How many of you look for ways to save money? I do – daily, it seems. And sometimes I succeed. Over the years, as I’ve hunted ways to save, laundry always seemed to be one place where I could cut costs. Along the way, I realized I was removing chemicals from my home and helping the environment – a triple win!
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I may be odd, but I have never really minded doing laundry. It was one of my responsibilities growing up and it gave me a lot of satisfaction to pull clean clothes from the dryer, or take them off the line, and fold them. I felt like I had accomplished something big.
Once we were married, my enjoyment of laundry didn’t wane. I remember buying our first house, and immediately I asked hubby for a clothesline. It was my Mother’s Day gift from him (I had just found out I was pregnant with our first child!) and I hung clothes out all the time. I would do laundry at night, get up before work and hang the clothes out, then come home at lunch and bring them in. I loved it!
Through the years, as we’ve added kiddos to the house, and the laundry has increased, I have still enjoyed the process. However, I have searched for ways to make it a less expensive venture. So, as any thrifty frugalista would do, I found ways I could save money on the necessary chore of laundry! I wanted to share some of my ideas with you. I will also add articles over the next couple days with ideas on how to make your own laundry “ingredients” in this list so you can save even more money!
Here are the ways I save money on laundry – in no particular order, so as not to show partiality!
MONEY SAVING LAUNDRY
Make your own laundry detergent.
This idea is one I know you’ve heard time and time again. Some of you may think “I don’t have time.” But I am going to share a post with you explaining how you can make your own laundry detergent, and it won’t take any more time than mixing up a cake from a mix! I’ll give you a second option as well if you have a little more time.
Make your own fabric softener.
Make your own scented laundry crystals.
All you need for this are two ingredients and you can make your own scented laundry crystals at a fraction of the cost. You can even choose your own scent!
Make your own dryer sheets.
You can do this from pieces of cloth cut to your desired size dampened with vinegar and essential oils, use up fabric softener you already have by spritzing the rags or even use your homemade fabric softener and dipping the homemade sheets in that. Check out my post about making these dryer sheets !
Make your own wool dryer balls.
I love these things. I have made several to give as gifts and have more for my own laundry. They are super easy to make and last forever. Check out my post – coming in the next couple days – on how to make them.
Make your own dryer …..
….. by hanging out clothes! Fooled you on that one didn’t I? But honestly – this is probably my favorite part. This saves money on your electric bill by not running your dryer. I have noticed a drop in our bill around $30 to $40 monthly when I am able to consistently hang out clothes. Sometimes I will hang out everything, but there are days when I will hang out pants, shirts that aren’t black, hand towels and bath towels. I will dry the other items, usually in one load, for about 30 minutes. Doing it a short amount of time saves money as well.
Those are my ideas for saving money on laundry. Over the next couple days I am going to share posts with you on how to make some the items I mentioned above – and you won’t believe just how quickly you can make your own laundry items to save money.
Let me know below if you have tried any of these and how they worked. What is your favorite way to save money on laundry?
Until next time,