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How to Save Money on Laundry

Tuesday, 05 Oct 2010 11:26 AM

It does cost a bit to keep your clothes clean and smelling nice, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it make sense to adopt some simple ways to ensure effective cleaning and also save money on laundry?

Here are some tips for how to save money on laundry:
Load the laundry
The first step is to schedule the laundering tasks according to loads. Aim for fewer heavy loads and not too many small ones. This way, you save on detergent and washing cycles.
Sort clothes
Separate clothes into three piles — lights, darks, and soiled clothes. Heavily soiled clothes can be presoaked in baking soda or a light bicarbonate-based mixture. This helps lift the stains and dirt a bit before you put them in the regular wash cycle. This way, you save on detergent. 
Use cost-effective detergents and stain removers
The store-name brands of detergents are cheaper than brand names and equally as effective. Making use of stain removers will help you save on dry-cleaning bills. You can buy softeners, but vinegar can also be used in place of softeners. Do your delicate clothing at home. For woolens, use mild detergents. Handwash them and air dry them flat. For silks, use a dry-cleaning service the first time. Wash them at home with a mild detergent subsequently and save on drycleaner’s cost.
Machine optimization
When purchasing a machine, check its energy-saving capacity. Avoid using hot water, as cold water and detergent give you the same results.  Save on laundry by washing and drying full loads, which requires less power.
Consider reusable dryer balls instead of expensive disposable dryer sheets. Save money on laundry by line drying the semi-dry clothes either near a window in summer or near a heater in winter.
Choose a shorter dryer time for easily creasing clothes and a longer drying time for heavy ones. Remove the clothes promptly from the dryer to avoid excessive creasing. With fewer creases, your ironing is reduced.
There are many ways to save on laundry and dry-cleaning. By using these simple tricks, you can save a lot over the years.

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