Money Saving Laundry Tips
Save More Money on Laundry
Try using cold water when you can—about 90 percent of the energy used by a conventional washing machine is used just to heat the water. Usually, washing in cold and warm water can be just as effective as washing in hot, unless you're battling some serious stains (which, like any mother of a toddler, I often am). Seventh Generation concentrated detergentworks just as well in cold as in hot water, and has helped me get some really tough stains out of my kids' clothes (greasy potatoes, anyone?).
Next, make sure to fill the washer up when you use it. No, this doesn't mean emptying out your sock drawer in order to fill up the load. It means waiting until you have enough to fill it up in the first place from the dirty clothes bin before you actually wash your clothes. Not only will you save water and energy; you'll end up with more time on your hands.
Another way to save electricity is to line-dry your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer. Or, if you prefer, put them in the dryer for just a few minutes, and then hang them up still damp. Not only will this help you save on your energy bill, but it will also help get the wrinkles out of your clothes (saving you time and precious energy on ironing).
While we're on the subject of dryers, do you use a fabric softener sheet each time you dry your clothes? I've stopped doing it, and with the exception of my towels, haven't noticed one bit of a difference.
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