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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.

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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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,...
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  • 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 worth $50-100, and more if you keep it running even longer!
  • 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 running in new clothes, whiten whites, remove lint and static cling, kill bacteria and odors, remove soap [...]
  • 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 course of a year (and an average of 400 loads of laundry for a typical household) you'll save $150 [...]
  • 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 shrink less. Drying clothes inside on racks will help humidify dry winter air inside the house, too.  [...]
  • 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.