I have found lots of little ways to save a dollar here and there. This series "Saving Money Around The House" is just a way to compile some of them for you to use also. You can go back to find out how I save money in the bathroom and in the kitchen. Here's a few tips I've learned to save money in the laundry room.
- Make your own laundry detergent and fabric softener.
- If you use store bought laundry detergent, use less. I have found I don't need to use the full amount that is recommended on the bottles.
- If you use fabric softener sheets, cut them in half. They'll last twice as long, and work just as well. Better yet, get rid of them completely!
- Make sure you are washing full loads. In our house, this is NEVER a problem!!
- Hang out clothes when you can. It saves money by not using the dryer, but also helps your clothing to last longer! I have a line hung from our basement rafters in the laundry room to hang things in the winter.
- Empty out the pockets of your clothes. Learned that lesson the hard way!
- Use cold water to save your hot water heater from working so hard. I wash everything except towels and bedding (and of course diapers when we are in that season!) in cold water.
- Clean the lint trap of your dryer after every load.