Americans wash about 400 loads of laundry per year and are purchasing a wider variety of soaps and detergents. "We're looking for things that make our life easier, better, healthier," said the American Cleaning Institute's Nancy Bock. The Laundress' Lindsey Boyd recommends having a well-organized laundry room, including hampers, drying racks, hangers, mesh washing bags and "a nice, clean work table."

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