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Laundry Rooms How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our laundry step-by-step tips & ideas.


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What is Laundry Stripping and How Does It Work?

Deep-clean your laundry with a tried-and-true treatment that deep cleans by removing dirt and residue trapped within your clothes, towels, and bedding. Read this guide to learn more about laundry stripping and how to do it safely and effectively.

How to Eliminate Dryer Odors

You know it’s not time yet to replace your dryer, but there’s a stench coming from it that makes you want to buy another one. No need to spring for a brand-new appliance. We’ll show you how to remove the smell from a dryer for next to nothing.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

Banish errant soils, product residue, odors, and bacteria from the washer to ensure that laundry comes out as fresh and clean as possible.

How to Maintain a Washing Machine

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey gives some general advice on maintaining a washing machine.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

Keep your front loader mold-free! High-efficiency front-loading washing machines use less water and energy, plus get clothes cleaner than their top-loading competition—but they’re also more prone to developing odors and mildew. Here, ways to turn a stinky washer into a clean machine

How to Choose and Install Laundry Appliances

Ask This Old House plumbing expert Richard Trethewey helps a couple pick out and install energy efficient appliances.

How to Install a Basement Laundry

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a washer and dryer in his basement

How to Hook Up Washing Machine Plumbing

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey re-plumbs a washing machine.

How to Make a Shutter-Door Ironing Cabinet

Use these louvered or paneled wood beauties to give your home's exterior classic character, or repurpose them as rustic indoor accents

How to Build a Wood Hamper

Ditch the tacky plastic bin for a more grown-up laundry container

From Walk-In Closet to Spa-Like Laundry Room

A luxurious wash-and-dry zone elevates chores while wringing maximum use out of a former closet space

Automatic Valve Shut-off for Washing Machines

The Intelliflow turns washing machine water-supply valves on and off, so you don't have to

How to Install a Dryer Vent in 6 Steps

A quick and easy way to enhance the efficiency and safety of your clothes dryer.

How to Maintain a Washer and Dryer

Some of the greatest potential for flood and fire comes from your washer and dryer. Here's how to cut the odds

Installing a Laundry Chute

One homeowner shares their experience adding a laundry chute to their home.