Washing clothes for a family of 5 can be expensive. Or not so expensive.
A few ways I save on laundry:
1. I can spend $15 at S*ams for a big bucket of laundry detergent or I can spent approximately 52¢ to make the same amount.
I've posted before about how I make my own laundry detergent. I've done this pretty much exclusively for a year now and have had no problems (or complaints) at all.
2. I wash everything I can in cold water, year round. The only thing that gets hot water is the whites (occasionally) when I use the Yellow Out. I know it's cheaper to use cold water on the gas bill and it's more than likely easier on the clothing.
3. I usually (time permitting) hang most of our clothing* to dry year round. I do not have an outside clothes line. I have this:
Just a simple drying rack.
It's easy to put up in the pantry on laundry day. It holds almost 2 full loads of clothing if I'm mindful of how I position them.
Use the ends.
Here I've added hangers to add extra space.
The stuff is dry in a few hours unless the weather is icky and even then it's dry the next day. And I don't have to run the dryer, which saves on the electric bill. Plus, it's definitely easier on the clothing than machine drying. No shrinking!
The contraptions collapses to nothing when not in use. And is easy to put away.
*Towels and jeans get dried in the dryer. I've found that they tend to want to mildew if hung to dry inside.
ETA: You can find the info on washing soda (one of the ingredients in homemade laundry detergent) here. Thanks for bringing it up CharityGrace
For more frugal tips, be sure to visit Crystal at Biblical Womanhood.
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