Save Money on Laundry- Even at the Laundry Mat!

Laundry is something you either love doing or absolutely hate doing! One thing is for sure though...It costs money no matter where you do it.

If you are doing laundry at home you are paying higher costs on the power during certain hours. There are some really easy ways to keep power costs down. Doing laundry at the laundry mat and your paying per use. So lets at least lower what it is costing you.

Since laundry is something that will always be on our to-do lists this is one area you can cut down costs and save yourself some money!

1. Full Loads ONLY

Don't waste power or your money by putting in a less than full load. Hold off on a load of laundry until you have a full load.

2. Use dryer balls
Dryer balls have cut my drying time saving me money and power. Personally, I use the wool balls, I have used the hard blue plastic ones and hated them. There are so many brands to choose from. After trying 3 types of dryer balls I stuck with Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer balls which can be bought on Amazon.

3. Invest in a drying tree 
When I moved from a 5 bedroom house with a yard to a condo  I realized just how much I missed having a spot to dryer clothes without using the dryer. Laundry drying tree's come in all kinds of shapes and sizes to fit your needs. They can be set up in doors and even on a balcony.

4.Use vinegar as softener
Vinegar is amazing for so many things. Here is a great tutorial on how to make your own solution of scented vinegar laundry softener

5. Make your own laundry soap
Wellness Mama has a great recipe for making your own laundry soap. 

If you want a Borax free formula then Mommy Potamus has an awesome alternative recipe.

6.Never forget dryer lint
Always check the lint trap before starting the load and at the end of the load. If you are passing by the machine during a load, open it up clean it out and re-start. 

7. Don't trust kids dirty laundry
When it comes to just grabbing your kids laundry basket and throwing it in...don't! 3 boys taught me that anything that they don't feel like putting away ends up in the dirty laundry. Still folded clothes find their way there too! Sort it and check it before doing it. You will save yourself extra work and a waste of a laundry load.

8. Use the shortest cycle
If your load is not covered in mud dirt and grime, then select the shortest cycle. Don't waste your money running a 4-minute load for just slightly dirty t-shirts.

Do you have a trick to saving money on doing laundry? We want to know! Leave us a comment below and enlighten us all! 
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