Monday, January 17, 2022


RV dirty laundry!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

Politicians loathe it because somehow, it always comes out. RVers fight with it, because in a tight space, where do you put it? What is it? Dirty laundry! Where to put the dirty laundry until wash day rolls around. If someone could come up with a “one size fits all solution” they could really clean up. Meantime, here’s a laundry list of possible solutions:

Put the laundry basket in the shower stall — take it out when it’s shower time. Great, unless the cat’s litter box already occupies the space.

As an alternative, hang the dirty laundry from either a retractable clothes line, or an additional shower curtain rod, hung in the shower stall. Keeps the cat happy.

Get a hanging laundry bag. We’ve seen a couple of different inspirations on this idea. One hangs on a closet rod like a coat hanger; the other hangs over the back of a door.

Motorhome or trailer owners with plenty of basement storage may find an idea here: Cut a trap door in the bottom of an existing cabinet, then place a laundry basket in the basement compartment immediately under the door. Pop open the door, drop dirty clothes in and forget about them until wash day.

One couple put a laundry bag in an under-counter cabinet, but found they were too lazy to pick up the bag to put the clothes in it. As a result, the clothes just wound up being piled on top of the bag — making a big hassle on laundry day. Solution? They put grommets on the rim of the laundry bag and hung them on cup hooks placed under the countertop, leaving the “front” of the bag gaping open, ready to accept dirty donations.

More inconvenient, but if there’s no other place: Put the laundry basket in your pickup canopy, or the trunk of your towed car.

Sources: Amazon provides both styles of these hampers. Here are links: In-closet hanging hamper and the over the door hamper.

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Dick and Sandy still on vacation in Florida
1 year ago

We were fortunate when we custom ordered our present Class A to have a covered hamper put in just below our closet. It has a 3 cubic foot capacity and large enough for 2 weeks of laundry for our stacked washer/dryer. We have used some of the published article ideas in our two past Class A’s. What ever works is a good idea.

1 year ago

If you have one of those cabinets across from the bed that is floor to ceiling, take out a couple of the shelves at the bottom. Insert a tall kitchen trashcan to use for the dirty clothes. You either loose space in the closet or in the shelves. So it’s a personal preference. I would propose the cabinet would be easier to get to in most cases since clothes are usually discarded daily or every other day. The items in that cabinet could be stored in the closet floor or the back of the closet if they are used less often.

1 year ago

We put ours in the washer. When it gets full we wash.

1 year ago
Reply to  Cliff

Same here. Why take up rod space? Hanger rods in RV closets generally aren’t long enough as it is.😳

1 year ago
Reply to  Cliff

Darks, whites and colors all together?

1 year ago
Reply to  cee

tie dye shirts & jeans AND yup wash altogether!!! 🙂

1 year ago

When we’re plugged in, we put the dirty laundry directly into the machine. When it’s full, we wash.

When not plugged in for extended periods, we use a large mesh laundry bag stored in the shower. Once it’s full, we go to the local laundromat.

1 year ago

We use our washer and dryer as dirty clothes hampers until time to wash. When they are full, time to wash! Easy peasy!

1 year ago

We have a Splendide washer/dryer combo. On the shelf above it, I placed 3 empty boxes from the liquor store that I use as hampers. One is for light colored, another for dark colored and the third for white colored clothes. When a box is full of laundry, it’s the exact size of a load. and into the washer it goes. Easy and organized laundry solution!

4 years ago

We decided not to have a washer/dryer combo in the space provided so I measured carefully and nest two laundry baskets in the bottom of the now closet. When we go too long between washes (2 1/2 to 3 weeks) I also have a collapsible crate to put the clothes in. I always sort all the clothes before heading out to the laundry. Really like the ease of laundry washing pods but have discovered that it is important to put in the bottom of the washer so they dissolve completely.

4 years ago

I’m not sure why so few RVers seem to know about the mini washers and washer/dryers that are sold by Amazon. The best known brand is Panda. A washer/dryer can be as small as 20 x 20 x15 thus fitting perfectly in a shower or on the floor of a closet. You can do a wash in 15 minutes (the dryers are usually centrifugal only but items are usually dry within one to two hours.
I use the washer half as a hamper, and when its full just hook up .

MaryAnn Sorensen
4 years ago

We put ours in pillow cases.

4 years ago

I have a mesh hamper that I keep in the driver’s seat while I’m parked. Then, when I get ready to hit the road again, I just move the hamper. Not ideal, but it’s easy to do.

4 years ago

We have a built in laundry hamper, but we also store dirty clothes in both the washer and the dryer.

Myra Johnson
4 years ago

We put ours under the bed in a piece of canvas luggage with wheels. Helps in transporting the clothes to and from the laundromat.