Whether it’s the local coin operated washing machine or your very own washer and dryer setup you use the most, handling laundry is a regular job and a big resource-draw for us all. That said, there are a number of great ways to help cut down on the cost associated with this necessary process. For anyone interested in doing laundry for less, the following seven tips can really help you to do just that.
Today, many laundry soaps are made to be able to function just as well in cold water as in hot. This frees us up to use cold water wash cycles in good conscience. Depending on how many loads you wash every year, cutting back on all that hot water use will surely save energy as well as wear and tear on your hot water heater or boiler system.
Again, with soaps today being more versatile than ever, we can really feel free to find other ways to trim costs from the laundry process. Shorter cycles are another option you can thus consider in good faith. To see just how short of a cycle your clothes can take and still come out clean, experiment with your machine’s timed wash options if available.
Over time, the cost of laundry soap can really add up to some major money. To help abate some of this cost, using less soap is always a winning idea, as long as your clothes come out clean in the end. Experiment with and track how much it takes of your favorite brand, or even other brands also, and find the exact minimum you need going into the future. Having found this exact, fine-tuned quantity, you can really begin to save with every wash.
While very nice in some applications, fabric softener really is somewhat of a frivolous extra that is not necessary to getting clothes clean. If you really need that softening action, try using a half cup of vinegar added to the final rinse. This will perform the same action naturally and at a third of the cost of manufactured softeners. Another option is to continue using your preferred, manufactured softener brand but in much smaller amounts with each wash.
There are numerous, strong reasons why you should maintain a clean lint trap in your dryer. The first and most important reason to maintain this component is that it can cause a fire or machine damage once clogged and air is unable to flow through the dryer’s ductwork. The next reason for cleaning the lint trap after every load is that this maintains maximum airflow which then interprets to more efficient drying cycles and less energy consumption with each load.
Alleviating the dryer altogether is another option many of us have. In conducive weather conditions, hanging outside is typically the best option, while some find ways to hang their clothes in various locations throughout the inside of the home. Professionally-made stands are made for both inside and outside drying applications also, and they don’t usually cost much to purchase. Constructing your own drying stand is another option.
Some time back, we first saw dryer balls appear on the market for sale, and many of us were truly dismissive, thinking them just another gimmick product. However, as it turns out, dryer balls do actually serve some helpful purposes. Some reduce static and perform other, additional functions, but all dryer balls do help to accelerate and make the drying process. This is because they help to fluff and separate the clothes in the dryer, allowing more air movement throughout, and thus a faster and less energy-exhaustive drying cycle.
It’s always a great idea to be frugal where possible around the home, and finding ways to improve the efficiency of highly repetitive cleaning tasks such as doing laundry can go a long way in that goal. Actually cutting costs in the laundry process, as it turns out, really isn’t that difficult. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to minimizing those laundry costs from here on out.