Practical ways to live better on less.
Laundry: it’s a necessary expense which can sneakily add up over the course of the year. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to lower your monthly and yearly expenses. Take a look at the following budget friendly laundry tips and be sure to share a few of your own.
15 Tips to Save on your Laundry Expenses
1. Hand wash in the sink. Not only does washing in the sink save money, it actually helps to prevent delicate items from losing their shape. If you look on the tag, many of your clothing items probably say hand wash only. Washing a few items in the sink as opposed to using a whole washing cycle will save you some money and keep your clothing look new.
2. Hang to dry. The mostly costly laundry expense is typically the drying of the clothes. Laying clothes flat to dry also helps prevent clothing from stretching out or shrinking. You benefit in 2 ways: you maintain your clothing and you save money. I always hand wash workout clothes right after my workout. It helps sports bras keep their shape and makes the clothing readily available before my next workout.
3. Buy the biggest size of detergent available. Detergent is one of those staple supplies that you are always going to need. Buying a larger size is always the better deal. If you check under the price tag in the store, you will notice that the bigger size always has a cheaper price per ounce. You are going to end up using it over the course of several months, so you aren’t wasting money. Plus, it means less trips to the store!
4. Make your own detergent. You can find numerous recipes online to make your own batch of detergent. It won’t save you a lot of money upfront, however, the savings will accumulate over time.
5. Use baking soda as a stain booster. Sometimes the most powerful products are those already sitting in your pantry. Baking soda is cheap, natural, and effective. Use it in place of pricey chemical boosters. You can buy a huge box of baking soda for $2 at Wal-Mart.
6. Don’t be a slob. Eat carefully – the less you spill on your clothes, the easier your laundry will be! It’s that simple! Practice good manners. Don’t eat while watching TV.
7. Dress in layers. You will have less laundry by following this simple strategy. For example, you will not have to wash your bulky sweater if you wear a t-shirt underneath. Since bulky items take up a lot of laundry space, this can save you some money and prevent laundry from piling up too quickly.
8. Use towels more than once. A towel is just used to dry yourself off after you clean yourself in the shower. Therefore, it does not need to be washed after every single shower. This is really throwing your money away, not to mention wasting a lot of time! Just stretch it out to let it dry completely or let it dry in the sun.
9. If you decide not to wear something, hang it back up. Don’t create more laundry for yourself by throwing unworn clothes into the hamper.
10. Buy darker wardrobe pieces. Lighter clothing shows stains more and is much more costly and time consuming to clean. Darker clothing tends to hold up longer.
11. Avoid dry cleaning unless absolutely necessary. Dry cleaning is a wasted expense. Why pay to clean something that will get dirty again as soon as you wear it? If necessary, use an at home product like Dryel. Save the professional dry cleaning for special occasions.
12. Don’t overuse detergent. Most people assume that using more detergent will get their clothes clean. Just fill it to the line. Adding more won’t make the stains come out, only pre-treating will do so. Attack stains right away – do not wait til later. Treat the stain right away for the best chance of removal. If you wait too long, you may lose a garment.
13. Purchase an energy efficient washer and dryer. It’s a pricey upfront cost, however, over time the savings will start to dramatically add up.
14. Avoid the laundromat. Laundromats are pricey and time consuming. Find a relative or friend who has laundry facilities for you to use and/or start saving up to buy your own equipment.
15. Wash in cold water. Hot water doesn’t get your clothes any cleaner. Save on energy expenses by using a cold water cycle. If you do a lot of laundry, this can save you over the course of a year as using hot water for laundry is one of the major energy expenses.
Share your best tips for reducing your laundry expenses!