Laundry is one of those necessary chores we have to do in adulthood, and it can be so expensive. Here’s a list of ways how you can save money on laundry.
Buy quality over quantity. If you are replacing items in your wardrobe, pay attention to where they are wearing. Is it the washing that has thinned and faded out your clothes? Is it in the knees or another area from certain repetitive movements? Seek out quality pieces that will last longer.
Do you wash your clothing after every wear? Do you need to? Each wash helps break down your clothing fibres, causing your clothes to fall apart faster. See if you can re-wear any clothing an extra time or two to minimize the wash damage.
Hanging your clothes to dry is a lot easier on the fibres than putting clothes in the dryer with heat. Try a hanging clothes rack or a folding rack instead. You will also save on hydro or gas used to run your dryer.
Does your utility company charge a premium during the day? Some utility companies charge less for hydro during the evening or on weekends. See if you can fit your laundry schedule around the reduced rates.
Do you have a hard time estimating how much soap to use? Inside the cap are very faint lines and it’s easy to use more than we need. The packaging often tells us how much to use, and the average load of laundry requires filling to the second line or more. When your bottle says 32 loads, and you measure to the second fill line, you are actually getting only 16 loads. That’s a big difference! Try using to the first fill line, and see how your laundry cleans. We usually need less than we think, and if your laundry cleans well without extra, then go for it.
If you are not a fan of liquid or powder soap, or if you want to make sure you get the same number of loads as the packaging advertises, try using pre-measured tabs. I like using tabs because one is always enough.
Quit buying laundry soap! Products are now available that will replace laundry soap and clean your clothing without using chemicals. This laundry ball has great reviews and says its environmentally friendly.
Save on dryer sheets. I’m sure you’ve heard the tip of cutting them in half and using only one-half per load. How about cutting out dryer sheets completely? Try these cute hedgehogs or sheep instead.
Laundry softener and dryer sheets also affect your towel’s absorbency. Skip the extra on the towels, and you will skip the cost as well.
Maintenance! Just like your car, your laundry machines need maintenance. Clean your washer out regularly to reduce any mould or mildew, especially if it’s a front loader. You can use Affresh or throw a dishwasher tab in a hot cycle. Some washers have a cleaning cycle as well. Your dryer will also need the vent cleaned regularly as well. Run the vacuum on the vent, and the filter, monthly to get any excess lint out.
Try out these tips while you are washing your whites and sorting out the darks. Yes, sorting will help you keep your clothes the colour they were meant to be! Let us know if you have used any of these products, or if you prefer a different product not featured here.
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