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Save Time and Money When Doing Laundry

June 26, 2012

Doing laundry can cost you a lot of time, energy, and money on supplies. Although we always want to save time and money where we can, there are certain things, like cleaning our clothes, that are simple facts of life. The challenge then becomes finding a more practical way to do laundry in a more efficient, cost-effective way.

Below are some useful tips you can follow when doing laundry at home:

  • Set a schedule to wash all of your clothes and stick to it. Wash as large of loads as possible and avoid washing two or three pieces at a time, as it will not only waste a huge amount of water and detergent, but it will also rob you of your time.  To avoid getting stuck in an ongoing washing process, set a time to confine your laundry to one day a week.
  • Watch what you place in your hamper.  In order to keep your laundry loads down, consider wearing things more than once before washing them.  Sure, you may have worn your jeans or sweater once, but if they didn’t get dirty, you can wear them again before washing them.  It also helps your clothes last longer when they go through the wash cycle less frequently.
  • Use cold water. Heating water to do laundry will only increase your energy bill.  Cold water instead requires much less energy and cleans your clothes just as well.  There are even detergents specifically designed to perform in cold water.
  • Skip the softener once in a while. For clothes you just wear around the house, avoid using softener. Only use it on linens like towels and blankets. This will help cut down on the cost of laundry supplies.
  • Multi-task. Laundry usually takes a lot of time due to the waiting period during washer and dryer cycles. Use that time to fold and put away other loads, get some work done, or clean other areas of your house.
  • Hang dry instead of using a dryer. Since it is summer, you may as well take advantage  of the free hot weather to dry your clothes. This will save you money on your energy bill because most dryers use a huge amount of energy.
  • Choose the shortest washing cycle. If your clothes aren’t that dirty and only require basic washing, use the shortest washing cycle to save energy and time. For heavy linens like comforters, use a longer washing cycle.
  • Use the right amount of detergent. There are guides on detergent containers that instruct you as to how much detergent will you need for a particular load size.
  • Have your kids help. Having more hands working will save more and make the work go faster. While you are at it, use it as an opportunity to teach them the proper way to do laundry.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor
405.843.8188

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