Looking to cut down on laundry expenses? I am always looking for more cost effective methods to get those soiled clothes clean over and over again. Here are some money saving tips to help reduce laundry expenses.
1. Check clothes first to make sure it is dirty. Often times we wear a suit of clothing for a short period and throw it to be washed even if its still clean.
2. Switch to a front load washer and dryer the next time you need to replace your old ones. These machines are more energy efficient than the top load machines saving you water, energy, and detergent. Although they are more expensive, over time the savings will be well worth it.
3. Wash only full loads. It takes the same amount of energy to wash half loads as it does full loads.
4. Wash on the shortest cycle according to how much clothes are soiled. For lightly soiled clothes use the short cycle and for moderate to heavily soiled clothes use the normal or heavy cycle.
7. Purchase store brand rather than the brand name. If you find it does not give the same cleaning power just add some baking soda.
8. Use vinegar instead of fabric softener. Add half a cup to the softener dispenser per each load of laundry. If you must have fabric softener then make your own.
9. Use baking soda instead of bleach to treat tough stains.
10. Use an outdoor line or an indoor drying rack to dry clothes instead of a clothes dryer.
11. If you do need to use a dryer be sure to keep it free of lint. This will allow the moist air to escape properly resulting in a slower drying cycle.
12. When using a dryer to dry clothes don't over fill it. This will reduce the ability for air to circulate well increasing drying time and energy usage.
13. Add a thick dry bath towel. This will help absorb moisture which will dry your clothes quicker thus using less energy.
14. Forget the iron. If you know what you are going to wear ahead of time, place the garment on the back of the bathroom door while you shower. The steam from the shower will smooth out the wrinkles.
15. If you do have to iron something place a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will help hold heat and allow you to iron more quickly.
Have you tried making your own laundry detergent? If so is it just as effective as the commercial variety?