Laundry – it's a necessary chore we all have to do (some of us more than others, LOL). Maybe you've often thought about ways to make the process easier (check out Organizing Your Way today for some super tips on this topic), but have you really thought about ways you can save money while doing it?
There are probably dozens of ways you can cut corners, but here are just a few quick and easy tips that will help you save a bundle over time.
Use the correct amount of detergent. I'm willing to wager that you're using a lot more detergent than necessary! Most people fill the cap to the natural fill line where it flares out, but if you look closely at the inside, the fill lines embossed inside the cap are well below this mark. Take a Sharpie marker and clearly define them so you know you're dispensing the proper amount every time. Do the same with your fabric softener if you use a liquid.
Cut your dryer sheets in half. If you use dryer sheets, you can make a box last twice as long by simply cutting them in half. Alyssa from Keeping the Kingdom First did a fabulous vlog about this tip several months ago. This actually works! You clothes will be just as soft, static-free, and clean-smelling by using only half.
Wash your clothes in cold water. I'm sure you've heard this one before, but it really does save a lot of money. Estimates are that an average family can save up to $70 a year just by switching. This may not be a viable option if you have small children because some stains are next to impossible to remove in cold water, but you can opt to use cold water whenever possible.
Use a shorter cycle. Unless your clothes are heavily soiled, there's no reason to wash them any longer than that. Shorter cycles equal less energy used, so that adds up! Save the longer wash cycles for the extra dirty clothing.
Hang your clothes up to dry. This is another tip that may not work for everyone, but if you have the room in your laundry area, hanging your clothes up to dry or using drying racks will help you save on your energy bill as well. Unfortunately, I don't have the room for this, and our housing association bylaws don't allow clothes lines.
And finally one bonus tip for any drycleaning you may have:
Use an in-home drycleaning solution like Dry Cleaners Secret. Dry cleaning can be expensive! A product like Dry Cleaner's Secret allows you to spot clean as need and then just toss your dry cleaning into the dryer. They come out smelling fresh and clean and wrinkle free. See their site to find out how you can get a sample pack that will clean up to four garments for just the price of shipping ($2.99)!
So there you have it – employing simple and easy tips like these can save you big bucks over the long term!
Do you have any other simple tips for saving money on laundry? I'm completely open to new ideas on how to save on this never-ending task of mine.