Money Saving Tips For
The Laundry Room by Naomi Knudsen
Don’t wash money down
Doing laundry is one
of those universal projects that is on everyone’s to-do list. Here
are some tips for saving money and getting cleaner clothes. What more
could you ask!
Try to wait until you have a full load before running your washer or
The clothes dryer is one of the most energy hungry home appliances.
To improve the energy efficiency of your dryer, frequently clean out
the lint trap, and once or twice a year, unplug the dryer, remove
the front lower panel, and vacuum out the cavity beneath the lint
trap. It is amazing how much lint escapes from that trap into the
dryer cavity. Not only does this lint buildup cause your dryer to
need longer to dry clothes, it has also been known to cause
Wash in cold water whenever possible. You do not need to wash with
hot water unless you are trying to sterilize your laundry. Always
set your rinse on the cold water setting. This saves the energy
necessary to heat the water. Washing in cold water can save the
typical family over $120 a year!
Plain white vinegar is a good substitute for fabric softener.
Environmentally safe and nonalergenic, just add ½ to ¾ cup as you
would a liquid softener.
If you use softener sheets, a half sheet works as well as a whole
one. Keep an empty tissue box near your dryer for used softener
sheets; use these for dusting furniture.
Using ½ to ¾ the recommended amount of laundry detergent will get
clothes just as clean and leave less soap buildup.
Many garments labeled "Dry Clean Only" can be safely hand
washed using mild soap like Woolite and
When washing dark clothes for the first time use cold water and put
1 tablespoon of salt in the water. The salt helps set the color. To
brighten dark clothes after they have been washed several times,
repeat the procedure.