These tips are for renters or those people who have to go to a laundromat and pay per load.
I don’t know about you, but I hate not having my own washer and dryer! I had that luxury the first 5 years of our marriage and I miss it!
With each load costing me $3.25 for a full wash and dry cycle, I’ve learned some tips on how to save money WITHOUT giving up your favorite brands.
1. Skip the bleach. Unless you’re disinfecting bodily fluids, you don’t really need it. Twice a year I’ll use it on all the towels, wash cloths, and white undergarments.
For those paying to use a machine, hot water costs the same as cold so use it to disinfect! Same thing goes for the high dryer setting.
2. Use the brand you think works the best.
I use generics for a lot of stuff, but I’m brand loyal to Arm & Hammer sensitive formula, Tide Free & Clear, and unscented Bounce dryer sheets. I have allergies and I know these clean well for me without irritating my skin or giving me headaches from the fragrances.
BUT, I never pay full price for them. And when they go on sale, I buy it so I won’t run out. I don’t have to use more than 1/4 cup per load so it goes really far.
3. Cut your dryer sheets in thirds.
Now, I don’t know if this works on all brands, but it does with Bounce. It works just as effectively. I bought a ginormous box of them on Amazon once and it lasted me 2 years!
4. Wash your pants very infrequently.
If you work in an office, your pants shouldn’t get that dirty. Wash them once a month, but keep them ironed. If you steam iron them, it will keep them fresh.
Wear jeans a lot? Wash them twice a year! Spot treat small stains. Throw them in the dryer with a wet towel to refresh them. But again, unless you work on a farm, they’re probably not that dirty.
4. Always run a full load.
And DON’T overload it.
If you overstuff it, the machine can’t agitate it properly and it might not completely rinse the detergent. (I’ve done this. Nothing is more frustrating than having to pay for another trip through the rinse cycle.)
5. Read the manufacturer’s directions!
Don’t try to machine wash silk or wool or that piece of clothing will be ruined!
Don’t wash darks with lights. Don’t wash colors in hot water.
Exception: wash cotton sheets and towels in hot water to disinfect them.