- We switched from warm wash/warm rinse to cold wash/cold rinse. This saves us the cost of heating the water and I haven't even noticed a difference in the cleanliness of the clothes.
- I use bleach on the whites so it kills the germs that most people use hot water wash to accomplish.
- I only use half of the recommended amount of laundry soap in each load of laundry because our clothes really aren't that dirty.
- I have considered making my own laundry soap (like this) but haven't got around to it yet. This may help us save even more money.
- I clean the lint filer in the dryer after each load (I don't want the dryer to work any harder than necessary!).
- I used to just turn the dryer on for 60-70 minutes but now I turn it on for 30 minutes and add time in increments of 10 minutes if needed (usually our clothes only need about 40 minutes in the dryer to dry completely).
- I shake out the clothes before I put them into the dryer. It seems like this makes the clothes easier to dry than leaving them in a clump.
- I cut our dryer sheets in half (this gives me twice as many dryer sheets per box while cutting down on the chemicals that are spinning around with my clothes).
- Ideally I would like to hang our clothes to dry since the weather here is perfect nearly year round but the condo association would frown on this. When we move I am definitely getting a drying rack or clothes line.
- I try to wear my clothes twice and use my bath towels twice before throwing them into the dirty laundry hamper. I have never done this before but hubby always does so I thought I would give it a try. It does decrease the amount of laundry I need to wash each week.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
10 Money-Saving Laundry Tips and Some Last Words on Our Electricity Experiment
We got our electric bill today and I am happy to report that it was $69 (down from $112 last month). After keeping track of our electricity use each day for a month we came to the conclusion that the biggest use of electricity in our home is doing laundry--mostly using the dryer. So here's how we have managed to keep control of our laundry costs and save money: