How to Save Money on Laundry
Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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!