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The Reason Laundry Baskets Have Holes Isn't What You Think
As anyone who does laundry knows, laundry baskets filled with clothes can be quite heavy. If you’re carrying these baskets up several flights of stairs to get to each family member’s bedroom, then the weight can make a difference.
According to Patric Richardson, author of "Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore," holes were added to plastic laundry baskets to keep them lighter, but there's another important reason why your baskets have holes in them. Back strain isn't the only issue — albeit, it's an important one.
Clothes contain moisture when dirty (from sweat) and when clean (from the heat of the dryer), so the holes in a basket can help this air get out with ease. The outlet points out that this moisture could create the perfect home for mold and mildew, and the holes can fix this issue.