Then buy one of these:
Drill holes in the bottom of the laundry basket, viola! You can soak hay in warm (or not freezing) water and drain it easily.
Same here. I know a horse that can only eat wet hay because he has asthma. It's a special condition but I don't know the name in English. X) My mare actually dunks her hay in her water bowl before eating it so I'm ok XD She just gets the box all wet x)