Do loads of laundry without spending loads of cash

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Do loads of laundry without spending loads of cash

If your anything like me, there is currently at least one pile of laundry waiting for you.  In my case, there may be like 4… Laundry is an inevitable and it isn’t cheap!  Take it from a mom of four, laundry is a cost that I am always trying to get down!  So how do you do loads of laundry without spending loads of cash?

There are a ton of very creative tips out there, but I’m all about using the most effective ones only!  Check out our best tips on how to save money on laundry in 2019.

How to Save Money on Laundry in 2019

Laundry is an inevitable expense for everyone!  The larger your family, the more it costs.  So how do you Do loads of laundry without spending loads of cash? 
 Check out these tips Learn How to Save Money on Laundry in 2019

Use Cold Water

When you think about cost, hot vs cold water might not be your first thought, but it should be!  Though you will use the same amount of water, hot water requires heating.  Whether your water heater runs on gas or electricity, it is still an expense that adds up fast!

Did you know that almost every liquid laundry detergent available are designed to work in cold water?  Hot water should only be used in situations where to clothing is extremely soiled or label other wise says to use hot/warm water.

Switching from hot to cold water can save you around 30 cents a load.  Considering the average American family does a minimum of 1 load a day, that’s an easy $110 a year back in your budget! The larger the family, the bigger the savings this is!

Use Coupons to Save Money on Laundry in 2019

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When it comes to laundry detergents, those bottles can add up fast! It may feel like that the cost of laundry supplies is out of your hands.  This is far from the case though! 

By using laundry detergent coupons, you can absolutely save a ton of money.  Most manufactures put out coupons ranging from $0.50 to $3.00 off.  Combine this with sale prices and store-based coupons, and you can easily save $3 per bottle. 

If you are capable of using different brands, you can purchase based off sales and coupons with a variety of brands.  This will give you the optimal savings. 

If you are brand specific, it is best to keep an eye out for your brands coupons. I am always looking for the latest Tide coupons and watching local ads for sales.

This tip for how to save money on laundry in 2019 can easily save you $150 or more a year!

By Less Expensive Laundry Products

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If you have a membership to a box store, you may be able to get their off brands even cheaper.  Dryer sheets are a great example of this.  Most all dryer sheets do the exact same job, with the main difference being the scents. 

Amazon also offers their own brand of Laundry Products. These are typically a few dollars cheaper than name brands, and you can have them delivered to your door free with your prime membership! Don’t have a membership? Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

To see if this would be a good idea for your family, check the price per load.  See which route is better for you, whether it be couponing or off brands.  For very busy families, this might be the more affordable option due to time restraints.

Stop Buying Dryer Sheets

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Though an off brand is cheaper than name brand, not buying will save a ton!  Most boxes of 100 sheets are between $5-$8 each.  According to load size, each box of 100 can last a family around a month.  Larger families typically buy a couple boxes a month,

So what should you do instead? Here are some options for reducing or eliminating dryer sheets:

Aluminum Foil – Roll up a small amount of albumin foil into a tight ball and place in dryer.  The metal breaks down the cycle of static.  These do have to be replaced after every few loads of laundry though

Wool Balls – If you are a crafty person, you could make your own wool ball from left over scraps of wool.  If you are like me and not so crafty, try buying organic reusable wool balls.  They are super afforable and are free of chemicals and dyes.  So they are perfect for the whole family

For how to save money on laundry in 2019, the wool ball is one of my top picks.  It can easily save you over $80 a year!

Skip The Dryer all Together!

Hanging Clothing out on a line to save money on laundry

An outdoor cloth line is a very easy way to save some money!  Even if you don’t have a huge back yard, a small clothes line on a balcony can still offer savings.  Since air is free, the only cost you’ll incur is the clothes line and clothes pins

Since it costs around .70 an hour to use the dryer, this tip for how to save money on laundry in 2019 can bring an easy $200 back into your budget.

Not looking to hang your all your clothes out on the line?  Try just drying your towels, blankets, and sheets out.  This will greatly reduce your bill since these items take a lot more time to dry!

Make sure you Sort correctly

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When it comes to tips on how to save money on laundry, sorting doesn’t seem like a tip you would see.  However, this is a huge money saving tip!

When we were kids, our moms sorted by color.  With modern laundry detergents, this isn’t necessary any more.  Make sure to check your labels and separate clothing that say to wash with like colors.  Jeans and other materials with dark dyes should be wash alone their first wash. Unless of course you are wanting your white t-shirt to turn indigo blue.

Sort by Fabric Type

Our fabrics come in all different weights and textures.  Make sure you are sorting them accordingly.  Heavy fabrics can wear down lighter ones over time.  And when you wash them together, the lighter ones can be over dried when trying to get the heavier ones all the way dry.

Athletic wear and delicate are always best when washed separate.  Delicates can also be washed in a special bag or hand washed to make them last longer.

Wash your Washer!

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Did you know that you need to clean your washer from time to time?  Most newer washers will signal when they need cleaning.  With newer washers, make sure to follow the instructions in your owner’s manual.  When it comes to older washers, check out this awesome guide by Better Homes and Gardens on how to clean your washer.

By maintaining your Washer, you can save money on laundry by avoiding costly repairs!

Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances!

When using an older model washer or dryer, you are inevitably spending more money on energy costs.  When financially possible, it is always best to upgrade to an Energy Star Appliance.  These appliances not only use less energy, they also use several gallons less per load.  Within a year or so of use, you’ll have already made the cost difference back.

Many energy company’s like Ameren will actually pay you to upgrade!  They have programs that will pay you $50-$200 for upgrading and will pick up the old appliance completely free of charge!  This is a win-win for everyone!  Contact your local energy service provider to see if they have a program in your area!

How to Save Money on Laundry in 2019

By applying these tips, you can easily save hundreds of dollars on laundry.  Do you have another great tip for how to save money on laundry in 2019?  Let us know in the comments below!

TheMomKind

Alicia Trautwein is an autism parenting coach living in Missouri. She is the creator behind The Mom Kind, a website dedicated to parenting neurodiverse families.  She is featured in the "Amazing Moms" coffee table book by Hogan Hilling & Dr. Elise Ho.  She shares her expertise along with her experience in parenting children, both with and without autism.

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