to entrance means you can wash your pets grass filled paws and dirt filled fur before they enter the house. I would recommend using laminate or tiles flooring in the utility room if you are considering creating a pet cleaning space, as this will make the clean-up process much easier.

Open Storage

Storage such as wall to ceiling cupboards, hanging rails and shelving units mounted to the wall are all viable methods of making the most out of the space in your laundry room. I would recommend using shelving units placed above the counter for all of your already dried and folded clothing or for any excess pots and pans.

Stow Away Ironing Board (with Picture)

For those short on space in your household, the last thing you want is to have a cumbersome ironing board getting in the way of your kitchen worktops. Stow away ironing boards, also known as drawer ironing boards, are the perfect solution to this problem, and there is no reason not to keep them in the utility room.

Having a pull out ironing board not only saves cabinet space, but also saves you the time and struggle of putting it up, which we all know can sometimes be a huge inconvenience. Having the ironing board stored neatly away in a utility room draw means that all of your washing, drying and ironing can be done in one room.

Making Your Laundry Room Eco-friendly

Now that you have some good ideas for what you can do with your utility room, why not look into making it ‘green’ by using eco-friendly washing techniques. Below we have listed 5 simple steps to follow to ensure that you are helping the environment while doing your washing:

Line Dry

Maybe the simplest and most traditional method of drying clothes is to hang them out on the line to dry. When using a tumble dryer, you are emitting a high amount of carbon emissions into the environment, as well as digging into your electricity bill. It may be a nice feeling to put on warm pyjamas on a cold winters night, but if you are serious about going green, washing lines are the way forward.

Many prefer the dryer due to decreased drying time for their clothes, however throughout the summer, if you have washed on a rinse cycle, your clothes should only take a little over an hour to dry. In the winter months, I would consider setting up a small line or maiden inside your utility room.

Only Wash Full Loads

Whether you are washing a single vest top, or a hundred t shirts, your washing machine will use the exact same amount of water and electricity. Make sure you are utilising this energy by only washing a full load, otherwise you are eating into your electricity bill, as well as damaging the environment. Try to avoid actually putting 100 t-shirts in one load, I would recommend using a full load but not cramming items in, as this has been known to promote bacteria growth.

Only Use Cold Water

It’s time to embrace the power of cold water! Much like your shower, bath and kitchen taps, water in the washing machine uses a good amount of energy in order to heat up. In fact, around 90% of the energy used during the laundry process is taken up by heating the water. Not only is this wasting unnecessary amounts of energy, it is also costing you more every month.

Use Green Products 

Many of the detergents commonly used by homeowners contain hazardous chemicals that make the washing process much easier. However, these chemicals can be dangerous to your skin, ruin your clothes and pollute neighbouring water sources. A way to combat this is to only look into buying biodegradable products, whose ingredients don’t contain harmful chemicals such as phosphates.

Look Into Energy Efficient Washing Machines

If you are serious about helping the environment and creating an energy efficient utility room, then one of the best things you can do is invest into energy efficient washing machines. These washing machines are said to use at least 50% less water and electricity than the standard washer. In the long term, the money you will be saving on your electric and water bills means the washing machine will have paid for itself – plus you will have done your part for the environment.