I don’t know about you, but I love those “Where Are They Now?” and old television reunion shows. Reading about, or seeing, some of my favorite actors from childhood is always a lot of fun? Am I the only one who feels like that?
When I have read blogs before, especially if they are a year or so old, I’ve often thought “Hmmmm, I wonder if the person who wrote this is still doing (insert topic here)?” Of course, short of leaving a comment or sending an email, it’s probably impossible to find out.
So, in the interest of maybe being the first person to ever do it, today’s post is an update – a re-visit of my post from a couple weeks ago about saving money on laundry. Posts like this are exactly the kind that make me wonder if the writer really does all those things! Some of you might be thinking those very thoughts about me, so I thought I would satisfy your curiosity!
Also – I have to say this, too. When I wrote this laundry series, where I had several posts in a row about saving money and making your own laundry ingredients, it was the first time in FOREVER where I had all those things at the same time. I realized it was probably TOO much at the same time. Our laundry room is small and it was hard to fit everything on top of the dryer at once. That’s part of what sparked this update – the realization of what I liked and what wasn’t my favorite. I wanted to share that with you.
MONEY SAVING LAUNDRY UPDATED
Make your own fabric softener.
So – for this one, I made the fabric softener and shared it in a post. However, in the effort of transparency – I don’t use this often. When I think about it, I will put some vinegar in the laundry room and pour some into the washer. BUT – this is not an “all the time” event. I’ve never used fabric softener all that often unless I’ve found it free or almost free with coupons. So – this one I’m not still using.
Make your own scented laundry crystals.
These I love – and I use them all the time. They are the simplest things in the world to throw together, especially because I keep the ingredients in the laundry room on the shelf, and I think they add a great scent to the laundry that lasts through washing and drying. These crystals are probably my favorite, probably because they’re easy.
Make your own dryer sheets.
Again, I used to make these all the time, but had not made them recently until I shared the post. I don’t do these often. I made them years ago before I knew about the wool dryer balls. I used them for a while again after the blog post, but then they kind of tapered off (and if the kiddos did the laundry, they didn’t get used at all!).
Make your own wool dryer balls.
So – again, being honest – these are my favorites to use in the dryer. They are easy to toss in after adding a few drops of essential oils. They are easy to pull out when clothes come out of the dryer. If you match the scent on the dryer balls with the scent in the laundry crystals, your laundry can smell amazing. And these dryer balls help your laundry to dry faster. All in all, I’ll use my dryer balls over dryer sheets most days.
Make your own clothes dryer.
LOL – I think that sound so funny! I have always loved hanging my clothes on the clothesline. I missed it a few weeks ago when we had rain for almost two weeks. I find that, when I’m able to hang my clothes out, I get my laundry done much faster. I think it’s because I’m more mindful of needing to pull them off the line before dark, and then I have to fold them so we can have supper! When they are in the laundry room, in the washer or dryer, it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind!” So, I really do like this tip and use it regularly!
Make your own laundry detergent.
I still have not gotten around to adding a post about this (and it is on my list, I promise!). I don’t always take the time to make my own, though, and that is part of the reason I haven’t posted. If I find a good deal on laundry soap, I will buy it, but I do try to make my own regularly. I want to add a link to this post from Liss Burnell at Budget101.com. A friend of mine shared this with me, and every time I use it, I love it. It takes a little time to make, but lasts FOREVER!
As a side note on the laundry detergent, Mary Oxendine from Old-Fashioned Recipes.com left a comment and reminded me of one way to save money I neglected to share. Just use LESS laundry soap. No matter what the back of the bottle says – you don’t NEED a full cap of soap. Start with half of a cap, or less for smaller loads, and see what you think about the cleanliness. Adjust up or down as needed. It saves laundry soap AND money. Thanks for the reminder!!
So there you have my “Where Are They Now?” version of Money Saving Laundry! Are you surprised by anything? Did you like any of my suggestions better than I did?
I would love to know if any of you have tried these ideas, or others, and how they worked for you. Or do you have a suggestion that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,