Laundry is an unavoidable expense, so it helps to cut costs wherever you can, and surprisingly enough, there are a few ways to do that. Here are some ways to save on laundry expenses:
Skip the dryer
Drying your clothes costs a lot of money over the course of a year. The older the dryer, the more it costs to run. Use a clothes line in the summer and a drying rack in the winter. Bonus – line dried clothes smell fresher!
Avoid the laundromat
Easier said than done for apartment dwellers, but you can get an apartment sized washer relatively inexpensively at a yard sale, on eBay, or Craigslist. The average family spends about $20 a week at the Laundromat. Over the course of a year, that’s $1040. If you took the weekly laundromat expense and put it toward payments on a machine (approximately $500 for a low-end machine), you’d pay it off in less than six months. This doesn’t even take into account the gas money you spend driving to and from the laundromat, or the things out of the vending machine you buy while you’re there because you’re hungry or thirsty. Doing laundry at home is also much more convenient. You can throw your clothes in anytime you want without waiting for an available washing machine, or worse, wondering what was in there before you put your stuff in – yuck!
Don’t fall for extras
If you absolutely can’t have a washing machine of your own, you may not be able to avoid going to a laundromat. If this is the case, just make sure you do your own laundry at the laundromat. Many laundromats and even dry cleaners offer a wash-dry-fold service, but it will cost you about a dollar a pound. Especially in the wintertime when you have heavy sweatshirts and jeans, this can get extremely expensive. Fifty pounds of laundry isn’t as much as it sounds like.
Make sure you bring supplies with you. Most laundromats have vending machines where you can purchase detergent and dryer sheets. They also may have food and beverages. If you remember to bring all of this with you, it will be considerably cheaper.
Make your own supplies
Make your own laundry soap and fabric softener. While this may sound like a big task, it’s really not, and depending on your fragrance preference, you can do it many different ways for a fraction of the cost of the bottled detergent in the store. You can even buy the ingredients in bulk and save more. Plus, you’ll know exactly what you’re exposing your skin to and keep plastic out of landfills at the same time. It’s a win-win situation. Check Pinterest for recipes.
Clean laundry is a necessity, not a convenience. The more you can save over the course of a year, the more you will have for other things (like new clothes that will need washing!).
How do you save on laundry? Have any tips to add?