Laundry Tips For The Frugal Life

Laundry tips to help save money have certainly helped me out over the years. I hope these frugal living tips will help you too as they did me.

Every time I had to go and buy a box of washing powder I would flinch at the cost, as it seemed to me that all my weekly budget was going on cleaning products, which was so boring.

That is until my best friend, who has a much bigger family and therefore washing load every week, gave me these handy tips.

Laundry Tips

Handwashing - Now I don't mean that you have to do all your washing this way as that would take and age.

No, instead I do my smalls this way so that I don't have to use the washing machine for a small load. It doesn't take much time at all and I often use the opportunity to soak a few stubborn stains on other clothes too.

Reduce washing - Most clothes on a day-to-day basis don't really get dirty at all, especially if you are just in the house all day.

So why not reduce the amount of times during the week you change your clothes and so have less to wash each week.

Another good tip is to wear a tee shirt under your clothes so that body odour etc isn't transferred to your outer clothes. This was a great frugal tip given to me from a friend who hated washing and lived in a small flat where drying clothes was difficult.

Measure - Always follow the directions on the side of the box of detergent and measure out the required amount for your water type.

Dry Cleaning - If possible try not to buy too many clothes that require dry cleaning. If you do have clothes that require dry cleaning, only wear them when you need to (special occasion etc) and wear a tee shirt underneath to keep them fresh.

Once worn hang them up near an open window to freshen them. Look out for coupons and special offers at local dry cleaning stores.

Towels - Give everyone in the home there own towels and ask them to use them more than once during the week, laundry tips like this has saved me loads of washing over time as towels take up a whole wash all by themselves. After all a towel is only drying clean water off of a clean body.

Soap Powder - Buy the largest box of soap powder available and compare it's price to wash load capacity with similar products. You may find that the cheapest powder doesn't actually give you the best value per wash, as you may have to use more soap than with others.

Drying Clothes - If the weathers fine then dry your clothes outside if you can. This not only saves on electricity costs but also I think gives the clothes a lovely extra fresh smell.

Cleaning products - Don't be fooled by all those commercials telling you that you need to buy all these different products to get your clothes clean. Here are a few laundry tips as to how to make your own:

  • Fabric softener - 2 cups white vinegar, 2 cups of baking soda, and 4 cups of water
  • Bleach - Use ½ a cup of borax to a wash instead of using bleach.
  • Pre treat stain remover - ½ cup ammonia, ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda, 2 tbsp liquid soap, and 2 quarts water.
  • Laundry detergent - grate a bar of soap, ½ cup borax, 1 cup washing soda, 3 gallon of water.
  • Dryer sheet - Dampen an old clean sock with liquid fabric softener and put in your dryer with your load.

Stains - Always soak bad stains in cold water to loosen the substance before washing.

Every stain needs a different treatment (imagine if you had to buy all those different products for each stain, yikes). Instead use these laundry tips for stains.

  • Gum - Put garment in the freezer to harden the gum and then scrape off with dull knife.
  • Pen - Spray hairspray onto stain and work into it, then rinse in cold water.
  • Grease - rub talcum powder or cornstarch into the stain, then rub in a little shampoo before washing in the hottest water suitable for the item.
  • Blood - rinse in club soda and then in cold water.
  • Coffee/tea or grass - Rinse with white vinegar.
  • Sweat - Rub with lemon juice and water, then to remove smell add a little baking soda.

All these frugal living laundry hints and tips have saved me so much time, effort and money over the years. I always pass these ideas onto my friends and family because I know just how expensive doing the weekly wash can be. So if you know someone who had lots of washing every week, why not pass on these laundry tips and save someone else a whole heap of cash.

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