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10 Money Saving Laundry Tips

 

I’m participating in The Switch & Save Challenge, trying a variety of Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you!

 

Last week I shared my tiger sized stains with you. This week, as part of the Arm & Hammer Switch and Save Challenge, I want to talk about how to trim a little fat in the laundry room.

Most of us are feeling the pinch of the economy and I’m not always the best at being ultra frugal, at least not with coupons. But I will change my habits if the changes are easy and can save me a few bucks over time.

So when it comes to laundry, here are a few things I do to save a little time and money, without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything!

Laundry Tip #1 – Do Full Loads

It takes about the same amount of power, energy and MY time to run a small load of laundry as it does a full load.  Given that, if I only have enough laundry for a small load, I wait until I have enough to run a full load.

Laundry Tip #2- Lighten your load

Some people think that they save time and money by cramming as many clothes as possible into the washer and dryer. It actually decreases both machines efficiency, and causes it to work harder, which could lead to an early breakdown.

Laundry Tip #3 – Re-wear Clothes

Why wash something you only had on for a few hours (of course I’m not talking underwear)? or wore as an outer layer?  If I didn’t do anything to get sweaty or dirty I have no problem with wearing it a few times before I wash it.  Saves me time and a few extra loads of laundry each week.

Laundry Tip #4- Use Cold Water

Did you know that up to 90% of the cost of washing a load of laundry comes from heating the water? Just flipping the switch to cold from warm or hot makes a big difference. Washing with hot water uses more electricity than leaving the refrigerator door open 24 hours a day! Unless you have some really tough stains, cold should work for most loads.   BIG bonus, your shirts and towels wont  fade as quickly either!

Laundry Tip #5- Don’t use too much Laundry Detergent

Don’t put in more laundry detergent than you need. While the commercials make it look like you need a full cup to do your wash, many times you can get clothes perfectly clean with a fraction of the recommended amount of washing detergent.  For most loads, I only use 1/2 of a cap full.

A&H Power Gel Oxi Clean detergent

Laundry Tip #6- Use a Good Laundry Detergent

By using a laundry detergent with stain fighting agents  and pre soaking heavily soiled clothing, you can avoid rewashing and prolong the life of your clothing.   I’ve been using Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Gel laundry detergent, it contains Oxi Clean Stain Fighters which has been working wonders on the stains in our laundry.

Laundry Tip #7 – Clean your Dryer Lint

Clean your dryer lint after every load.  Your dryer takes longer to dry when it’s trying to push air through lint. A dirty lint screen can mean 30% more energy use.  If you use fabric softener sheets, occasionally clean your lint screen with a toothbrush and water, to remove the build up the softener sheets can leave behind.

Laundry Tip #8- Don’t Over Dry

If you are using a dryer, don’t over dry your clothes, and remove promptly to avoid wrinkles.  If you do need to “fluff” a load, toss in a damp towel to help remove wrinkles and cut down on ironing.

Laundry Tip #9- Double Spin Clothes

Before tossing a load in the dryer or on the line, turn the knob to “Spin only” and spin the clothes a second time. The centrifugal motion (spinning) helps to get extra water out of the clothes, which in turn take less time to dry in the dryer.

Laundry Tip #10 – Use Fresh Air

Running an electric dryer is expensive and uses a lot of energy. The sun and air are free.  Perk – sheets and towels will smell fresher when line dried.  You can add half a cup of white vinegar to your wash to improved softness when line drying.  Short on space?  Try using a retractable clothes line or drying rack.

 

These laundry tips may not make you rich, but they are easy to do and well, saving a few bucks every month is just a big bonus in my book too.

Like to save money with coupons too? You can head over here to get printable coupons on any Arm & Hammer laundry detergent and other products.

Do you line dry your clothes? I’d love to hear your money saving tips for the laundry room.

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Save $1 on any 2 ARM &HAMMER Laundry Detergents. And be sure and head over to The Switch & Save Challenge for the chance to win $25,000.

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

16 Responses to “10 Money Saving Laundry Tips”

  1. Kathleen posted on July 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm (#
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    Wow! I honestly can’t believe how much I didn’t know about doing the laundry!!!

  2. Carly posted on July 16, 2011 at 1:12 am (#
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    I make sure all the zippers are up on my jeans/ pants the zippers can cause added wear on your clothes during the wash cycle and I turn my jeans inside out to keep the color from fading as fast not sure if it really works but I do it anyways. I also pull out my jeans and hang the to dry (most of the time) they take alot of drying power too. Oh and I never put in any thing colored in with my whites not even a dirty rag, keeps your whites whiter longer. Those are my money saving tip simple I know…

  3. sweetsugarbelle posted on July 16, 2011 at 7:57 am (#
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    Loling at you telling us not to re-use our underwear. Learned several things. I didn’t know the white vinegar trick, and I’m shocked at how much energy hot water washing uses! Shocked! Also ill be adding way lead soap! Cool tips!

  4. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace posted on July 16, 2011 at 9:57 am (#
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    Great tips! I try to wash all my clothes in cold water. Thanks for the simple tip about doing an extra spin cycle. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that? Also, I think I am guilty of using too much detergent. I need to be more careful about that, too. Thanks!

  5. Sadie posted on July 16, 2011 at 10:59 am (#
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    These are great tips! Thanks!

    Another great way to save $ with laundry… make your own detergent. :)

  6. Steph posted on July 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm (#
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    I love these tips, I am so printing them out for the BF he does 80% of the laundry and I keep telling him not to pack the washer so full.

  7. JENNIFER posted on July 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm (#
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    Your double spinning the washing machine tip is GENIUS!!! Pure GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on July 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm (#
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    Great tips… I know I am often guilty of using too much detergent. It’s good to have a reminder!

  9. Amanda posted on October 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm (#
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    A few other things that can save a little $ while being eco-friendly is using white vinegar in the rinse cycle as fabric softner. It’s cheaper and doesn’t leave a funny smell. I also found that tossing tennis balls into the dryer cuts the drying time down.

  10. Corey posted on November 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm (#
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    A few more tips:
    1. In addition to cleaning the lint trap, also make sure the dryer duct is cleaned out from time to time. Lint buildup can reduce the dryer’s efficiency and cause a fire hazard. You can also use a lint brush to help remove the lint that builds up inside the dryer itself. There are at least 15,000 dryer fires a year, it’s a very serious issue.
    2. Use good quality inlet hoses and turn off the water when not in use. Washing machine from failed hoses cause over $100 million in damages per year.
    3. Double spinning helps. A high speed spin dryer will remove even much more water than double spinning.

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