How to Save Money on Laundry

Laundry is a chore that everyone does on a regular basis. It can be quite costly in the long run, so use the following information to help save money. Saving even just a few dollars each laundry day can really add up in the long run.

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    Wash less laundry. Most clothes are not dirty after being worn for just a few hours. A sweater worn over a t-shirt is not dirty unless it gets spilt on. Pants can usually be worn a few times before needing to be washed. Exceptions such as underclothes, socks, and most kids clothing (they don't stay clean) should be washed after every wearing.
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    Use cold water. Most of the energy and cost of a washer is in the hot water. Clothes will clean just as well in cold water as they will in hot, and they will not shrink.
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    Use less detergent. Most laundry caps have several different lines that mark how much detergent to use based on load size. Make sure you are only filling the cup to the correct line, or even a little bit below the line.
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    Make your own laundry detergent.
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    Make your own pre-stain treatment using your laundry detergent. Dilute a bit of detergent in water and apply to your stains. Diluted dish soap will also work just as well.
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    Make your own fabric softener. A half cup of vinegar will work as a fabric softener.
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    Rip your dryer sheets in half. They will still work just as well, or use the same dryer sheet for two loads.
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    Use a dryer ball (or a clean tennis ball) instead of dryer sheets. The point of the dryer ball is to fluff your clothes to help them dry faster.
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    Hang dry your clothes instead of using a dryer. When the weather is nice, use a clothes line, and during poor weather and winter, use laundry racks.

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