Looking for quick ways to save money on your laundry? Without even realizing it many of us are wasting money each week in the laundry. Here’s what a panel of seven thrifty moms had to say about washing clothes.
Many times when you are doing laundry you may be over washing your clothes. Over washing causes clothes to wear out quicker, shortening the life of a garment. Is the item actually dirty? With busy hectic schedules you may be changing clothes several times a day. Before you toss something into the hamper ask yourself, “Is this really dirty?” Sometimes small food spills or stains can simply be removed with a quick wipe down with a rag. A musty sweater can be refreshed with a little Febreeze.
Check the settings on your wash cycle, don’t run it on a longer cycle than you need. Water temperature is another way to save money. Many items call for a warm water wash cycle, but will do just fine with a cold water wash cycle.
Sara C., a working mom of three, recommends, “Get you own measuring cup or scoop for the laundry. Often times the smallest dose on the cup or scoop is what’s recommended for a regular sized load. You’d be surprised how much longer your detergent and fabric softener last.”
Sara H., mom of two, says, “Vinegar is my go to washing secret. It works great for fixing those loads that just don’t smell right, like when you forget a load in the washing machine. Just rewash the load adding a ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar in with the detergent to remove smell. Vinegar has long been recommended for use with cloth diapers because it doesn’t interfere with their absorbency. ”
Distilled white vinegar can also serve as a fabric softener if you add it just after the wash cycle.
Famous TV mom, Michelle Duggar, posted her favorite homemade laundry detergent recipes. Each batch of powdered soap costs approximately $2.00 and yields up to 40 loads. Her liquid soap recipe is more cost effective, but requires a larger space for storage as it yields 10 gallons. Using homemade detergent can save a bundle.
Erica, mom of four, shares her laundry secret, “I make my own stain fighter. It’s a great laundry booster as well. It’s equal parts Palmolive, ammonia, and water.”
Alice, mom of a toddler, says, “I just love Tide Stain Release. I buy the in-wash booster with a coupon and then dilute it with 2 parts water in a spray bottle for a stain fighter.”
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