I Found $40 in My Dryer! Money Saving Laundry Tips @bhg #switchandsavechallenge

On October 4, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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I found $40 in my dryer, this week!  I pulled the load from my dryer and two well-laundered twenty dollar bills fell on my feet.  I sure wish it had been mine, but my absent-minded daughter gets to claim this mini-fortune.  (Maybe I should charge a finder’s-fee!)  We’ve talked about saving money in the laundry […]

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I found $40 in my dryer, this week!  I pulled the load from my dryer and two well-laundered twenty dollar bills fell on my feet.  I sure wish it had been mine, but my absent-minded daughter gets to claim this mini-fortune.  (Maybe I should charge a finder’s-fee!)  We’ve talked about saving money in the laundry room before, but I have a few more ideas to share with you and that brings me to my first suggestion for saving money in your laundry room…

  1. Be sure to clean out pockets before you start a load of laundry.  You may be keeping cash from being destroyed in the machine and you will prevent things like chewing gum, chapstick, lip gloss, crayons, earrings, ink pens, permanent markers (Yes, I have found all of those in my laundry. :) ) from staining and damaging your clothes and/or washer and dryer.  This is a simple, but important, first step for saving yourself the cost of replacing ruined clothes or a damaged appliance.
  2. Does it really need to be washed?  Before tossing an item into the hamper, think twice.  Are you washing something that isn’t really dirty?  Jeans can usually be worn twice before washing, especially for adults.  This is the time of year when we all start dressing in layers.  A cardigan or button-down worn over the top of another shirt for only a couple hours may be ready to put on a hanger in the closet, instead of the laundry.  Unless you dribbled your lemonade or spaghetti sauce on it, or perspired through two layers in the middle of an intense work-out, you can probably save time and money, by getting one more wear out of it before it needs to be washed.
  3. Use the correct amount of detergent in your washing machine.  New high efficiency machines use so much less detergent than before and it can actually damage and wear out your machine’s water pump, to use too much.  These machines do NOT like an excess of suds.  Plus, why pour extra money down the drain?  Save it for something fun, instead.
  4. Be sure the door on your dryer closes tightly.  We just had this problem with our own dryer.  The door had become sprung and though it would close tight enough to allow the dryer to come on, it didn’t seal tightly.  Heat was escaping and  causing clothes not to dry without being run through the cycle twice.  Yikes!  That’s a huge budget problem.  Make the necessary adjustments so the door seals properly and keep all that heat inside your dyer.
  5. Don’t overload your machines.  The washer won’t clean as effectively and your dryer may not be able to thoroughly dry a load that is larger than its normal capacity.  Damp clothes can mildew and smell “musty” leading to the need for a re-wash.  Plus, overloading your machines stresses the mechanical parts and may shorten the life of your appliances.
  6. Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap after every load.  For your dryer to operate properly, moist air needs to be able to freely escape and a plugged lint trap, retards that process.  Plugged lint traps can create a fire hazard, as well, so take this simple precaution seriously.
  7. Use coupons.  Every Sunday, your local paper is loaded with money-saving deals and you can almost always find coupons for laundry products.
  8. Shop for bargains and deals on your detergent and fabric softener.  Name brands don’t necessarily do a better job and you can save a lot of money looking for the best buy.  But don’t be fooled!  The best buy is NOT always the cheapest product.   If it requires double the amount of product to do the job, the best buy may well be a product that costs more in total, but will provide more loads of cleaning or softening power.  Divide the cost by the number of loads you will be able to do with that product.  If you know it takes more than is called for of a particular brand to do the job you expect, it isn’t the best value, even if it is the least expensive.  The greatest number of loads for the smallest price per load, without having to use extra is your best buy.  Arm and Hammer’s new Essentials Lavender and Linen Dryer Sheets are a good example.  They’re priced less than other name brand fabric sheets, do a fabulous job of softening and controlling static cling,  and to top it off, I have a great printable coupon available for $1 off 2 boxes.  That’s savings that makes a difference!  (Remember, it only takes $19.24 a week to save $1000 in one year.  Now, you’re one dollar closer to this week’s total.)

 

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Click here to print your coupon and save $1 off 2 boxes of Arm and Hammer's new Essentials Lavender and Linen Fabric Softener Sheets.

 

And, if you haven’t already entered, here’s a chance to put a little more S-T-R-E-T-C-H in your budget!  Arm and Hammer has generously sponsoring another $25 VISA Gift Card giveaway!!!  You can enter it here.

