9 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

Laundry may not immediately come to mind when you think about saving money, but the way you do your laundry can seriously impact your expenses (especially your electric and energy bills!) Don’t let laundry break the bank.  Simply changing some basic laundry habits will conserve money and help clothing last longer.

Consider these tips and make laundry easy, economical, and environmentally friendly.

Opt for Cold Water

When you wash your clothes with hot water, roughly 85 percent of the energy used goes into heating the water. Switch to cold water to eliminate additional energy usage and avoid clothing shrinkage.

Dry Clothes Naturally

Take advantage of free solar energy! Utilize the warm weather by hanging wet clothing outside to dry. Eliminating dryer cycles conserves energy and leaves clothes smelling naturally fresh. Drying racks and clothing lines have minimal upfront costs and offer many outdoor drying possibilities.

Run Full Loads

A half load of laundry may use less water, but it still requires the same amount of energy as a full load. Get the most bang for your buck by loading your washing machine to capacity.

Skimp on the Softener

When it comes to softener, it’s not just the cost that adds up.  Softener can result in a film buildup that damages washing appliances and decreases their life spans.  Add softener minimally and refrain from using it when possible.  White vinegar and baking soda are great alternatives to store-bought softener.    

Throw in the Towel

Put a towel in the dryer to cut drying time in half. The additional towel absorbs the water from clothing and allows you to double the amount of clothing dried per dryer cycle.

Double your Dryer Sheets

Cut dryer sheets in half to double their usage. This concept can be applied to detergent and cleaning products as well. Make it a goal to use half of the recommended amount of detergent. Your clothing will still be thoroughly cleaned, and you will successfully maximize your laundry products.

Concoct Cleaning Products

Browse the web for simple homemade detergent, softener, and stain remover recipes.  Most likely, the items needed to create cleaning products are sitting around your house!

Go Generic

If making your own cleaning products proves difficult or unappealing, buy generic. Go green and consider non-toxic and biodegradable products.

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