Do you store items on top of your washer and dryer? Detergent bottles, spray stain remover, a laundry trash can…the possibilities are endless.
If you have a front-loader, you are well aware that they occasionally sound like a jet plane taking off. And all of that rumbling around makes my detergent bottles walk right off and fall on the floor.
So how do I fix that?
With shelf liner.
There are a million reasons to use it on top of your washer and dryer:
- It keeps the top of your appliances looking like new.
- It is super easy to replace when it gets messy.
- It’s very easy to wipe clean of detergent or other spills.
- It provides a slight ‘grip’ which keeps your stored items from walking off of the edge.
- It looks nice and neat…and who doesn’t like that?!
During my recent laundry room clean-up, I replaced all of the shelf liner on top of my washer and dryer. And this 7-minute makeover did not disappoint!
First, I took everything off the tops of my washer and dryer. This was no small feat considering the mess I had gotten myself in. I had taken off the shelf liner about a month ago because I had spilled a lot of detergent on top. I didn’t take the time to replace it immediately and…well, you see the disgusting result. It was really much worse than this picture reveals.
After removing every single item, I washed down the tops and the outside of my appliances.
Then I rolled out the shelf liner so it measured completely from one side of the washer top to the other. I want the top completely covered so Oxi Clean granules and lint don’t get stuck in any cracks along the sides.
I cut the shelf liner at the desired length, smoothed out with my hands, and then placed my most used items on top.
The final result is oh so refreshing!
(I usually do not have this many items on top of my washer and dryer. When I store this many bottles and containers on top, it has a tendency to get even more messy. However, my huge baby belly prevents me from reaching up to those shelves above the machine!)
Why did I put off doing this task when it literally only took me 7 or 8 minutes to complete?! And the end result is so fabulous!
It looks great! I like the things you pointed out as well-the easy clean up with the liners and all.
I like my laundry room to look neat too-that is one room that seems to need constant tidying!
Crystal & Co
Never thought to protect the top of my washer with shelf liner! Smart.
Isn’t it funny the things we dread we end of thinking… why did I put that off….
Oh I could make a *very* long list of all of the things I dread!! Mopping the kitchen floor (or mopping any floor, for that matter), cleaning out my closet, the list could go on forever!!
I do the same thing! My mom suggested it when I got my new machines to prevent wear on the top (because we all know we’re going to put stuff on top!). I’ve always wondered if I could throw the shelf liners in the wash when they get a little messy. I hope you’ll share if you ever try it!
Have you heard; “You CAN’T store LIQUID laundry detergent, softener, etc in those pedestal pull out drawers that are underneath Front End loading washing machines and dryers?” That the heat from the washer or dryer can make the liquid less effective? If you can’t store the cleaning supplies in them, what’s the point. Thanks
Hey Dawn, I personally haven’t heard that. In our old house, I did store liquid laundry detergent in the bottom of those drawers for years and years with no trouble.
That’s just my experience, though, and not based on anything scientific. 🙂