I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes they could snap their fingers and have the house magically clean itself. I don’t really mind doing chores I just hate how much time it takes and how expensive it can be. Especially laundry.
Unless you wear disposable underwear in which case you’re spending a small fortune already, laundry is a necessity. A friend of mine recently made a comment about how she loves having ”free laundry” at her house. No she doesn’t have to put money into the machine anymore to make it turn on, but she now has to pay a water bill and use power to operate her machines. Even after I brought these points up she still saw it as ‘free’…
Here are a few ways to save some serious dough on everyday laundry loads:
- Use cold water, it’ll still get your clothes clean I promise! I only use hot-hot-hot water for my work scrubs- I need as much germ-killing power as possible when I come home with multiple peoples blood and saliva splattered all over me.
- Line dry when the weather is nice. And yes, you can still use your outdoor line for some winter days!
- Energy efficient appliances will go a long way. Our washer has a water level sensor so we don’t have to pick a load size. It senses how much water to pour in when the machine starts. Our dryer has a similar sensor only staying on until the clothes dry rather than setting it on a timer for something like 45 mins. This saves water and power. Not to mention newer models are more energy efficient, period. I honestly think one of the best ‘investments’ one can make for their house is energy efficient appliances but it doesn’t have to have every bell and whistle. When we went out looking for ours we were immediately shown the $2000.00+ pairs that woke me up in the morning and made me breakfast in bed. I explained that I had a husband to do that for me and was really only interested in a pair that would wash and dry my clothes in a reasonable time, for a reasonable price and not set me back a boatload of money. We found and energy efficient pair for less than $800.00.
- Look for the lines! Only use the recommend amount of laundry soap. When doing a load of laundry do not fill the liquid soap to the very top and pour it in! Have you ever actually looked inside the measuring top and see the recommend markings (which usually vary from 1-4)? They’re usually so impossible to see people don’t bother looking for them and pour way more in than they need. You end up spending way more money than needed. Liquid laundry soap is so concentrated it takes very little to effectively wash your clothes.
- DIY your own detergent if you feel so inclined. My time is worth so much more than the effort required I personally couldn’t be bothered but kudos to those that do. Conveniences like Tide were invented for a reason. I shop the sales instead.
- Only run the machines when you have a full load, yes you save water by doing a small load (especially if you have a sensor machine) but you need to run the power twice.
- Run your machines on off-peak hours (when power rates are likely lower). For us it’s between 6pm and 6am which works fine since I usually don’t get around to laundry until baby has gone to bed or I get home from work.
Have I missed any tips for laundry that you do which I haven’t mentioned? Am I the only one who thinks the word ‘panties’ is sort of creepy?