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Carry and Wash

Martha Stewart Living, January 2009

A pair of canvas bags -- one for laundry, the other for dry cleaning -- eliminates sorting later and makes for easy transport. Clear luggage tags on each indicate the appropriate cleaning method. You can also insert your contact information to streamline drop-offs at the cleaner.

Comments (12)

  • 4 Oct, 2011

    My LLBean order just came in - I ordered 2 XLG canvas bags for darks and whites. The bags will be useful for travel as well. Being 6 months pregnant, it is so much easier to carry laundry downstairs by a handle vs a cumbersome laundry basket!

  • 24 Sep, 2011

    I keep a laundry basket in our closet and put all the dry cleaning items in it. When it gets full, I just grab the basket and take it to the dry cleaners.

  • 23 Sep, 2011

    This is a fantastic idea and has unlimited uses. I went to LL Bean and bought the extra-large custom totes. I bought a black one for dark clothes, a pastel one for lights and a regular one for whites for my husband and I. I also have one in the guest room for when my family visits. If my kids were still at home, I'd have one in each of their rooms. The possibilities are endless! Plus, it makes it easy to carry to the laundry room. Great job, MS!

  • 23 Sep, 2010

    To AnitaMac: So...get bigger bags.

  • 23 Sep, 2010

    If only the laundry that my family of 6 produces weekly, daily, hourly, could fit into totes!

  • 23 Sep, 2010

    If you're going to use totes for laundry, get the big blue shopping bags from IKEA -- they cost about $1 and will hold a lot. I would think you could put a couple sets of queen sheets with pillow cases. Too bad you can't buy the yellow ones they have for customers to use so you can color code.

  • 1 Apr, 2009

    You can get great canvas totes at They can be personalized, and they have a vinyl coating on the inside. You can also get the ID tags. Check it out!

  • 17 Mar, 2009

    LL Bean sells large totes as well. But they are pricey. You can sew your own tote bags. There are many free patterns online. And the totes don't have to be
    from canvas just heavier fabric. Plus you can recycle things like book covers
    from hardcover books, or a piece of plastic cut from a gallon jug of water or milk
    covered in fabric to stiffen the bottom of the tote bag.

  • 16 Mar, 2009

    get great canvas storage totes at

  • 16 Mar, 2009

    landsend sells large canvas totes. Hope this helps

  • 16 Mar, 2009

    Wheer would you find extra-extra large totes?

    P.S. I suppose if you do not let your laundry get pas the brim of the tote it will encourage you to do laundry more frequently?

  • 15 Mar, 2009

    A great tip IF only a canvas tote would hold my laundry.....roflmao! For the cleaners -I do have to say that I LOVE that!