We all have to do laundry, but it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to have clean clothes. Doing laundry is more expensive than most people realize. We do laundry so frequently that even getting a small saving per load, could end up saving you a lot of money.
There are many simple things you can do to cut the cost of doing laundry. When you have more members in your household, it adds up to even bigger savings. Save money on laundry with these tips!
1Maximize Your Washing Loads
The electricity used to fill, agitate, and drain the washer is essentially the same, whether it's a full or partial load. The same goes for rotating the drum on the dryer. Save money by washing and drying more than just one pair of socks!
2Adjust Your Settings
Wash your clothes at a lower setting. Try drying on lower heat. Every load of laundry doesn't require elaborate settings. Also, the spin cycle exists to get the excess water out of your clothes. If you spin your clothes twice, you can reduce the drying time.
3Save On Laundry Products
Remember that the companies who make laundry detergent want you to use more than necessary so that you'll have to purchase more. Experiment with using less laundry soap. You'll probably find you can use half as much.
Additionally, there are many online "recipes" for making your own detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners. These are a fraction of the cost of grocery store laundry soaps. Also, using half of a dryer sheet is usually sufficient. Experiment to see what works best for you.
4Use Cold Water
While hot water works a little better, it costs more. The biggest cost of doing laundry comes from heating the water. You can save a bundle by choosing to go with cold water.
5Minimize Using The Dryer
Do you have space to air-dry your clothes or hang them on the clothesline outside? If you can avoid using a dryer, you can save approximately $100 each year. You will save money on your electric or gas bill, and your clothes will last longer. The heat and tumbling in the dryer damage your clothing.
6Clean Your Dryer Trap
Excess lint will trap moisture in the dryer. This will cause your clothes to take longer to dry. The sooner the dryer shuts off, the less money it'll cost you.
7Wash Your Clothes Less Often
Some individuals have jobs outdoors or those that require manual labor. But many others have jobs where they can avoid getting dirty or sweating excessively. As long as you haven't soiled your clothing, consider wearing items more than once between washes.
8Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
Washers and dryers differ by brand. Some washing machines will handle larger loads and use less water. While there are some that use much less energy. Sometimes, these higher efficiency units cost more, but the savings is worth it in the end.
Washing clothes is a chore that many perform on an almost daily basis. That's why it's so important to cut costs wherever possible. Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra $300 a year to spend on something more entertaining than laundry? Help the environment and your family's budget by applying these cost-saving tips, whenever you do laundry.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut or as she likes to call them Thing 1 and Thing 2.