10 Ways to Save on Laundry Costs

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10 Ways to Save on Laundry Costs

  1. If you live in an area with lots of sunlight, ditch the dryer altogether and dry your clothes outside. We’ve been doing this for a few years now, and are very happy with the results and savings.
  2. Try to wash your clothes only when you have a full load.
  3. If you don’t have a full load, use the machine’s water level adjustment feature to save energy.
  4. Use hot water for washing only when necessary for the clothing material. Most clothes can be washed in cold water, which reduces energy use.
  5. Clean the lint trap after every load, and make sure the exhaust line is clean.
  6. Use an automatic clothes-drying cycle, rather than a timed cycle.
  7. Use less detergent. If your clothes don’t have obvious stains, less detergent will get your clothes just as clean.
  8. Similar to using less detergent, if you use dryer sheets, rip them into two pieces and use half.
  9. If you’re a do-it-yourself kinda person, make your own detergent. Do a quick search in Google, and tons of results show up.
  10. If your machine is 10 years old or more, replace it with a new model that has the Energy Star label.

Do you have any other tips on how to save on laundry costs?


  1. says

    My favorite laundry cost saving is to simply not change my clothes every day. I find it absolutely unnecessary – if they’re not dirty, why change and/or was them? Granted, I work in a warehouse, so I have nobody to impress, but I change my shirt on average once a week (every 3 days during the summer, probably every 2 weeks this time of year), jeans about once a month, socks when they harden into the shape they were laying in when I took them off the night before, and boxers… well, when they need changed, they get changed.

  2. says

    Here in Chicago, where it’s freezing (and snowing) right now, one can rewear a shirt once as you’re probably not sweating. Not always, but once in a while. One benefit of the frozen tundra here, vs. the tropics (I’ll take anything on a day like this here!).

  3. Jenna Meeker says

    Buy detergent only when it is on sale or when you have a coupon. If you stock up, you will be less likely to pay full price if you run out.

    • says

      Joe, we haven’t noticed fading that occurs any more than through using a dryer. I suppose that if it’s a concern, you can dry it outside in the shade. It’ll just take longer.

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