This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is paying me to try different products. Save $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets.  And then head over to The Switch & Save Challenge to keep up with all of the bloggers and enter to win $25,000.

Purex Complete with Zout Stain Remover: Review and Giveaway!

On April 23, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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As a Purex Insider, I have the great good fortune to let you know about the latest products Purex is releasing to help make your work at home easier to complete and easier on your budget.  It’s no secret that I love Purex for the money they can save in our budget over other name […]

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As a Purex Insider, I have the great good fortune to let you know about the latest products Purex is releasing to help make your work at home easier to complete and easier on your budget.  It’s no secret that I love Purex for the money they can save in our budget over other name brand laundry products.  They do a fantastic job of cleaning and caring for the clothes my family uses every day and at a fraction of the cost.

I was able to test new Purex Complete with Zout Stain Remover, over the last several weeks, doing our regular laundry and using it to pre-treat two of our family’s most stubborn previously washed and dried stains.  While this isn’t exactly a “fair” test, since these were definitely pre-set stains, I was curious how the Zout would do on them.  My husband is a machine operator for an automotive parts manufacturer.  Hands coated in machine-grease and oil are regular parts of his workday.  Then those hands reach into his pockets for a key, a part or a pair of pliers, etc.  The stains this creates around the pockets of his jeans are grimy, greasy and tough, and even using expensive detergents and pre-treaters, I have not been successful in removing it completely.  I was anxious to give the Zout a chance to tackle this problem.

Pre-treating our grimy grease stains on work jeans.

I pre-treated the stained areas, applying Purex Complete with Zout Stain Remover and then allowing it to set for one hour.  I then threw the jeans in with a regular load and found that they still had a faint gray haze of the stain.  I wasn’t really upset or surprised, as the original stain had been washed and dried many times and then re-stained at work that day.  After a second wash, the gray haze was still visible, but lighter than when I started.  My conclusion was that tough stains that have been through your washer and dryer multiple times, already, may not be able to be removed with this new product.

I only pre-treated one side of the jeans, so I would be sure to be able to see the effects, if any, that the Zout Stain remover had on our set-in stain. In keeping with my menopausal absentmindedness, I spaced taking an "after" picture of the greatly faded stain. I will definitely get one if I conduct this test, again, with my brand-spanking-new washing machine.

My second test of long-term stains was tomato sauce on a t-shirt.  Like the jeans, this shirt had been washed and dried previously.  By the time I caught it, the stains were set.  I used the Purex Complete with Zout Stain Remover to pre-treat the orangey stain and after an hour, washed it in a regular load.  The stain was not removed completely, but is much fainter, so my results were pretty much the same.

Regular laundry and stained items that had not been through my dryer, first, washed up beautifully, without even needing to be pre-treated.  I will also say that my washing machine was languishing, near death, (It exploded and created a small flood on  my laundry room floor, on Friday.  Oy!) when I conducted these tests.  David installed a new high-efficiency washing machine for me over this past weekend, so my results may very well be different with this better machine and I may try again to remove some set-in stains.  I’ll update this post if I do.

So, overall, Purex Complete with Zout Stain Remover did everything I expected it to do and almost succeeded in doing what I hoped for, but didn’t expect.  It smelled wonderful doing it ( I tested the Fresh Morning Burst scent.) and as always, it’s a budget-conscious product that can easily be found at your local Wal-Mart or Target.  For those with sensitive skin, or allergies to fragrance, this economical and effective product is also available in a Free & Clear variety.  It works in conventional OR high efficiency machines, too.  The great news is you can receive a FREE SAMPLE for yourself or win one of two full-size bottles that Purex is giving away, here at Busy-at-Home.  The winners will receive a coupon, by mail, for a full-sized bottle!

Giveaway Rules:

Entrants must be 18 or older and residents of the U.S. to participate.  Mandatory Entry must be completed for any additional entries to be counted.  Deadline to enter is midnight (CST) Sunday, May 8, 2011.  Winners will be selected at random, using random.org.

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In a comment, below, share your most challenging stain story.

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  7. Post this giveaway on your Facebook pageEnter to win a FREE full-sized bottle of new Purex Complete Laundry Detergent with Zout Stain Remover. http://busy-at-home.com/blog/purex-complete-with-zout-stain-remover-review-and-giveaway/ Leave a comment below with a link to your post.
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I received a full-sized bottle of Purex Complete with Zout Stain Remover in order to conduct this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own. Purex has supplied two coupons for FREE full-sized bottles of Purex Complete with Zout for the giveaway winners.

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