I wish we were one of those AVERAGE families that only do about 400 loads of laundry per year. I’m guessing we are closer to the 600 range, since that’s closer to a dozen loads per week. I know, it’s sick and wrong, but, to be fair, and in the interest of full disclosure, I actually HAVE previously mentioned that I do not live with neat and tidy people. That being said, I want to be as careful as possible to take all the frugal measures I can, in the laundry room. There are several ways to help keep costs down as I attempt to keep my family presentable and sanitary. 🙂
- Always wash full loads. You will waste a lot of electricity, water (and gas if you have a gas water heater, like we do) by doing several small loads, as opposed to one or two full ones.
- Use cold water, whenever it is possible. We all want the cleaning and germ-fighting power of hot water for our towels, tough stains and whites, but for everyday washing without a lot of stain challenges, you’ll be amazed at what a good job cold water does with a good detergent, like Arm and Hammer Power Gel with OxiClean.
- Use a good detergent! Saving money is a big deal, especially in our present economy, but buying the cheapest product isn’t always the best value. If I have to wash something twice or more to get it clean, not only has a cheaper detergent not saved me money, it may have cost me even more, in electricity, gas and water costs. Finding a reliable detergent that can meet all your laundry needs in the first wash without buying additional products, like pre-treaters or stain removers, saves money in the long run and saves you time re-doing a job, that in my case, is not my favorite, anyway. Arm and Hammer Power Gel with OxiClean is a good example of a single product that can do multiple jobs in the laundry room.
- Use an energy efficient washing machine. When it comes time to replace your washer (Mine gasped it’s last and then belched a flood into my laundry room, last October.), look for a machine that has a good Energy Star rating to save on your energy costs to run it, but also look for a high efficiency machine that saves on water use, as well. Now, these efficient machines can be found in the same price range as conventional water guzzlers and it makes no sense not to make the switch. I’m loving my new LG high efficiency machine.
- Use the correct amount of detergent when you wash your clothes. Not enough and you run the risk of having to rewash a load, but too much is a problem, too, especially in high efficiency machines. HE machines have water pumps that can be adversely affected by high-suds detergents, so using the correct soap in the appropriate amount is critical to helping your machine function properly for a long time.
- If you are fortunate enough to have a clothesline, use it. This is actually an item you would never think of someone wishing for, but I do. The dollars you can save by simply hanging clothes on the line, rather than using a gas or electric dryer can be significant to your family’s budget. So, yes, in moments of weakness, I covet your clothesline. I’m working on that. 🙂
- Watch your local ads and online coupon sites for savings on the detergent that you know is the best value for your family’s cleaning dollar. Right now, you can print a coupon to save $1 on 2 of any Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent. (You’ll actually find $14 in coupon savings there.) I LOVE saving money!
So with a little pre-planning and thinking it through, you can save some money in the laundry room and put a few dollars back into your family’s budget. Remember, putting only $19.24 into savings, each week, nets you $1,000 by the end of the year! What fabulous, fun thing could your family do or give with $1,000? See, it’s definitely worth the effort and it won’t be hard to get your family on board when they recognize the excellent pay-off, from their frugal efforts.
This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Save $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents. And be sure and head over to The Switch & Save Challenge for the chance to win $25,000.