Ladies, as a domestic goddess, it’s hard not to think about the money. Whether it’s cheap cleaning products or the grocery bill, bona fide family women care about the cost. Laundry, though, is one area where people seem to give up and accept the price. After all, you can’t argue with the Washbowl over their prices, and it is less hassle to pay a few bucks to avoid the stress. Sadly, this is the attitude which ends up costing the household a small fortune in the long run. So, this is a calling to domestic goddesses around the world: it’s time to LOL all the way to the bank.
These are the tips which will make it happen.
Bag A Bargain
Let’s start with the laundry essentials such as detergent. Sure, the cost of using machines in a laundry mat might be non-negotiable, but the value of powder isn’t. Glossy adverts will entice you into buying the name-brand stuff because it is more effective according to the TV. As a rule, this isn’t the case because detergent is pretty much the same regardless of the manufacturer. So, the cheap and nasty powder from the supermarket is a savvy purchase, as is low-cost fabric softener. Also, measure out the amounts to avoid overusing detergent and softener.
Cut Down On Washes
The simplest way to save money is to stop washing clothes and delicates. Obviously, they need a regular spin in the washing machine, but they don’t need to go in two or three times a week. Anything more than once every seven days is overkill and is costing money. And, the great news is there are straightforward and basic ways to avoid hitting up the laundry mat. Do you children wet the bed? Then check out DryandCool for incontinence pants. Do you need one item washing? Okay, fill up the sink and do it the old-fashioned way. Or, wait until there is a load full and then press go. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Forget The Tumble Dryer
A washing machine is essential, but a dryer is a luxury because there are alternatives that are free. The best one is to hang clothes on a washing line and let the wind do the rest. Now that it’s winter, it’s harder to do as there might be a shower of rain. Still, the winter sunshine will get rid of any moisture in no time at all, so get ready for a weather window. Another trick is to put a load on radiators or by a log fire.
Throw Things Away
How often do you ask the question: “do I need this?” Firstly, it stops you from buying extra clothes that are unnecessary and add to the laundry costs. Secondly, it helps you throw away items that are old and not needed any longer. Whichever option you choose, having a smaller wardrobe means there is no reason to wash clothes constantly.
Laundry can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be with the advice above.
**This was a collaboration post