Can we keep our cats away from the laundry? No! but we can handle laundry in a way that can keep everybody happy!
A few useful tips:
Depending on our setup, we can close the laundry room door or bring our clean clothes from the laundry in a container which keeps our cats away until it is safely in drawers.
If we are doing laundry at home, without a laundry room which can be closed, we can throw a clean towel or sheet over the laundry when it sits alone and unprotected. There can even be designated items for this purpose, re-used or re-washed as needed.
Yours and mine.
Give them a laundry basket with their own clean blankie on top. If we need extra blankies for such purposes, get them. Our cat will be thrilled and happy.