five ways to save money on the laundry
We are a family of five and, if I did things the way big companies wanted me to do them, I'd be spending a heck of a lot of money to wash our clothes. That's just the truth. I learned early on (when we were only a family of three!) that I am the best judge of how to do things for my family. Not some company who benefits from our hard earned money! You have to be willing to let some commonly misunderstood concepts go and you have to be open to trying things a different way in order to save money anywhere in your lives. Mostly, you just have to use a little common sense, friends. Peace, B.
1. Make your own laundry detergent. I wash my laundry for less than a penny a load. Yep, that's right. I've been doing it for years and my homemade laundry detergent works. End of story.
2. Wash your clothes in cold water. This seriously saves money, friends. Don't let anyone tell you that you need to wash clothes in hot water to get them clean. That's just big bunch of bah-lone-knee!
3. If you're using the dryer, dry back to back loads. The drum is already hot and rolling, so get in a couple of loads. You can save even more money by line drying your clothes or simply pulling out bulky items that require more drying time like jeans, sweaters, and towels.
4. Always wash a full load. I know that's pretty obvious, but so is washing with cold water, right? If you wash a full load, you use your appliances less. If you use your appliances less, you save money. Period.
5. Wash your clothes less. Wait, seriously. And I don't mean turning your underwear inside out either. Because that's gross, not that I'm judging (much). I mean, wear your jeans more than once. Use a bath towel more than once. Don't throw every little thing in the wash after every single use. It just doesn't make much sense. Everyone in my house knows, you hang up your towel for the next person to use. Don't want to share towels? Give everyone his or her own towel hook.