Tips to Save Money on Laundry
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Tips to Save Money on Laundry

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Try these tips before you buy your next bottle of laundry detergent or bleach.  There are many ways to save money on laundry.Laundry can seem like a never-ending chore. Many families find that they need to do some laundry more than once a week. The detergent you use, and the electricity and water that are required for washing and drying clothing, can end up costing a lot of money. Here are some tips to help you save money on the cost of doing your laundry.

How to Save on the Cost of Laundry

Brighten a load of white laundry (socks, underwear, etc) with lemon juice. Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a normal sized load. This allows you to buy a less expensive laundry detergent, that doesn’t say it brightens white clothing, and still get the results you are looking for.

Do you prefer to use bleach instead of a laundry detergent that can brighten white clothing? Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry (along with the usual amount of bleach). The baking soda will increase the effectiveness of the bleach.

Use half the amount of the laundry detergent that your family uses. Replace the “missing half” baking soda. This tip helps you to stretch out that bottle (or box) of laundry detergent.

Sprinkle baking soda in your laundry hamper every day. It will help cut down on the odor that the dirty clothes produce while they are waiting to be washed. You might be able to get away with using a little less laundry detergent (since the odor has been reduced).

Got a grease stain that just won’t come out? Try this! Pretreat those stains with a baking soda paste. Slather it onto the stain. Wash that piece of clothing as you typically would. This tip could help prevent the need to purchase a stain remover.

Tipnut has a recipe for making your own laundry detergent. You will need:

* Hot water
* 1 bar of Ivory Soap (4.5 ounces) (grated)
* 1 cup of Washing Soda

Get a large saucepan. Add grated soap and enough hot water to cover it. Heat over medium-low heat while stirring until the soap melts. Put 2.5 gallons of hot water into a pail. Add the mixture, and stir until it is well mixed. Then, add the washing soda, and stir some more. Let it cool. Use 1/2 cup per full load of laundry.

You can lower your electricity bill if you choose to use your dryer less often. Those of you with room in your backyard can put up a clothesline. Let the sun and warm weather dry your clothing for you. Another alternative is to put a clothing rack in your bathtub, and hang clothing there to dry.

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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.