It’s something that we do on a weekly basis, if not more. Washing our clothes is one of those chores that need to be done week in and week out. Since it is one of the activities that needs to be done on a regular basis, making a few changes in your habits on how you wash clothes can end up saving quite a bit of money over the course of the year. By adopting some of the tips listed below, you can make sure that all your clothes get clean while keeping some extra money in your wallet.
Table of Contents
- Wash In Cold Water
- Choose Warm Over Hot
- Correct Setting
- Don’t Over-Wash
- Don’t Wash If It Doesn’t Need Washing
- Don’t Wash Your Cat
- Extra Spin Cycle
- Full Loads
- Load Size
- Pop The Cap
- Pretreat Clothes
- Set Rinse Cycle To Cold
- Try Store Brand Detergent
- Use Half
- Use Vinegar
- Use Wash Bags For Delicate Clothes
- Warm Water Pre-soak
Wash In Cold Water
Unless your clothes are heavily stained, there is no reason to wash in warm or hot water. Most detergents these days get clothes clean in cold water, and unless you see that your clothes aren't getting clean in cold water, you should always set the washing machine to use it. If you do a load of laundry a day, using the cold setting will save you more than $100 a year over using hot water.
Choose Warm Over Hot
The best option to save money is to do a cold/cold wash, but if your clothes are quite dirty and the cold wash doesn't seem to be getting them clean enough, opt for a warm/cold wash rather than a hot/cold wash. In mot cases the change to a warm wash will get all but the dirtiest of clothes clean, and it will save approximately $50 a year over washing the same loads in hot water.
When washing clothes, be sure to use the correct setting for the type of clothes that you're washing. If you happen to be washing a load of delicate clothes, make sure to set the machine to "delicate" rather than leaving it on the default "heavy cotton" or "regular" setting. Setting your washing machine to the correct setting for the type of clothes that you're washing will use the least amount of energy getting them clean while helping the clothes last longer.
When you decide to wash clothes that aren't very dirty, don't set the washing machine to do a full, heavy-duty cycle. if the clothes only need a light cleaning, use the proper setting, Clothes that aren't dirty don't need to be washed nearly as long as dirty work clothes.
Don’t Wash If It Doesn’t Need Washing
This may sound obvious, but it happens far more often than it should. if you try on clothes, but decide not to wear them, put them back into the closet rather than into the wash. Clothes that have only been worn a short period or just tried on don't need to be washed. Just because you take it out of the drawer doesn't mean it should automatically be placed into the wash pile.
Don’t Wash Your Cat
Anyone who has a cat knows that they love to rest among clothes. Be sure that when you're doing your wash, your cat isn't actually in the washing machine. This isn't good for the cat or the washing machine, and will likely cause severe trauma to both.
Extra Spin Cycle
Check to see if your washing machine has the option to do an extra spin cycle. If it does, always opt to do this. By putting the clothes through an extra spin cycle, more water will be removed from the clothes which will mean that it'll take them less time to dry when [placed in the dryer](http://www.savingadvice.com/tips/4/money-saving-tips/93/drying-clothes.html). This shorter amount of time in the dryer will result in more money saved as the dryer will not need to use as much energy to get the clothes dry.
When you have the option, always opt for doing full loads in the washing machine. You use less water and there is less wear and tear on the machine when you do a full load of laundry as opposed to doing several smaller loads. Just be sure not to overload the washer as this can cause damage and clothes won't get as clean.
While it's always makes better money sense to wash full loads of laundry over smaller loads, there are times when this might not be possible. If you must wash a load that doesn't fill the machine, be sure to choose the correct load size. Most washers come with load size options.. By using the correct load size setting, the machine will use less water and save money over leaving it on full load.
Pop The Cap
If you use liquid laundry detergent, pop off the pour cap before you throw the bottle into the recycle bin, The plastic pour caps on many liquid detergents are made in such a way that there is still detergent in the container that doesn't come out well. By taking off the cap, you can often get another couple of loads worth of detergent out of the bottle.
If you have clothes that have stains which will be difficult to remove, take the time to pre-treat these clothes. By pre-treating them, you won't waste money having to wash them multiple times to get out any stains that they have. pre-treating the difficult stains will allow you to get them out in a single wash rather than several.
Set Rinse Cycle To Cold
Most washing machines these days have the rinse cycles set to cold water, but there are still some that allow you to rinse in warm or hot water. If your machine offers this choice, don't do it. Always set the rinse cycle to cold. Rinsing in warm or hot water will do little to nothing to get your clothes cleaner, and it's simply a waste of money. In addition, cold water rinses will help to keep the color of clothes brighter than with warmer rinses which can make colors fade more quickly costing even more money in earlier clothes replacement costs.
Try Store Brand Detergent
When you have the opportunity to buy detergent at a discount because of a sale or because it is generic, give the less expensive option a try. Most washing detergent works pretty well these day and brand doesn't make a significant difference when washing clothes. learning what less expensive brands will get your clothes clean just as well as pricier brands will allow you to save a lot of money each year on the cost of detergent.
Take the time to learn how much laundry detergent you truly need to get your clothes clean. Commercials will imply that you always need to use a full scoop, but the reality is that you can get your clothes clean with far less. It will take some experimentation to find what amount works best o get your clothes clean, but it will be far less than a full scoop and once you find the optimal amount for you machine, you will save a lot in detergent costs to get your clothes clean.
If you add fabric softener to your wash loads, try replacing it with vinegar. Vinegar should soften your clothes just as well as commercial fabric softeners for a fraction of the price.
Use Wash Bags For Delicate Clothes
When washing any type of delicate clothing, take the time to place them into net bags before throwing them into the washing machine. Doing so will protect them during the wash from getting damaged. This way your delicate clothes will last longer and won't need to be replaced as often. The cost of the wash bags will pay for themselves many times over in saving your dedicates from a premature demise.
Warm Water Pre-soak
With everyone used to doing laundry the same way, people often forget the effectiveness of pre-soaking clothes. Most machines have pre-soak option. If you have tried both cold and warm washes and you feel that your clothes still aren't getting clean enough, opt for a warm pre-soak over a hot wash. A warm pre-soak should get your clothes cleaner than even a hot wash would and you save money in the process.