It is important to live as frugal as you can when living with a chronic illness. It is possible to cut costs in every part of your life and home. After a successful post of frugal living tips in the kitchen, I decided to cover frugal living tips for the laundry. Here are 11 laundry tips to save money.
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Living with Chronic Illness is Expensive
One of the facts I point out in many of my posts is how expensive it can be when living with a health condition. The office visits, emergency room visits, prescription medicine, and other ‘out of the ordinary’ costs related to a health condition can accrue a lot of bills and will become, unfortunately, a necessary expense.
Tackling these expenses each month has made me more aware of my family’s spending habits. I’ve learned to change my ‘got to have it all now’ habits into a more frugal ‘do we really need it’ habit. We have noticed huge differences with these small changes as well as earned some extra income along the way.
11 laundry tips to save money
1.Homemade Laundry Detergent
Make homemade laundry detergent or use concentrated laundry detergent such as Tide Pods. Remember, less is more!
2.Shorter Washing Cycle
Use the shorter washing cycle when washing clothes. It will get your clothes just as clean as the regular cycle, but will drastically cut your water and electric costs.
3. Use a Clothes Rack
After washing your clothes, hang them on a clothes rack for a few hours to get them almost completely dry then toss them in the dryer for a few minutes to get out the wrinkles. This will cut your drying time from one hour to ten minutes. Want to hang them inside and save on space? Try a collapsible indoor drying rack.
4. Auto Dry
Use the ‘auto dry’ feature when drying clothes to save on electricity.
5. Ditch the Dryer Sheets
Use Woolzies – wool dryer balls – as a reusable natural fabric softener. Wool dryer balls soften naturally with no chemicals or synthetics (perfect for sensitive skin and babies). They shorten drying time, lasts for over a thousand loads, saves energy, and are eco-friendly. Add some essential oils to add a touch of scent for calming effect, but when using essential oils be sure to use the cool air or air dry option – no heat.
6. Do a Full Load
Wait to wash clothes when you have a full load rather than a few small loads. Combining smalls loads, when possible, saves on water and electricity.
7. Use an energy saving washer and dryer.
8. Laundry Day
Set a designated day to wash clothes, and make the family aware of that day. This will prevent small loads being washed several times a week.
9.Adjust the size of the load accordingly on your washing machine.
10. Cold Wash
Use cold water when washing clothes. Cold water will get the clothes just as clean, and will save thousands of gallons of water annually and reduce energy used to heat up the water.
11.Ditch Fabric Softener
Use vinegar as liquid fabric softener in your washing machine.