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How to Save Money While Doing Laundry

Updated on June 29, 2013

Doing your laundry can be expensive, especially if you have a family. Laundry soap, stain remover and fabric softener costs add up fast, as well as the cost of power and water. The good news is you can save money on your laundry costs.

These tips will save you money, and they are environmentally friendly too.

Get ready

The first thing you need to do is to sort your clothes. Washing machines can be rough on your garments.You don't want to ruin them and have to buy new ones. Make sure to sort your clothes properly so you don't ruin them in the washer.

So, separate your whites, lights and darks.

Zip all zippers and fasten all fasteners to prevent them from snagging other clothes.

Place your delicates in a mesh bag to protect them, or better yet hand wash them.

To prevent your clothes from fading, turn them inside out before washing them. If they are brand new, you can soak them in cold salted water or one half cup of vinegar and two quarts of water. Soak overnight, then wash as usual.

Remember to check pants pockets before washing, especially if you have children. A forgotten crayon can cause a laundry catastrophe, trust me I know.

Check carefully for stains. You want to catch them before you put your clothes in the dryer. The heat will set the stain and it will be much tougher to remove.

Frugal Stain Removal

Don't waste your money on expensive stain remover. Regular dish soap works just as well for much less money. It is usually the soaking and scrubbing that usually gets the stain out, not the remover itself.

Make a spot remover with one part rubbing alcohol and two parts water.

Baking soda works well too. Wet it and scrub it onto the stain with an old toothbrush.

Or soak the stained items in vinegar and water.

Now it is time to toss it in the washer.

Don't use too much soap. Usually you can use up to half of what the label says and your clothes will come out just as clean. The same goes for dryer sheets, cut them in half.

Be sure to only run your washer when it is full. It uses the same amount of electricity to run a full load as it does a half load.

Laundry soap costs a fortune, doesn't it? Try making your own to save money.


You will need:

1/2 bar of soap

1/2 cup washing (not baking!) soda

1/2 cup borax

  1. Grate soap into a pot.
  2. Melt in six cups of hot water, do not boil.
  3. Stir in borax and washing soda.
  4. Pour into a two gallon (8L) container.
  5. Add enough water to fill it up.

Use 1/2 cup per load.

Drying Your Clothing

The cheapest way to dry your clothes it to use a clothes line, weather permitting of course.

When you must use your dryer, make sure not to over dry or your clothes will come out with static cling. You can even take them out when they are a little damp and hang to dry the rest of the way if you have the space. Drying your natural fabrics separately from your synthetics can also reduce cling, as synthetics are usually to blame.

Instead of using fabric softener, you can toss 1/2 cup of vinegar or 1/4 cup of baking soda to the first rinse cycle to prevent static cling.

So that your dryer runs properly, make sure your lint trap is cleaned out every time you use it. Also be sure that its outside vent is free and clear of any obstructions.


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    • daisyjae profile image

      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for putting me on your facebook page, Sinea. I really appreciate it.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Love this hub. Voted up and useful. My blog readers love this topic. I am going to put your link on my FB fanpage for them.

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      Your welcome, liz, i'm glad you found my hub useful. Thanks for commenting.

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      Liz Goltra 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the great tips. I got some ink on a microfiber chair and the alcohol and water trick got it out. Voted up!

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for stopping by, esllr.

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      esllr 7 years ago

      Good information, I'm always looking to use less chemicals,thanks!

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      thanks for your comment, sheila b.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      One of my daughters is the type who overdoes everything, so, being herself, she'd use way too much laundry soap. So much it wouldn't all rinse out of her clothing, and she ended up with little bumps on her arms and legs from it. Therefore, I like your suggestion about going easy on the soap, and everything else is quite practical, too.