You can save a lot of money if you put a little thought into doing laundry. One of the biggest money savers for me is to make my own laundry detergent. I mix up a batch every 3 or 4 months and keep it in a pretty glass cookie jar next to the washer with a scoop in it. There are a lot of recipes online, but I keep it simple and use Ivory soap (can stock up when good coupons & sales come out), borax, and washing soda. That’s it. My laundry comes out nice and clean.
To save on drying, I highly recommend hanging your clothes to dry. I have an outdoor clothes line plus a drying rack in the basement for clothes/towels that will need a quick 10 minutes in the dryer to soften them when they’re dry. It isn’t that much work, and it sure helps my electric bill.
I also have a drying rack in my bedroom for delicates, wash cloths, and kitchen towels that don’t need to be thrown in the dryer to be softened. My sock drying rack is my favorite. It has a lot of clothespins attached to it so you can hang a lot of socks in a small space … perfect for rainy days.
if you’re going to buy a drying rack, spend a few more dollars on a metal rack rather than buying a wooden one. Wooden ones just don’t cut it for weekly use over a long period of time. I’m linking you to 2 of the racks I have. I love this one. I bought it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and it’s also on Amazon:
With some foresight and a little effort, you can lower your laundry bills and still get great results.