Budgeting Money last month Share Tweet We all have to do laundry, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to have clean clothes. Doing laundry is more expensive than most people realise. We do laundry so frequently, that even small savings per load could end up saving you a lot of money. There are many simple things you can do to cut the cost of doing laundry. When you have more members in your household, it adds up to even bigger energy savings. These tips will save the average family of four over $300 per year: 1. Air-dry your clothes. Do you have space to air-dry your clothes or hang them on the clothesline outside? If you can avoid using a dryer, you can save approximately $100 each year. You will save money on your electric or gas bill, and your clothes will last longer. The heat and tumbling in the dryer damage your clothing. Air-dry your clothes to save money. 2. Spin your clothes twice. The spin cycle exists to get the excess water out of your clothes. If you spin your clothes twice, you can reduce drying time. 3. Stick to cold water. While hot water works a little better, it costs more. The biggest cost of doing laundry comes from heating the water. You can save a bundle by choosing to go with cold. 4. Create your own laundry products. There are many online “recipes” for making your own detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners. These are a fraction of the cost of grocery store laundry detergents. 5. Use less detergent. Remember that the companies who make laundry detergent want you to use more than necessary. Then, you’ll have to purchase more. Experiment with using less detergent. You’ll probably find you can use half as much. 6. Wash full loads. The electricity used to fill, agitate, and drain the washing machine is essentially the same, whether it’s a full or partial load. The same goes for rotating the drum on the dryer. Save money by washing and drying more than just one pair of socks! 7. Cut those dryer sheets in half. Half of a dryer sheet is usually sufficient. Experiment to see what works best for you. 8. Clean the dryer trap. Excess lint will trap moisture in the dryer and cause your clothes to take longer to dry. The sooner the dryer shuts off, the less money it costs you. 9. Wash your clothes less often. Some people have outdoor jobs such as tradies that require manual labour. But many others have jobs where they can avoid getting dirty or sweating excessively. As long as you haven’t soiled your clothing, consider wearing items more than once between washes. 10. Purchase energy efficient appliances. Washers and dryers differ by brand. There are washers that will handle larger loads and use less water. There are dryers that use much less energy. Sometimes these higher efficiency units cost more, but the savings is worth it in the end. 11. Adjust your settings. Wash your clothes at a lower setting. Try drying with lower heat. Every load of laundry doesn’t require elaborate settings. Washing clothes is a household chore that many perform on an almost daily basis especially those with a young family as there will always be kids and baby clothes to be washed. That’s why it’s so important to cut costs wherever possible. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra $300 a year to spend on something more entertaining than laundry? Help the environment and your family’s budget by applying these cost-saving tips whenever you do laundry.