How To Do Laundry Cheaper
Laundry is a task that all of us must endure, but that no one particularly enjoys, right? Much like doing the dishes or mopping the floor, what little zen there is to discover tends to wane with repetition. But the clothes have to be washed, and there are some tricks to consider that could help you get more out of your routine, especially when it comes to dryer sheets.
Write the Date on Your Detergent
Do you want to save money on your laundry detergent? When you buy your next bottle, write the purchase date on it with a permanent marker. Though the bottles typically advertise the number of loads you can expect to wash, it’s unlikely you will keep an accurate tally every time you start the washing machine.
If you feel like you are not getting a great bargain on your liquid detergent, or if you want to decide whether you are benefitting from buying a bulk size, this will give you something to refer to the next time you have to put it on your shopping list, and you will have some hard data to reference.
Alternatively, you can always make your own laundry detergent at home.
DIY Aluminum Foil Reusable Dryer Sheets
Are you spending tons of money on fabric softener or dryer sheets to prevent static cling in your clothes? Though dryer sheets can work well, sometimes you may forget to throw one in with your wet clothes. You may also be tired of dealing with dryer sheets that show up in clean laundry when you least expect them.
There are also more expensive dryer bars that last longer and don’t need to be maintained during every laundry cycle. But there is another more affordable option you can rely on, using something you may already keep in your home.
Make a reusable dryer sheet by crumpling up a large ball of aluminum foil and keeping it in your dryer. You can use it for months on end. Worried about it getting too hot? Aluminum foil goes in and out of the oven just fine, so don’t fret.
Read The Tags for Washing Instructions
Check the wash instructions on the garment tags in your clothes. Make sure you are following the directions. Some items need to go to a dry cleaner, which may not be as expensive as you think. Watch for coupons or specials in your area. Don’t ruin a favorite fabric or outfit because you are in a hurry to get chores done.
Separate Colors from Whites
It’s a tale as old as time. One red shirt can ruin a whole load of socks and underwear Make sure you are separating colors from whites and washing them separately. To avoid fumes or bleach mistakes, do color loads first and finish with whites when using bleach.
Edit Your Closet
Folding and hanging laundry is a great time to take inventory of what you have. Why would you put something back in your closet if you know you won’t wear it again? It’s already clean and ready to go to a thrift shop or charity as a donation, so set it aside and make room in your closet for favorite clothes or even something new.
Share your own best laundry tricks in the comments section.