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Five Easy Ways to Save on Laundry

And none of them require you to make your own detergent! I have nothing against the perfect detergent recipe; I’m simply too lazy to bother and, well…stuck in my old ways, I guess.

Here are 5 simple tips that require only minor habit changes:

  1. Use cold water for absolutely everything. I realize hot water makes us feel like better cleaning is taking place, but today’s advanced detergents can handle the chill. Heating water is still one of the biggest power-sucks in your house, and that washer is mighty large.
  2. Wash loads when they’re full. This one’s pretty easy at our house. :) But really, no sense in running the washer (even with less water) if you can’t get your spin cycle’s worth every time.
  3. Use 1/2 the prescribed detergent dosage. I have to credit my mother-in-law with this one. The typical detergent directions are really over-the-top. Just slice the prescribed dosage in half, and your clothes still come out clean. Imagine that.
  4. Cut your dry time by 25%. It’s a happy medium between air drying and frying your shirts to a crisp. The former makes my wear really stiff, and the latter just wastes energy and prematurely ages clothes. Find a happy medium, and let your stuff air-dry from very-mildly-damp.
  5. Stop wearing 5 things a day. I had a big problem with this one, wearing a shirt in the morning, work clothes, another outfit in the afternoon, and probably a fourth to bed. That’s a lot of laundry. Learn to re-use and be more efficient with your choices.

Happy laundering!

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8 thoughts on “Five Easy Ways to Save on Laundry

  1. Jenny says:

    4. What I do for this is hang all the large items to air dry, and dry the smaller stuff such as socks and rags. Then when the large things are dry, I put them in the dryer for about 10 minutes to soften and unwrinkle. This way the hanging doesn’t take too long and isn’t much of a chore, and the dryer doesn’t take very long because there is only a little stuff in there.

    5. In addition to not wearing as many different clothes, don’t wash every item each time it it used. If something was just worn for a little while, or only worn as a top layer, it probably doesn’t need to be washed. The only time I wear something once and then wash it is with underwear, socks, or when I spilled something on it. I can usually get away with wearing a shirt 3-4 times and pants 2-3 times before they need to be washed.

  2. I generally don’t wash clothes unless they are dirty to the eyes or nose, which means almost everything (except underwear) gets worn at least twice. (And the stiffness from air-drying wears off pretty quickly!)

  3. I think I would be scared to cut the detergent amount in half. Maybe I’ll try that on a blanket or something first and see how that turns out. I’m the one who always pushes a little past the recommended amount because I want to be doubly sure it’s clean.

  4. Mary says:

    You really can air dry your clothes completely using a line or a clothes drying rack with out them being hard and crunchy the secret is shaking and air movement. I dry every thing on racks in my house I just give it a spin every time I walk by and it keeps the clothes from getting stiff. I also always place them under a ceiling fan or a fan on the floor. This uses a little electricity but not near as much as a dryer.

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