Today as part of the Arm and Hammer Switch and Save Challenge, I’m talking about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart… saving money on laundry.
Here is a short “laundry list” of money saving tips:
- Don’t use too much detergent. Too much is not only wasteful, but it can also irritate your skin if not rinsed completely. This is particularly important when using a front load washer. I’ve had to experiment with the right amount for my loads and washer… too little and the clothes come out dingy, too much and the clothes are itchy.
- Speaking of detergent, last month I switched to Arm and Hammer Plus Oxiclean Power Gel Detergent. Even with the upswing of dirty summer laundry, it continues to impress. Arm and Hammer detergent is already economical, but using coupons makes it an awesome deal. Just click over to Arm and Hammer’s Savings Center to download coupons.
- I never use fabric softener. Baking soda is a good fabric softener when added to the load. So is vinegar when added to the rinse. Both options are cheaper… and work wonderfully.
- When your washer and dryer go kaput like mine did about 4 years ago, buy a high efficiency set. We opted for a HE front loader washer and a gas dryer. We paid more than we wanted, but noticed immediate savings on our electrical and gas bills. Not only do the front loaders use significantly less water and energy, they are much gentler on clothes, so your clothes last longer. I also use MUCH less detergent than before, and that’s a big money saver too. It took some time, but our set has definitely offset the initial cost.
- Forgo the dryer and hang your clothes out on a line… because sunshine is free. I use a folding drying rack which I move outside in the summer. In the winter I use it in my family room, which you would think wouldn’t look the best, but I kinda like the homey feel… and the humidity it puts in the air. If you are looking to install a clothes line there are several options. My mom has used a Retractable Clothesline for years. It is installed on her house and when needed, is extended to the hook on her wooden fence post. They are particularly nice because when not in use, they are completely out of the way. I’ve been wanting to install one in my backyard since my little folding stand just isn’t enough space for a whole load. Another option that I’m twitterpated over is called a Hills Hoist Clothesline. It’s on my wish list… but for now the $13 retractable line will suit me just fine
- Last but not least head over to the Arm and Hammer Switch and Save Challenge website, where you can find money-saving coupons and be sure to enter for a chance to win $25,000!
This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Save $1.00 on any 2 ARM & HAMMER Laundry Detergents. And be sure and head over to The Switch & Save Challenge for the chance to win $25,000.