Let’s talk about how to save money on laundry and find the tricks to reduce your spending when it comes to it, shall we?
According to sources in this country a family of four averages 300 loads of laundry a year! This counts for 15-40% of water usage in the household!
Now, this has to be a good reason for you to keep on reading and learn how to save money on laundry.
I used to always amaze myself with how much money I saved on laundry. Of course, that was years ago, let’s fast forward to now and add three little boys to the three we used to be, and that ultimately changed.
Saving money is my favorite thing to do, doing laundry is not; but finding ways on how to save money on laundry sure is one of my favorite things.
When I say save money on laundry, this includes electricity because I am conscious of making sure our electric bill stays as low as possible. This goes for my water bill and my laundry supply list.
Also making sure that how I washed my clothes is prolonging them too since many times we tend to wash clothes the wrong way which damages them. And this my friends end up costing us more money on clothes.
So, when you want to save money on laundry, you need to make sure you include saving on everything else, is my take.
You can’t make homemade laundry products, then run the washer on the most extended cycle, using the extreme hot water setting because you are not saving money, my friends.
Again, if you want to save money on laundry, then you need to reduce other costs as well; you better do it like a BOSS!
Many people use homemade detergents; others, like myself, don’t. The point of this post is to help you reduce the cost of your laundry in any way possible.
However, not everything mentioned here might work for your situation. Remember, it's all about what works for you! Finances vary from person to person.
Below you will find helpful ways on how to save money on laundry. Not only will these tips help you save money but will show you how you are wasting time and energy doing laundry too!
How to Save Money on Laundry (LIKE A BOSS!)
Wash on full loads
I'm going to be honest here; I completely dislike seeing loads “wasted.” What does that mean? It means when I walk into my laundry room and see that the load consists of a few garments and the washer tub is not even filled to capacity!
That is a waste of water, power, and a waste of detergent. It's also a waste of money on many levels; it makes me cry.
To keep the cost of your laundry low, simply wash when you have a full load of laundry to do. This will bring your cost down and also save you time on doing multiple loads.
Do your laundry using cold water
I don't want to hear that my detergent prevents me from using cold water. No, no. In today's world, detergents are created to use on cold water to save on energy; so you will be OK.
In the rare circumstances, you can't use cold water, I understand, but think about how much money you are saving when you use cold water.
Your machine won't have to work extra to warm up your water for your laundry. Seriously, this will bring the cost of laundry down.
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Use the shortest cycle
It will still clean your laundry, I tried it, and it has worked; unless your clothing is filthy. Using the shortest cycle will help you reduce your cost of doing laundry for lightly soiled clothing.
It will also reduce the amount of water and energy you are using while doing laundry.
Measure the amount of detergent
Seriously, I think I waste too much soap, either because I don't measure correctly, or I decide that more is better and the honest truth is that it is draining my money.
Most of us use way too much detergent, thinking it will make our clothes cleaner. The reality is that we are spending money while preventing your laundry machine from working correctly.
Your clothing will be left feeling soapy, which will ruin your clothes, costing you money.
Adding too much detergent might also damage your machine's sensors. Today's detergents are concentrated, so you don't have to use a lot.
If you continue to overuse detergent on your load, you are going to waste money on detergent and, possibly, future machine repairs.
Skip the dryer
Nothing wrong with line drying your clothes my friend! Nothing! Take advantage of the warm weather and line dry your clothes.
If you are indoor dry them indoors then. Another important thing is that line drying will extend the life of your clothes. Think about!
Now, this is a great tip you should remember, try washing your clothes before 4 pm or after 7 pm. The reason why is that many energy companies have peak hours and by avoiding these peak hours you will be saving money.
During the winter wash your clothes late at night since the demand for electricity is high during the morning.
Now during the summer, the demand for electricity peaks in the afternoon due to the heat this means that doing laundry during the early morning will save you money.
Clean the dryer’s lint trap
Always clean the dryer lint trap after each cycle and the reason why is to improve the air circulation of your dryer.
This will also allow your dryer to work better and waste less electricity.
Use the moisture sensor mode
Many new dryers come with moisture sensor mode which ends the drying cycle when the clothes are dry instead of continuing running for an exact time.
Using the moisture sensor mode on your dryer will reduce the time you spend doing laundry and save you money too.
To save money on laundry, you have to remember that the time you do your laundry, the amount of laundry you use, the water temperatures are very important. Of course, there are many other ways to save money on laundry such as using Energy-saving washer and dryer and using homemade detergent.