Long gone are the days of doing my laundry once a week. Now the laundry pile seems never-ending and the cost is exorbitant. Chatelaine created a list of Eight Ways to Save Money on your Laundry and I have shortened the list below and added a few of my own.
- Use Cold Water. Using warm or hot water accounts for up to 90% of the laundry cost, so using cold water is the more economic option. However, sometimes you may need to use hot water to get those potty accident stains out.
- Use a clothes line or drying rack. Not using the dryer will save you money as well as it is a better option for the environment. If you live in an apartment, drying racks save on space as well as money. You can find inexpensive ones from Ikea or home furnishing stores.
- Use coupons. The cost of detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets can really add up, and they don’t always go on sale. Using coupons either from in store promotions or sites like P&G Saver can help cut down on the cost. It may only be $0.50 – $1.00 here and there, but over time, it really adds up.
- Make your own detergent. This may not be for everyone, but making your own detergent will be greener, both for the environment and your wallet. TLC Home has some great detergent recipes.
- Rewear your already worn clothes. My mother used to preach to me about putting clothes away that were only lightly worn. This doesn’t mean underwear, but if you wear a shirt or pants for a short period of time and they aren’t dirty, fold them up and put them away. This will cut back on the loads of laundry you will have to do.