People are getting more wear out of their wardrobes, according to this article in today’s Post-Gazette. To save money on dry-cleaning and regular laundry costs, some people are wearing their clothes more between washings, packing more clothes in washers, and *gasp* doing their own laundry instead of sending it out to be washed.
If you overfill a washer, you won’t get clean clothes, so that isn’t a good way to save money.
But, wearing your clothes a second time between washings (assuming your baby hasn’t spit up all over you, and assuming it doesn’t smell bad, etc.) can extend the life of your clothes and save your laundry costs.
At $1.25 per wash and per dry for me, that adds up!
- I have two drying racks and use them whenever the clothes are light-weight enough to be dry within 24 hours.
- I don’t use fabric softener. I don’t miss it. Some people add vinegar to their rinse cycles as a way to save money.
- We wear jeans as many times as we can before washing them. For one, it takes a lot of wear for them to look rumpled. For two, it extends the life. And finally, since jeans are a heavier material, I won’t have to dry them as often. I use coin-op machines in our basement and the jeans get one dry cycle and then I hang them to dry the rest of the way.
- We don’t wear dry-clean-only clothing. My husband doesn’t have to wear suits to work. I don’t have to wear a cocktail dress to bounce my baby on my knee. Avoiding dry-cleaning costs can save a ton.
Whenever we get our own washer/dryer, I’m going to get an energy efficient front-loading model. They use much less water than top loaders and the lower my utility bills, the better!
How do you save with laundry?