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Laundry is something that’s unavoidable in life. We all have to do it. If you can save money while doing it, you should take advantage. This article outlines 5 ways that you can save money doing laundry.
1. Do full loads
Never do a load of laundry that only contains a couple of items. That’s a waste of water and energy. Some washers have different water level settings, which is very convenient. If you have a small load to do, you will obviously use the appropriate setting. If your washer doesn’t have a water level setting, you want to do full loads to avoid wasting water.
2. Air dry when possible
You don’t always have to use the dryer to dry your laundry. If you have a laundry line, take advantage of it when the weather permits. If you don’t have a laundry line, you can have one installed. When the weather is hot, the last thing you want is to have the dryer running, so you can use the line to not only dry your clothes, but to keep your house from overheating. You’ll also save money on energy that your dryer would have used.
3. Don’t overuse detergent
Many people are guilty of adding a little extra detergent to the wash. When you do it often, you cut down on the number of loads you can do. Measure the detergent you use correctly and you’ll extend the life of the bottle or box of detergent. The new detergent pods are also a great idea because it’s pre-measured for you.
4. Leave thick items out of the dryer
If you do a load of laundry that contains one very thick towel that takes forever to dry, don’t put it in with the light items. It will take everything longer to dry. Instead, hang the towel until the lighter pieces are done. They will dry much quicker alone. Then you can dry the thicker item on it’s own or allow it to air dry a bit before adding it to the dryer.
5. Use cold water for washes
Using cold water will save you money. Nowadays you can get detergent specially made for cold-water washes and you don’t have to worry about the laundry actually getting clean. Switching the temperature of your washes will save you money in the long run.
By making a few small changes you can begin saving money when you do the laundry.