Friday, October 19, 2012

Simple Ways to Save: Laundry

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I have 5 kids, and we have had a lot of laundry in the past.  I could have saved myself some time and work if I had thought of some of these things earlier on.  Hope they can help.

1.  Check laundry before you wash it.  If you have nicely folded laundry in the dirty clothes basket, chances are that someone didn't put it away.  Check clothes to see if they are dirty or smelly.  If not, don't wash them. 

2.  Some machines have a setting for different size loads.  Set your machine on the correct size of load you are washing. 

3.  Start by using half the amount of soap that you normally use.  Your clothes will still get clean and you will save a lot of money by not having to buy laundry soap as often.  I use 1/3 to 1/4 the amount with my laundry.

4.  Do a shorter wash if your washer allows you to.  I can choose whether I want quick, light, medium or heavy wash.  Some washers do it by time. 

5.  Play around with different water temperatures.  Some people wash all their laundry in cold water.  I don't think I will ever get to that point, but I can use cold rinse or wash on warm instead of hot for some loads.

6.  Use a foil ball instead of dryer sheets in the dryer.  You can use it over and over and it is less expensive.  It used to bother my skin when I used dryer sheets, but it doesn't now.  Also, if you don't want to give up dryer sheets, at least cut them in half and they can last twice as long.

7.  Let clothes dry on racks and then toss them in the dryer for about 10 minutes to soften them and get rid of wrinkles.  This is another way to save money on your utility bill.   

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