8 Easy Tips to Save Money For Your Laundry Room
Laundry is one of the household chores that truly never stops. Average costs of a load of home laundry rang from $1 to $4 depending on your usage frequency and products used. So you might need to learn some frugal laundry tips to curtail costs and save money from it.
Luckily, here are easy-to-follow tricks you can steal.
1. Use Cold Water
You might have learnt useful laundry hacks from internet, for example, using cold water programme of the washer can help save energy it consumes. Hot water can be effective when handling tough stains, grimy kitchen towels or mats.
However, according to Energy Star, water heating consumes about 90% of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer. Changing to cold water setting from hot temperature can also do a good cleaning job, and cut the cost of running a wash cycle a half.
2. Run Full Loads of Laundry While Not Overloading
You washer will use about the same amount of energy no matter the size load.
To reduce the large amount of energy your washer takes for many small loads, wash an entire load of laundry from the past few days. Make sure the drum leaves a space so that the clothes can tumble freely in the washing cycle.
3. Choose Convenient Detergent
Types of laundry detergent have been growing from liquid and powder cleaners to compact mess-free detergent sheets. Choosing the correct detergent will not only boost the effectiveness of washing machine, but help save a huge money bill in the long run. Have you measured out and used detergent overdose that makes soap residue left on your clothes? When you're using liquid and powder, you only need to read the label on the bottle and use the amount recommended.
To save your time dealing with plastic bottles and messy detergent, laundry sheets are an ideal alternative. You toss one of them into the washer right after putting your clothes and start washing - Voila. Detergent sheets are created with biodegradable ingredients and low-suds formula, suitable for any type of washing machine. One sheet is enough to do a load of laundry. For extra large size you may need 2~3 pcs.
4. Air Dry Your Clothes If Possible
Sunlight is the natural disinfectant that will help kill bacterial and brigten your whites. When the wash cycle is done, you hang the garments in the fresh air to natural dry.
A clothes dryer is convenient, but line-drying is a perfect go-to option helping you reap benefits of saving energy and money.
5. Use Lower Heat Settings in the Dryer
If air dyring is not for you, use lower heat settings in your dryer to reduce the amount of energy it consumes.
The heat from a tumble dryer is to warm the water in your clothes and turn it into vapor. But over-heat settings will cause damage like shrinking to some of your fabrics. The tag on your clothing will tell which temperature setting is suggested and you should always read before you put clothes into the machine.
6. Cut Out the Use of Softener, Dryer Sheets
People are telling you to use laundry boosters that will make your clothing appear smooth and bright.
But really, you can survive with detergent along without buying as many laundry boosters as you think you should.
7. Make Your Own Laundry Boosters
The average American familiy does around 300 loads of laundry every year, which comes along the rising costs of laundry products.
Laundry boosters like fabric softener and bleach can actually be made at home simple and cost-effective. You don't have to be a laundry experts by the way, and making your own laundry boosters at home can be a fun thing by just adding a few simple ingredients that you may already have.
8. Skip Ironing
There are many useful tips that help you iron without an ironing board or even without an electric iron.
I like to use the steam from a hot shower to straighten the wrinkles and creases from my clothes. A wrinkle-release spray is also a good option when I was in a rush.