How to Save a Bundle on Laundry and Take Better Care of Your Clothes

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Most of us are trying to find new ways to cut our expenses. The key is to find an area where we are just throwing money away. According to David Robinson of eHow Home, it costs between 44 cents and $1.32 to dry one load of laundry. If you ask me, that's just throwing money away!

Hanging your laundry to dry really isn't as difficult as it sounds and unlike you might think, clothes do not come out any more wrinkled than clothes dried in a dryer. First of all, you will need something to dry your clothes on and some clothes pins. If you have the room, you can install a drying line in your backyard. This is something you can make yourself or you may be able to purchase one from your local home improvement store. There are also various styles of indoor drying racks available for sale on the Internet, many with free shipping. If you live in an apartment or somewhere rainy or dusty, you may prefer the option of an indoor drying rack. I personally prefer a 4 Tier Airer for it's versatility and the ability to dry an entire load of laundry at once.

Follow these steps and you will be shaving approximately $30 a month off your expenses.

  1. Do a load of laundry every day; this ensures that you will always have time for the laundry to dry. If you produce more than 7 loads a week then you may need to start early and do an additional load on some days.
  2. Use liquid fabric softener or those new softener crystals in the washer. Your clothes will come out soft and fresh smelling. If you are concerned about fragrance or chemicals then pour a cup of white vinegar in with the rinse cycle instead.
  3. Hang your laundry as soon as it is clean to make sure you get it drying straight away.
  4. Shake your laundry out before hanging it to make sure you don't end up with wrinkles.
  5. Wait for them to dry and then fold up your clean clothes and put them away.

You will immediately notice a difference in your clothes. Cotton feels softer and folds easier. Pockets and cuffs don't turn out deformed because you can set them straight before they dry. Jeans do come out a little crispy, but they soon loosen with wear.

Additional benefits to air drying:

  • If you live in a hot climate, you will save even more money because you won't be heating your house up with the dryer only so you can cool it down with the A/C.
  • If you live in a dry climate, air drying inside will add moisture to the air in your home.
  • Over time you will notice less wear and tear on your clothes.
  • No static cling.



Comments 2 comments

Linda 4 years ago

Your clothes look so good hanging on the line. I use my clothes lines when it is nice out and hang my shirts, gowns, etc., on racks placed on the shower curtain rod when it is bad out. Sometimes they do get dried if someone needs an item in a hurry. My husband does not like towels, etc., hung outside so I use my dryer for those. I had a dryer (wooden)years ago; need a new one.


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Sharon McConnell 4 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Linda, I have to admit, I dry my towels and sheets in the dryer occasionally. Thanks for your comment!

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