Saving money around the house just makes sense. Here are some quick tips on saving money while doing the wash, plus a recipe for homemade laundry detergent.
- Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible, as it saves about 30 cents per load. Always be sure to use a cold water rinse. The exception to this would be cloth diapers, underwear, kitchen and bath towels and bedding which should be washed in hot water.
- If not hanging laundry to dry on a clothes line, be sure to wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the small load water-level setting.
- Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
- If you have heavily soiled or greasy clothes, try washing in warm water first.
- Plain white vinegar can be used in the washer to reduce static cling.
- For whiter towels and soft sheets, use 1/4 cup baking soda in each wash load.
- If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it to avoid over drying your clothes.
- Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation and prevent fire dangers.
- Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.
- Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.
This is an easy to make recipe for laundry detergent using easy to find ingredients.
1 cup soap flakes
1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda – sodium carbonate
1/2 cup borax
- Using a regular cheese grater, grate a bar of pure soap – Ivory, Castile or Fels Naptha soaps. One 5.5 ounce bar will make about one cup of flakes.
- In a large, resealable container, combine 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate) and 1/2 cup borax. Washing soda is hard on the skin so wear rubber gloves to protect yourself.
- Mix ingredients well. Keep dry in a sealed container. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load of laundry in a top load washer. Use 2 tablespoons in a front-load washer.
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