Laundry is one of the biggest chores for a mom. Cause you can’t get it done without her, right? So let’s save a few dollars while we do it! Here are 5 ways for you to save money on laundry.
1. Use Cold Water
The cold cycle setting is your friend! Most loads of laundry really don’t have to be washed with hot water. And, every cent counts on your bills! So, whenever you can use the cold setting instead of hot or warm. Using it along with the delicate setting can also help your clothes last longer too. Since they’re not being tossed around as much in the washer, they won’t get as worn out and you won’t have to buy new ones as often. Win-win!
2. Wash Full Loads
Make sure you’re filling up the washer before you start it. Maybe this is a no-brainer, but I used to be too scared to overfill that I was actually not filing the washer enough. Then I would have to do two loads when I could’ve only done one! I know there are times where you have to do a load anyway, but if you can wait ’til you’re hamper is really full to wash, then it will save you in the long run. Especially if you have to pay for your laundry with quarters, you’ll save more with a full load. Just make sure you have enough underwear to last you while you are waiting for the hamper to fill up!
3. Laundry Detergent Coupons
I’ve found that there is almost always a coupon for laundry detergent, so just take a second and look through the paper or online for one. I’ve found a lot of coupons here. If you don’t like using coupons, then just check if a store has it on sale, most likely it will be on a sale somewhere! And, if you’re not sensitive to which kind of detergent to use, then just get whatever is on sale or cheaper with a coupon.
4. Dry for Free
If you have a yard, porch, balcony, or anywhere outside that you hang your clothes to dry, do it! It may take a little bit of time to hang out your clothing, but it’s free! I can’t hang much because I live in an apartment with a small balcony. But I still manage to hang my white clothes, rags, and kitchen towels on drying racks inside. They dry overnight and are ready to be folded and put away in the morning, and I’ve saved some cash on a dryer load!
5. Wool Dryer Balls
If you have to use the dryer, then include wool dryer balls. These are total game changers! They help your clothes dry by soaking up more of the moisture in the dryer as it goes. They have really helped me cut down on drying time and therefore cut down on money. Dryer balls are not expensive and most can be used for 300+ loads, that’s a lot of laundry! If you like essential oils, you can also put some oil drops on the balls and you’ll have your own reusable “dryer sheets.”
Okay, those are my tips, but what about you? How do you save on laundry or around the house?