Last Update: 3/20/2018

Don’t Let Dirty Laundry Stink Up the Van

dead woman buried under dirty laundry

Living in a van down by the river ain’t no damn reason to let your van smell like stink-butt. Vanholio’s got a trick to hold that ass smell to a minimum.

How to Store Dirty Laundry in Vans

Problem – Laundry Bags Waste Space, Smell

See, Vanholio’s got a tiny van. So as my laundry built, I had this huge bag a dirty clothes in my way. That was one problem. The other was it was stinkin’ up the place. Then I figured out how to kill two birds with one stone.

Solution – Waterproof Pillow Cases Do Double Duty

It’s so simple, I’m amazed some vandweller ain’t come up with it already. I done bought myself some waterproof, bug-proof, hypoallergenic pillowcases. The particular pillowcases are terry-cloth-like on the outside, water-tight, and close with a zip. No stank escapes.

Vanholio uses the clothes-filled sacks like pillows. They ain’t squishy, but they’re good to prop up my feet, put under a soft pillow, or lay by my side for extra insulation. Instead of being in the way, my dirty laundry’s multi-use – essential in vanlife.

When I do laundry every few weeks, I just wash the pillowcases with the rest. They hold up to hot water and the dryer.

Advice – Air Dry Dirties Before Stuffing

Before you sack up your smelly underwear and other clothes in the pillowcases, hang them up to air dry for a day or so. With less moisture, you'll avoid that gym bag mildew rot smell.

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  1. This is an awesome idea! Thanks dude!

    1. Glad you find it helpful. Still working for me!

  2. I take the opposite approach. I put my laundry in a mesh scuba gear bag along with a canister of odor absorbing gel. I keep to arid regions and have the van open as often as possible. Everything desiccates quickly.

    1. That works since you don't need to cuddle up with the laundry like I do at times, bein' as ya keep to warm places.

  3. Two thumbs up on allowing your dirty laundry to dry before bagging it!
    Likewise, when getting out of bed in the morning,I leave my bed turned open to dry before before going all Martha Stewart on the place.

    1. Just so you know, I draw the line at potpourri.