There are seven in our household so I am always on the hunt for Ways to Save Money on Laundry. Some ways are very obvious. I do have to admit that sometimes I need a refresher, ha ha. Laundry has become quite an issue as far as the budget. Our water as well as our gas and electric have been through the roof lately. I had my son do some research for ways for us to help with saving on our laundry. I thought all of you would appreciate these 10 Ways to Save Money on Laundry.
10 Ways to Save Money on Laundry
1. Use Colder Water – I hate handling cold, wet clothes just as much as the next person; I would honestly skip out on that torture any day, but that is the only negative of washing your clothes with cold water. Studies have shown that roughly 80-90% of the energy you put into washing machine is put into making that water hot. Something a lot of people don’t realize is that your water doesn’t have to be boiled over the magma of Krakatoa to clean your clothes. In fact, most detergents made in this day-and-age are specifically formulated to work in colder water.
2. Wash Less – Interpret this as you will; is it saying “wash your clothes less often,” or “wash less things?” The truth is, either one is a viable way to save. Washing less often, believe it or not, does not turn you into a slob or a pig; as long as you are a moderately sanitary person. Wearing that pair of jeans twice or three times isn’t going to put an inch-thick layer of grime on your legs. On the other end of the spectrum, washing less things is simply less taxing on your washer. Washing less saves energy and detergent. Also it will save your washer from an early demise, which would put your budget back a lot.
3. Line Dry – Some of us look at line drying as an outdated, inefficient method of getting our clothes dry; others look at it and think “Why did we stop doing this?” In reality, line drying is an extremely trustworthy, time-tested method of drying your various garments (I mean, it lasted well into the 1930s, a good decade or two after we made the first washing machines, right?). Find a nice breezy or hot day in your local forecast, and reserve that day for hanging up laundry.You don’t need a spacious backyard to hang up a line; you can easily find a place in your house that you don’t mind getting a little damp and buy a drying rack or hang up a short clothes line indoors. An added bonus to line drying is that it’s entirely energy independent.
4. Bulk Buy – For those of us who don’t want to change the daily routine all that much, you could buy detergent in mass amounts. When I say this, I don’t mean you should go out and buy 37 things of detergent individually; I’m saying stock up for the amount you will need using a coupon combined with a sale. Be sure to purchase enough to hold you over until the next sale. Now you are prepared for the next couple months of laundry and saved from using your coupon with a sale. Oh, the wonders of buying with coupons.
5. Skip Ironing – Ironing eats up a lot of energy, which drives up the energy bill, and no one wants to add a lot of money to their bill just because they wanted to wrinkle-free their shirts quick. In reality, you can get the wrinkles out of your shirt, and without needlessly pushing your energy bill through the roof. Just hang your clothes in a steamy area (Say, your bathroom while you’re taking a warm shower); the steam naturally gets the wrinkles out. Some Europeans actually have a small room in their house next to their boiler, called an airing cupboard, where you could do something similar to this.
6. Vinegar Softener – Fabric softener is rather expensive, this is a given fact of life; the sky will always be blue, rivers will always flow downstream, and you’ll always feel cheated when you buy fabric softener. However, while fabric softener will always be pricey, you don’t have to buy it; just purchase some white vinegar. White vinegar is an extremely effective substitute for fabric softener; just get a cap full of vinegar in there and your set. Thankfully, despite the oppressive smell of vinegar, your clothes will actually come out smelling like any other load, if not that; they’ll smell even cleaner.
7. Shake Out Your Clothes – As weird as it sounds; try shaking your clothes out before tossing them into the dryer. When you shake your clothes out, you stretching it out a small bit(Nothing harmful to the clothes, thankfully). When you stretch your wet shirt out; your allowing more of the wet fabric to be exposed to the warm air of your dryer, getting your clothes dry quicker. This lets you get your clothes out quicker; saving you time, money, and energy.
8. Avoid Dry-Cleaning – The dry cleaners can eat your wallet 3 times over and still have room for seconds. I know it’s a necessary evil that must exist in your life; but you can easily save yourself some money by avoiding clothes that can only be dry-cleaned. If you must keep buying dry-clean-only garments, you could always start by only dry cleaning what absolutely must be dry cleaned. Launder delicate items at home by hand-washing. Simply use some mild soap with some cold water to clean your clothes before laying them out flat, somewhere, for them to dry.
9. Less Detergent – You’ve heard it everywhere twice, but it really can’t be emphasized enough; try using less detergent. If you use too much detergent in one load, you run the risk of causing permanent damage to your clothes. However, I trust most of us are rational human beings, so I’m going to assume we all don’t use buckets of detergent for our loads. But, if your using the recommended amount of detergent; you don’t even need to use that much unless your clothes have picked up a stain or two. Bottom line, if your clothes aren’t laced with mud and dirt, you can use a little less detergent.
10. Purchase a Good Washer – While it is a big investment, a modern washing machine and dryer can save you a lot of money in the long run. New machines have some of the most amazing features that can save you boat-loads of money; sensors that’ll stop your dryer when your clothes are dry, tons of water-saving features, etc. My personal advice, get a Energy Star-certified combo, these are the ones that’ll save you the most money in the long run.