16 ways to save money in the laundry room
Much as you dread the thought of tackling the monstrous pile of dirty clothes lying in a corner of your home, the trouble is you just have to deal with it. Unless you plan on using Gold Dry Cleaner’s professional laundry services! We can pick up, wash, dry, and fold your garments within one day and return them to your stain and crease-free! Gold Dry Cleaners in Chelsea do everything in-house with guaranteed quality each time you place an order with us. However, if you prefer doing your laundry on your own, we have some helpful hints and tips that will help you save money doing your most dreaded chore!
- Wash your clothes in cold water
Heated water needs energy to reach the right temperature, which is quite costly. A cost effective way to do laundry is to use cold water instead. The market now has new laundry detergents which are highly effective even in cold water and are ideal to save you money over the long run.
- Wash full loads only
Do not run your washing machine while it is half full. It wastes energy because for each cycle, the machine consumes the same amount regardless of the weight of the load.
- Use shorter cycles
Use the quick wash or speedy wash setting on your washing machine to cut down on your water and energy bills.
- Wash clothes less often
Wear clothes more than once before washing them. This rule does not apply to underwear and socks though!
- Limescale removal
Your washing machine can have built up limescale inside the drum and pipe which prevents it from operating at its best. Get rid of this problem by descaling regularly.
- Make use of the sunshine
Especially in the Spring/Summer months, make use of the sunshine and fresh air to dry your clothes and cut back on using the tumble dryer.
- Invest in a clothes rack
Hang your clothes to dry on a clothes rack near the radiator in the cold Winter months. It might take longer but it is a cost effective way to dry clothes when you cannot make use of the clothes line.
- Dry laundry loads back to back
Your dryer stays nice and warm long after you have taken your load of clothes out. It is a good idea to put another load in to dry immediately after to prevent heating the dryer back all over again.
- Clean the lint filter
Clean the lint filter on your dryer to improve its efficiency and prevent build up of lint and debris.
- Avoid dryer sheets
Avoid dryer sheets by adding ¼ cup baking soda or a quarter cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle instead.
- Ditch the iron
Now this is one tip the ironing haters will find especially enticing. Use steam (in the bathroom while you take a shower) to get rid of wrinkles in your clothes instead of ironing them.
- Whip up a home made stain remover
Use 1 tbsp dishwashing liquid, 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp baking soda to whip up a home made stain remover that actually works! Save on stain removers from the stores by using this remedy to get rid of tea, blood, oil stains and more.
- Make your own laundry detergent
Laundry soaps and detergents can end up costing a hefty amount in your grocery run. Cut don on this expense by mixing 2 parts borax, 2 parts washing soda and 1 part soap flakes to DIY your own laundry detergent. Store in an airtight container.
- Buy generic brand names
If you are not a DIY person switch to grocery store own brand laundry detergents and softeners which are much cheaper than big brand offerings. Use ½ cup of baking soda to your wash loads for optimum results.
- Swap to distilled white vinegar
Instead of buying fabric softeners, switch to distilled white vinegar to get soft clothes minus the dent in the pocket.
- Take care of your clothes
Laundering and ironing your clothes is still much less expensive than buying new ones. Take care of your clothes by following care label instructions carefully to prevent common problems like shrinkage and discoloration. Better yet, leave the job to experts like Gold Dry Cleaners!