A lot of money can be saved each year if we do some of the most simple things to live smarter. Some of those include how we do our laundry. Here are just a few of the ways you can save some bucks without much effort!
- Don’t do small loads. Have a laundry schedule so that you don’t end up in a situation where you need to hurry and wash a certain item. It wastes a lot of energy and money to do a whole load for just a few items.
- Fold laundry while it’s warm. This will lessen the chance that your clothes get wrinkled and you end up having to re-wash or iron your clothes. Simply set a timer or set your dryer to buzz when the clothes are dry. Plan to always be home at this time.
- Pre-treat stains or use a power pak booster. Finding stains after they come out of the dryer can mean ruined clothing and lots of lost $$$. I have ARM & HAMMER™ plus OxiClean™ Stainfighters Power PAKs laundry detergent handy because they are easy to throw in, I don’t have to measure anything, and because even if I choose to pre-treat stains, there seems to always be something that I missed! Plus, they have OxiClean already in them!
- Wear your clothes until they are actually dirty. I’m pretty good about doing this with my own clothes (I wear my jeans at least 3-5 times) but I have been guilty of doing the very opposite with my kid’s clothes and it really is such a waste of energy and money. When we put the kids to bed sometimes I am so exhausted I just throw their clothes in the dirty clothes without checking to see if they are actually dirty, or if they could be worn again before washing.
- Cut your dryer sheets in half, or better yet…use dryer balls! When we first got married I walked into the laundry room to notice that my dryer sheets had been cut in half! I thought it was a little odd, and my husband confessed to the act. He explained his mother had always done that, and that they work just the same if you only use half! Turns out he was right. We did that for several years, but most recently turned to wool dryer balls so that we don’t have to buy dryer sheets ever again.
- Hang dry near the end of the dryer cycle. If you are following the above counsel of folding your clothes while they are warm, you really don’t need to use the whole dryer cycle. As long as they are mostly dry, you can just hang them up in your closet to finish drying completely. This will save you lots of money over time.
- Teach your kids this trick. I heard from another mom that has her children tie the shirt sleeves or pant legs together if that particular item has a stain on it. It’s an easy way for mom to quickly see which items need attention before going into the wash!