Storage space can be hard to come by sometimes, especially if you’re living in a small home. And even if you’re not, certain rooms can be smaller than you’d hope and it can get tight when you’re trying to put things away.
One room that is often a bit crowded is the laundry room, and there are many things that you need to store here. Sometimes this means you have to get creative and stash things away in places you normally wouldn’t.
In this case, you might consider storing laundry supplies among other things on top of your washing machine. But the question is, can you store things on top of a washing machine?
Let’s find out!
Can You Store Things On Top Of A Washing Machine?
|The short answer is, yes you can! Many have, and continue to, store things on top of their washing machines as it can provide you with some much-needed space for storage. It might seem unsafe for your washer, or even for the stored items, but there are some tips and tricks we’ll be discussing in this article to do it the right way.
How Can I Make Sure That Storing Things On My Washing Machine Is Safe?
There are several ways that you can make sure that what you’re storing won’t damage your washing machine.
First of all, you need to make the load balanced. You don’t want to store anything topheavy, or otherwise likely to fall over, on top of your washer as the movement of it could easily cause the item(s) to topple over.
Secondly, be careful about the weight of what you want to store. Don’t choose something that is so heavy it will break the machine of course, but do try to choose heavier items to store on top of the washer so that it’s more likely to stay put.
And thirdly, think about adding a bracing or support system to the top of your washing machine that you could store things in or on top of. Anything that would keep your stored items firmly in place would work. Some people like to add a liner to the top of their washer to give it some grip.
What Are Some Things I Should Never Store On My Washing Machine?
There are many things that you can store on top of your washing machine, but there are also many things that you shouldn’t. So here is a quick list of what you should avoid…
- Avoid storing any loose and bulky items on top of your washing machine, the bouncing and movement of those objects when the washer is turned on could end up damaging it.
- You also don’t want to store anything too light on top of your washing machine that would fall off every time you turn it on.
- And lastly, don’t store anything on top of a washing machine that is fragile and would break if it falls off, because that’s always a risk.
What Are Some Good Things To Store On Top Of A Washing Machine?
While it might be tempting to store odds and ends on your washing machine and have it be a catch-all for things that don’t have a dedicated spot, organization is always best at the end of the day.
So what most people suggest storing on top of your washing machine are things like detergent, fabric softeners, and other laundry related products. That way, you can have everything you need for your load of laundry right there with you, and you won’t have to sort through mounds of clutter to get to them.
An extra tip is to store smaller items in decorational bins that you place on top of your washer. This could add a pop of color to your laundry room, and also keep these items from moving around and getting mixed up from the movement of the washer.
Can You Store Things On Top Of A Dryer?
Since you now know that you can store things on top of your washing machine, you may also be wondering if it’s okay to store things on top of your dryer and the answer is yes but it’s not as advisable as storing things on your washer for one reason…
You need to be careful with anything you place on your dryer that it isn’t flammable because if it is, it could present a serious fire hazard since dryers produce so much heat. Leaving your clothes on top of the dryer, for instance, could cause a fire if some of the clothes were to fall off behind the dryer and block a vent.
So although you can technically store things on top of your dryer, you need to be careful of what those things are, and be mindful of how dangerous potential fire hazards could be.
If you’ve ever found yourself asking “Can you store things on top of a washing machine” then now you the answer is yes! And not only is it a yes, but many people actually think it’s a great idea and perfect for organization, convenience, and potential decoration.
The only things you need to be mindful of is if the things you’re storing are heavy enough to stay put (or if they’re not that you have some way to keep them in place), and that you’re not storing anything on top of your washing machine that would cause damage to it if it moved around during the wash cycle.
If you keep these things in mind then you’ve probably just found one of the best laundry room hacks out there!