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How to Save Money on Laundry

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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There are things that everyone would rather spend their money on than laundry, so why not save as much money on laundry as possible? Try these tips!Laundry. It’s something we all have to do, because let’s face it, we all stink up our socks and stain our white shirts. And if you’ve ever stopped to calculate the cost of doing laundry – buying detergent, running the washer and dryer, or feeding the laundromat the last of your quarters – then you are well aware of the costliness of laundry. There are things that everyone would rather spend their money on, so why not save as much money on laundry as possible?

How to Save on Laundry

Saving on Detergent

Nowadays the choices in the laundry detergent aisle can be slightly overwhelming (and many of them quite costly). So, instead of spending a lot of money on a fancy scented-supercharged-stain-fighting-detergent, go with one of these more cost-effective options:

  • Buy the store brand detergents. They are usually much cheaper than the name brands and get the job done just as well.
  • Buy powdered detergent. Powdered detergent is usually even cheaper than the store brand liquid detergent. If you have issues with powder residue on your laundry, then add the detergent and water before adding your laundry.
  • Make your own detergent. For the most cost-effective laundry detergent, try making your own. Learn how here.
  • Replace fabric softener with baking soda. Just add a 1/4 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle of your laundry to soften and deodorize.


Saving on Washing

Unless you buy a new outfit for every day, then washing clothes is a fact of life. Here’s how you can save money on washing your clothes:

  • Always wait to run the washer until you have a full load of laundry. You’ll use less water and energy by stretching your laundry further.
  • Wash with cold water. A large portion of your laundry energy expense goes into heating water for hot water loads so switching to cold water will help you save money. I’ve also personally found that cold water is more gentle on my clothes, making them last longer. Instead of relying on hot water to disinfect your clothes, try adding white vinegar to your laundry.
  • If you’re washing lightly soiled laundry, then choose the shortest wash cycle to cut back on energy usage.
  • Lastly, if you’re in the market for a new washing machine anytime soon be sure to consider a front-load washer. These can save tons of money on your water bill!


Saving on Drying

There’s not a lot you can do to save money on drying your clothes, but you can shave a little off your energy bill by following these guidelines:

  • Hang dry smaller loads of laundry. Hang drying is also better for your clothes, making them last longer.
  • Keep your lint trap clean to ensure efficient drying cycles.
  • Opt for an Energy Star labeled dryer.


Saving at the Laundromat

If you do your laundry at the laundromat, you can still save big bucks by following these guidelines for doing laundry. Remember to buy store brand detergents (or make your own), run only full loads of laundry, and skip the dryer when you can. You’ll soon find yourself making less trip to the laundromat and spending much less on keeping your clothes fresh and clean!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.