If you’re looking for some ways to save money on laundry then this article can give you some pointers on the subject. The simple act of doing laundry can cost quite a bit of money. This’s even truer if you have a partner or a family. Saving money on laundry gives you more to spend on other things in your life.
1. Don’t Wash Half Loads
One way to save money on laundry is to not wash half loads. You’re spending money on water, electric and laundry supplies every time you turn your washer on. Wait until you have a full load before you start your washer. This means you’ll spend less time doing laundry, too. That’s always a good thing.
2. Reuse Fabric Softener Sheets
Fabric softener sheets can work for more than one load. I’ve been reusing fabric softener sheets for several years now. Instead of throwing them away after one use, I use them for two or three loads. They still work very effectively on the second or third round. This cuts the amount of fabric softener sheets I have to buy at least in half.
3. Wash It in Cold
A lot of your laundry can be washed in cold water. In fact, it may be a better choice for your clothing. Cold water is less likely to fade colors or cause shrinkage. Some things do need to be washed in hot water such as your towels or heavily soiled clothing. Other than that, most clothing will benefit from the change in temperatures.
4. Cut the Cost of Laundry Supplies
Laundry detergent, detergent booster, fabric softener and fabric softener sheets are expensive. You can save some money by using coupons on the products that you buy. There’re also a few other tricks to bring the prices of your laundry supplies down. See if the store you’re shopping at will price match the sale price of another store. Also, buying you laundry supplies in bulk can save you money.
5. Don’t Use More Detergent than You Need
Many times you’re probably doing your laundry in a hurry. You may be doing homework, getting ready for a date or cooking dinner while doing laundry at the same time. This can lead to you using more detergent than you actually need. Be careful not to go over in the amount of detergent you use. In fact, you can probably get by with using a little less than is actually recommended.
6. Line Dry Your Clothing
There’re a lot of things that don’t respond well to line drying. That list includes towels and jeans, for starters. But there’re things that’ll actually do better if they’re line dried. Good quality tops will usually do better being line dried as well as bras. Besides the benefit of stretching the life of your clothing, you’ll save money by not using the dryer.
7. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
This’s an option that can give you a big return in savings. It’s estimated that you can make your own laundry detergent for about one-fourth of the price of store bought detergent. Most recipes for homemade laundry detergent make a big batch so you don’t have to make it very often. Laundry detergent recipes usually only call for a few ingredients. You can easily find these recipes online.
These’re 7 ways you can save on laundry. How do you cut your laundry costs? I’d love to read your ideas.