The clothes you wear might not seem like a place to save money, but if you know how to treat them right, they can be! Check out our laundry tips that could help you save some cash:
1. Wash your clothes in cold water. Washing with warm or hot water can damage your clothes and require dry cleaning, which is significantly more expensive than washing in cold water.
2. Hang dry clothes instead of using a dryer. If you’re short on time, lay them flat to dry. These methods will save energy, and if you use the dryer too much, it can cause damage to your clothes over time.
3. Use less detergent than the directions say! The directions on laundry products are based on standard sized loads, but most people wash smaller amounts of clothing at a time. Using less detergent will make it last longer.
4. Fold clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer so they don’t get wrinkled and need ironing!
5. White sheets can be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or bleach. You can create a solution of either one, or use white vinegar as a natural alternative. The combination of one of these products and hot water will kill any mildew or bacteria that has accumulated on your sheets. If you have a small stain, use a toothbrush and scrub it with one of these products, then launder it as usual.
6. Wash towels with baking soda to remove bacteria and odors. Always wash new towels before using them for the first time to remove chemicals from the manufacturing process, and add baking soda to the load to help keep them fresh. Use half a cup of baking soda for most loads—a full cup if you need extra cleaning power.
Hopefully these laundry tips have given you some useful advice to help you not only make the most of your laundry, but also to save some money along the way.