The laundry room is usually the last place people think about saving money, but there are so many ways to be frugal. When it comes to cleaning your clothes, here are some ways to prevent your money from going down the tubes.
1. Air dry more often. Use your dryer less often by hanging your clothes on a clothing line. I find that my clothes dry quicker and smell fresher when I let them dry outside. If this isn’t an option, purchase a drying rack that come in handy during cold weather. Using your dryer less often will save you money and will also extend the life of your dryer.
2. Only do full loads. Wait until you can do full loads since this will help you save on energy and detergent. Plus, you’ll end up doing laundry less often.
3. Wash your clothes in cold water. Hot water has to be heated and that’s extra energy that you’re paying for. Unless clothing is extremely dirty or greasy, cold water gets your clothing equally as clean.
4. Wear items more than once. At the end of the day, check to see if your clothing actually needs to be washed before throwing it in the laundry. Not everything needs to be washed after wearing it once. Work clothes can be worn more than once if you swap them for sweatpants and a t-shirt when you get home. Other items that can be used more than once are pajamas, jeans and towels. Plus, washing clothing less helps them last longer.
5. Use shorter washing cycles. Most washers offer lots of options. Unless your clothing needs the heavy-duty cycle because of stains, use the shorter cycle. Make it easy by separating your loads by how dirty they are so you only use the heavy cycle when you really need to. The shorter cycle reduces the use of energy and it helps prevent wear and tear on your clothing.