3 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

Save money and the environment by reducing your laundry cost

No one enjoys laundry day. No one. But we'd all probably hate it just a little less if we knew that we could save money on our laundry cost every week. Once you discover how easy it is to modify your laundry routine, you won't dread that day of the week (or days of the week). Here are three ways to save money on laundry every time you throw in a load.

Wear it again

No, I’m not suggesting that you to turn your delicates inside out and wear them multiple times before washing. But some less intimtae items of clothing don’t need a thorough scrubbing every time they touch your body. Unless you're working out or gardening in them, it's acceptable to wear your jeans two or three times (or more!) before you wash them. If you're only sporting an outfit for an event or outing that is only a few hours long, you can “afford” to wait one more jaunt about town before throwing it in the washer.

Wait until you have a full load

Now that you are washing only the truly dirty items of clothing (and even if you’re not), wait until you have a full load before turning on the washing machine. According to Michael Bluejay, an electricity expert also known as Mr. Electricity, a top load washing machine uses about 40 gallons of water per cycle and front load washers use 10 to 24 gallons of water per cycle. Clearly, front load washing machines are more efficient, but either way, waiting until you have a full load before doing your laundry will save you money on water and heating. This idea is also perfect for those who are stuck with coin-operated laundry machines. Waiting until you have a full load of laundry before using the coin-operated laundry machines will spare you the effort of constantly looking for spare change.

Make your own laundry detergent

Laundry detergent can get pretty expensive, even more so if you don’t trust the “generic” brands. But you can avoid spending money on expensive laundry detergent by simply making your own. Making your laundry detergent out of glycerin bar soap, borax, washing soda and your favorite fragrances at home is easy and practical. By making your own laundry detergent at home, you'll be able to control what goes into it, customize with the fragrances you enjoy and you can buy the ingredients in bulk — which will save you money. And, as a bonus, you'll be sparing the environment all those plastic laundry detergent bottles.

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