Here are six ways you can save on laundry expenses without going naked!
Just because I have to spend time on laundry doesn’t mean I have to spend a lot of money on it.
Think about it. You have to pay for utilities, laundry supplies, and sometimes even professional services.
Water, detergent, fabric softener & dryer sheets, stain removal, dry cleaning, and electricity are all costs that can make doing laundry expensive. Here are six smart ways you can save on laundry costs.
Six Smart Ways To Save On Laundry Expenses
Save Money on Water by Using Less of It and Keeping it Cold
The best option would be to use energy efficient appliances, especially a front loading machine. Even if you don’t have access to that technology, you can still wash most loads in cold water, use a cold water detergent, only wash full loads, and choose the appropriate load size and cycle. If you want to be really extreme, you can even wash by hand.
Reduce the Price of Detergent By Using Less and Being Flexible
You don’t have to fill the cap! Use less detergent, make your own detergent, use a cold water detergent, and don’t wash clothes that aren’t dirty. While at the store, buy detergent in bulk, use powder instead of liquid, and consider buying store brand detergent. If you don’t want to separate by color (after passing the colorfastness test), try a “no sort detergent,” so you don’t have to buy one for whites, one for colors, and one for darks.
Cut Down on Fabric Softener & Dryer Sheets
Like I suggest above, buy in bulk and try out the store brand. If that scares you, I use a Bounce dryer bar and love the fact that I don’t have to buy dryer sheets. The bar lasts 3-6 months. If you’re a DIY or all-natural kind of girl, you can use vinegar or baking soda, instead of fabric softener. Better yet, you might decide not to use any fabric softener at all.
Stain Removal on the Cheap
Treat garments as soon as they are stained. Keep stain removers on hand and/or buy detergents that offer stain removal. With kids, there will always be juice, ketchup, grass, dirt, and mud stains to fight. Be armed and ready.
Dry Clean Only if Absolutely Positively Necessary
If you’re like me, you only buy easy to clean clothes (avoiding “dry clean only,” at all costs). Other ways to save on dry cleaning include wearing clothing more than once, price shopping, and using home dry cleaning kits.
Beware That Electricity Ain’t Cheap
If you’re using energy efficient appliances like front loading machines and washing most loads in cold water, you’re on your way to big savings on electricity. Other ways to reduce your power cost include hanging your laundry to air dry, selecting the appropriate load size and cycle, running the dryer back to back for maximum efficiency, cleaning your dryer’s lint filters after each load, properly loading the washer (don’t overfill), using the lowest setting/cycle possible in the washer, and adding a dry towel to a wet load to decrease drying time.
Whew! That was a lot.
There you have it! Six smart and easy ways to save money on laundry that don’t involve skipping it, wearing your clothes inside out, or skipping detergent all together.
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