Laundry. It’s one of those chores that is never-ending in our house. The second I throw the last load of laundry into the wash, I usually come around the corner to find a pair of Monkey Boy’s socks hiding under the coffee table. They are there to mock me, I am sure of it.
I usually do a load of laundry a day, depending on what sports the kids are in at the time–which I think is pretty average. Even with an average amount, laundry costs can add up. So, here’s 10 ways to save some moolah on laundry:
- Make your own detergent.
- Make your own fabric softener.
- Choose the shortest wash cycle possible for your clothes. It will save money on electricity, and unless your clothes are really dirty, they don’t need the extra time.
- Wash in cold.
- Hang your clothes to dry.
- Do only full loads of laundry. You’ll be using the electricity either way, might as well get the most out of it.
- Make sure to clean your lint trap after each load. It will make your dryer more efficient.
- Don’t wash as often. Use your towel a couple of days in a row. Wear your jeans more than once, etc.
- Don’t buy dry clean only clothing. Dry cleaning adds up quickly. If possible, spend the money to get high-end machine wash dress shirts instead. It will save you money in the long run.
- Don’t want to make your own detergent? Use half the recommended amount to stretch it out.
How do YOU stretch your laundry budget?