A typical American family does about 400 loads of laundry every year -- or about eight loads a week. That seems like a lot for the Crooks household. I think we’re around five loads a week. So much for being average. I’ll take it though because doing laundry is not cheap.
Here are ten easy tips – even for those who won’t give up their favorite fabric softeners or detergents - to garner some savings when to comes to doing laundry:
1. Anything you’ve only worn for a couple of hours that has no visible stains or soiling, consider wearing the item again.
2. Consider wearing jeans more than once. It is typical for heavy jeans/denim to go 4-5 wearings before washing.
3. Buy detergent in bulk. Typically, you’ll save more if you buy larger quantities.
4. Measure your detergent properly to the size of your load. Chances are you are using way too much detergent.
5. Nearly 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. If you don't want to use only cold water, use the warm setting with a cold rinse.
6. Make sure your washer’s water level is set to the correct size of the load.
7. Use high speed spins on your washer so that your dryer doesn’t have to work as hard.
8. Clean the interior lint filter by hand between every load. Once every four to six months, use a vacuum with an extension tube to clean out the exterior lint filter on the back of your dryer. Lint buildup makes your dryer work harder, thus using more energy.
9. Dry your clothes by hanging them on a clothes line or interior clothing rack vs. using the dryer.
10. If you have an older model washer and dryer, consider purchasing a new set! Ok, so that won’t probably save you today, but it will in the long run. The EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy estimate that replacing a washer 10 or more years old with an Energy Star-certified washer will save you $55 per year on water and electricity.
How have you saved money on laundry? Share your tips below.
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