There are many hidden expenses that seem to deplete income, and laundry is one of these expenditures. This expense is often forgotten when budgeting, and then treated as a necessary evil. However, there are opportunities to save money on laundry, which puts more money in your pocket. This article outlines five of the best ways that you can save money on laundry.
Less is more with detergent
Psychologically, people believe that the more detergent they use, the cleaner the clothes become. The result of this flawed thinking is that often, people use much more detergent than they need. You can start saving your money by cutting back on the amount of detergent that you use. A drastic reduction of 50% of your laundry detergent, can still result in a clean load of washing and will make your detergent last twice as long.
Make sure to wash full loads
It is easy to do half a load or even quickly wash a few essential items when you have a laundry emergency. However, this will lead to an unnecessary increase in costs incurred. Running a washing machine requires basic electricity and water. You will use more or less the same amount of these basics whether you complete a full load or a half load.
It is, therefore, cost effective to wash a full load every time you need to do laundry.
Use cold water as often as possible
Unless you have been rolling around in mud or using your clothes to mop up the grease, your clothes are unlikely to be exceptionally dirty. How water is ideal for getting rid of stubborn stains and for washing bed sheets, washcloths, and towels, or clothing that may have bacteria. For regular, everyday laundry, cold water will work just fine. By using cold water, you will save on the electricity costs of heating up the water.
Leave out the fabric softener
Yes, it gives your clothes that freshly laundered smell, and yes, it may feel as though you can feel added layers of softness on your clothes, but fabric softener is not necessary when doing laundry. A good rinse will make sure all detergent has been washed off which will naturally make clothes softer. An excellent substitute that can be used once in a while is adding approximately half a cup of baking soda to the laundry when rinsing.
Excellent solution for dry cleaning savings
Getting your clothes professionally dry cleaned is great, but the costs can add up, especially if you have a large number of clothes that require dry cleaning. There are numerous at-home dry cleaning kits that are available today. These are guaranteed to give you almost equal results as your regular dry cleaner, at a fraction of the cost.
Perhaps you have never considered how much you spend on your laundry until now. Take a moment to calculate your current laundry expenses. By practicing these five laundry savings methods, you will find that by the end of the year, you have significantly cut down on laundry costs.