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The Frugal Laundress: Saving Money on Doing Laundry

By Jessica Ackerman

There are creative ways to save money on nearly any expense in the home, and laundry is no different.  Doing laundry is an essential chore that cannot be overlooked, but the costs of doing laundry can really add up over time.  Electricity to power your washer and dryer, water, laundry detergent and bleach – all of these add up.  The following tips can help you to slash the cost of keeping your laundry clean:

  • Hang it on the line!  Many people are turning to drying their clothing, sheets, blankets and more the old-fashioned way – line drying.  Although this won’t work in the dead of the winter in most areas, it is a good way to save some money during the warm months of the year.  Stringing a clothesline up in the backyard gives you an instant place to hang your wet laundry, and on a warm summer day, it will dry – for free – within a few hours or less.  As an added bonus, you get some exercise in by hanging it out and taking it back down. 
  • Wash in cold water.  It might be necessary at times to use hot water to sterilize and sanitize clothing, such as when someone in the home is recuperating from a virus.  Other times it is perfectly okay to wash your clothing in cold water. This uses up less of your hot water and reduces the cost of washing a load of clothing. 
  • Don’t skimp on detergent.  Buying “cheap” detergent can save a few bucks on shopping day, but in reality, you will oftentimes need to use more detergent than you normally would just to get the same result. You can use around ½ of the amount of detergent recommended and still get your wash beautifully clean.  Many manufacturers recommend using more simply because they want you to buy more, soon! 
  • Add baking soda or peroxide to your wash.  For tough loads, nothing beats baking soda for taking out the rotten, musty smell of clothing that is super dirty or soiled.  Baking soda is a wonderful alternative to bleach and it also helps to make your washer smell good.  Use just a half-cup of baking soda for each extra dirty load in lieu of buying oxy powder for the wash.  Baking soda or peroxide is also useful for removing blood from clothing, providing that the stain has not been laundered before. 
  • Cut down on laundry.  Perhaps the best tip of all on how to save money on laundry costs is to cut down on the amount of laundry that you do.  A good place to start is towels.  Many people are accustomed to using two or three towels for each bath.  For a family of five, that could be as many as fifteen towels a day, some of them thick and hard to dry.  If you create a rule that towels must be used for three or more days (and assign each person their own towel color), you will reduce the amount of laundry that you have to do in the first place, thus saving money all the way around.  After all, towels are used to dry a body that just had a bath, so what’s the harm in the bather re-using their own towels?

These are just a few tips to reduce the cost of doing laundry.  With a little ingenuity and creativity, you can find unique ways to save your family money on “laundry day”. 

This article was written by Jessica Ackerman of - the best place to buy quality abstract wall clocks and wrought iron wall grilles.

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