How to Save Money With 10 Smart Laundry Tips


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It’s usually not something we think of when considering our monthly expenses, but there are actually a lot of costs associated with doing your laundry.

There’s the detergent, fabric softeners, water usage, energy costs, and, of course, the wear and tear on your machines. Since most of us do several loads of laundry a week, it may be a good time to use some savings strategies and bring those costs down. Here are some simple laundry tips to save you time and money — and even a little sanity, too!

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    1. Use a clothesline.

    Grandma had one and so should you. Set up a clothesline to cut down on drying costs. If you don’t like the thought of a permanent clothes line sitting in your backyard, there are portable lines and even some that you can set up in your bathroom.

    They’re fairly easy to use, too. You just pull it out when you need to hang up the clothes to dry. Not only will you be running your dryer less, but this tip can help make some of your clothes last longer.

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    2. Stop tossing your dryer sheets.

    I love this idea: reusable dryer sheets! You need just a few things to create your own dryer sheets and there are no chemicals involved. Check out this step-by-step guide to making your own DIY dryer sheets.

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    3. Speed dry with wool balls.

    Consider using wool balls to speed up the drying process. Wool balls will help soak up excess moisture and keep your clothes fairly separated, meaning they dry much faster. You may want to add a scent to them to give your laundry a fresher smell.

    Wool Dryer Balls — Pack of 6, $10.89 at Amazon

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    4. Use at-home dry cleaning kits.

    At-home dry cleaning kits like Dryel allow you to clean about four garments at a time.  You simply throw your clothes in the special bag and toss them into your own dryer. This may not be the answer for all of your dry cleaning needs, but can certainly work for certain items.

    Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner Starter Kit, $8.99 at Target

    Quick tip: If you do use a dry cleaner, ask if you can get a credit for giving back the hangers. My dry cleaner gives a dime for every hanger I save for them.

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    5. Wash with cold water.

    Using cold water will save on your heating costs. Also, often times cold water is better for your clothes. You won’t have to worry about stains setting in or your clothes shrinking when you set the wash temperature to cold.

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    6. Add some vinegar.

    Use vinegar and you may be able to accomplish two things at once. For certain laundry items, vinegar can be used as a fabric softener and also act as a deodorizer of any odors coming from your washing machine.

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    7. Keep your socks paired up.

    We all have that bin with those single socks waiting until we find their long-lost mates. Instead of having to buy all-new socks when their pairs don’t turn up, try this simple hack. Tie the socks together in a knot, or tie a string around the pair of socks to keep them together. They’ll still get clean and they won’t lose each other!

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    8. Do laundry during non-peak hours.

    Run your washer and dryer before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Many utility companies offer lower rates during non-peak hours!

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    9. Always grab a coupon for your detergent.

    Always look for coupons before you buy a new bottle of detergent. These coupons usually have a high value and will greatly reduce the cost of that expensive detergent!

    Clip these Tide coupons or All coupons for easy laundry savings!

  • 10. Bonus tip: Use smart space savers.

    This one is more of a sanity saver: Keep your closet feeling spacious and make putting laundry away easier with hangers designed to save space and stackable cubbies for bulky items like shoes. I found this shoe storage unit at Bed Bath & Beyond and it’s the best closet item I’ve ever found!

    Shoe Slotz Storage Units — Set of 6, $14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

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