Laundry is one of those things that just never ends. Learn how to save money on every load by cutting costs on detergent, water, and electricity.


  • Only run the washer when there is a full load
    Although most washing machines have settings for various load sizes, a small load still uses the same amount of electricity as a large load. Invest in a multi-compartment hamper and use one compartment each for towels, lights and darks. Only do the [...]
  • Find other ways to dry
    Air drying is free. Plus, not only will your energy bill be lower, your clothes will last longer too. If you have no backyard or space for an outdoor clothesline, buy a few drying racks (see lots of ideas here). Clothes will last much longer, and [...]
  • Raid the cabinet: white vinegar is a cheap laundry booster
    White vinegar has tons of benefits for your laundry that you may not even know about! Best of all, it's cheap and easy to find.

    A cup of white vinegar added to the washing machine’s rinse cycle will brighten colors, prevent dye from [...]
  • Don't throw money away on wasted detergent
    Using more laundry detergent than recommended on the bottle is a waste of money. The clothes won’t get any cleaner with an extra capful of detergent. Be sure to read the recommended pour size, since the newer concentrated detergents often require [...]
  • Raid the cabinet: swap in baking soda for some of the detergent
    Baking soda or washing soda added to the wash can save a lot of laundry detergent. The minerals soften the water, increasing the power of the laundry detergent, so you’ll need to use less. Add ½ cup of soda at the beginning of the wash when using [...]
  • Cut dryer sheets in half, for double the life
    A half of a dryer sheet is all that's needed to soften fabrics - using the whole sheet is a waste. Cut them in half and stretch your money twice as far.
  • Use dryer balls instead of liquid fabric softeners
    Dryer balls are 3-inch round rubber balls with rubber spikes that, when placed with wet clothes in the dryer, help lift and separate laundry. This reduces drying time by up to 40% and the energy bills that go with it (about $50/year savings). They [...]
  • Clean the washer and save $50-100+
    Extend the life of the washing machine by regularly cleaning the dirt and lint from the screens where the hoses attach to the water supply. A washing machine lasts about 10 years and costs $500-1,000. Getting an extra year out of your machine is [...]
  • Clean the dryer and save $50+
    Reduce the likelihood of a clothes dryer breakdown. Clean the lint filter after each use, and the entire air duct once per year to avoid the risk of fire. This will also keep the dryer running smoothly and efficiently – thereby using less [...]
  • Never overload the washer
    It's tempting to try to save by squeezing a little more performance out of your appliances. However, overloading a washing machine is an invitation for a costly breakdown which will wash out any possible savings along the way. If you do need to [...]
  • Pretreat stains to keep your clothes longer
    Spilling chocolate or spaghetti on clothes doesn’t mean the end of your favorite shirt (and the desire to rush out and buy a new one). Pretreat stains before washing – they’ll be more likely to come out. For colors, use a stain removal agent [...]
  • Go with an ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher and washing machine, and only run it when full
    When buying a new dishwasher or washing machine, look for the ENERGY STAR rating. These will be more energy and water-efficient, saving money on water and electric bills. For dishwashers, skip pre-rinsing to save water and only run the dishwasher [...]
  • Wash clothes in cold water to save $150/year
    Washing clothes in cold water is a huge money saver. Almost 90% of the energy used to clean clothes can go towards heating the water. This is a simple tip to remember each time you do a load of laundry, and an immediate cost saver. Over the [...]
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