Laundry is an inescapable facet of modern life. Whether you choose to wash your clothes by hand and hang them out to dry or invest in high-tech washing machines that do just about everything but fold for you, these laundry innovations are sure to lighten your load.

In the slideshow below, you'll read about round washing machines, eco-friendly washers that are built into ottomans, tiny washer-dryer combos built for small spaces, and washers with integrated hampers to make laundry easy. You'll also hear about initiatives to protect the time-honored tradition of hanging your clothes out to dry on clotheslines.