Tips to Save Money on Laundry
Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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.