Five Simple Money-Saving Laundry Tips
Laundry -- we do a LOT of it, and so of course we are always looking for simple ways to save money on it. So here are just a few simple laundry savings tips:
Use the correct amount of detergent. I’m willing to wager that you’re using a lot more detergent than necessary! Most people fill the cap to the natural fill line where it flares out, but if you look closely at the inside, the fill lines embossed inside the cap are well below this mark. Take a Sharpie marker and clearly define them so you know you’re dispensing the proper amount every time. Do the same with your fabric softener if you use a liquid.
Cut your dryer sheets in half. If you use dryer sheets, you can make a box last twice as long by simply cutting them in half. Alyssa did a fabulous vlog about this tip last year. This actually works! You clothes will be just as soft, static-free, and clean-smelling by using only half.
Wash your clothes in cold water. I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it really does save a lot of money. Estimates are that an average family can save up to $70 a year just by switching. This may not be a viable option if you have small children because some stains are next to impossible to remove in cold water, but you can opt to use cold water whenever possible.
Use a shorter cycle. Unless your clothes are heavily soiled, there’s no reason to wash them any longer than that. Shorter cycles equal less energy used, so that adds up! Save the longer wash cycles for the extra dirty clothing.
Hang your clothes up to dry. This is another tip that may not work for everyone, but if you have the room in your laundry area, hanging your clothes up to dry or using drying racks will help you save on your energy bill as well. Unfortunately, I don’t have the room for this, and our housing association bylaws don’t allow clothes lines.
Do you have any other simple tips for saving money on doing laundry?