There will always be things in the budget that you just can’t cut out, as much as you may want to, and laundry is one of them!
This is one of those expenses that not only hits you in multiple areas of your budget (groceries and utilities), but to top it off, really just sucks!
Talk about kicking you when you’re down!
I don’t know about you, but while I can’t completely avoid this necessary evil, I’d like to pay as little as possible to do something I don’t enjoy!
So give some (or all) of these tips to help you save money on laundry a try to make it a little easier from now on!
9 Ways To Save Money On Laundry
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent can take a huge bite out of your grocery budget if you’re not careful! Making your own can save you a ton of money per load!
Try This Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
Make Your Own Dryer Sheets
This is another expense that can sneak into your grocery budget and eat up money that could be spent on, well, eating! The added bonus of making your own dryer sheets i they give you the soft clothing, and pleasant smell, without the chemicals!
Try This Homemade Dryer Sheets Recipe
Make Your Dryer More Efficient
Dryer balls are very popular right now, and as well they should be! These wonderful little balls not only make your clothes come out static free, but they actually help your clothes dry faster, limiting the amount of time they spend in the dryer!
One of the most popular examples of these is Woolzies Dryer Balls (lasts about 1000 loads), but you can also use balls of aluminum foil (lasts a couple of loads before needing to be replaced), or make your own (lasts 1000 loads on average)!
Try This Homemade Dryer Balls Tutorial
Wash In Cold Water
Heating the amount of water that actually runs through your washer in a single load can use a huge amount of power, an amount that I personally would like to keep off of our utility bills!
Use cold water as much as possible, and I promise you will see the difference on your bill next month!
Skip The Dryer
Obviously this isn’t an option for many people across Canada as a year-round solution, but definitely possible when the summer comes around!
Use the sun for what it’s best at, giving off heat, and hang your clothes to dry whenever possible!
Schedule Laundry Time
Make sure you plan to only run your washer/dryer during “off-peak” times when it comes to your utility usage hours!
Generally speaking, this will fan between 7pm-7am each night, and on weekends.
Only Wash Full Loads
Try to limit your washes to a couple of full loads instead of lots of smaller loads throughout the week. This not only saves on detergent, and power, but you just don’t end up doing laundry as often, BONUS! (Can you tell I really don’t like doing laundry?!)
Keep Your Lint Trap Clear
I know this generally goes without saying for safety reasons, but worth mentioning just in case! Trying to dry a load with a blocked lint trap can actually increase power usage by 30%, so make sure it’s free and clear of any debris before you start your dryer!
Sun Bleach Stained Clothes
Again, the sun saves the day! By sun bleaching your clothes you not only save money on pre-treatments for stains, but you avoid washing your clothes multiple times if you end up with a tougher stain.
Learn How To Sun Bleach Your Clothes
How do you save money on laundry? Share it in the comments below!
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