6 ways to save money on your laundry – expert tips for a great wash at even better costs

1. Wash Less Frequently

It is safe to say that laundry is many people's least favorite chore around the house, so you may be thrilled to hear that one of the best ways to save money on laundry is to simply do it less often. 'My top tip is simply just to wash your clothes less!' says Kathleen Bell, Smol’s sustainable cleaning expert. 'Unless it is underwear or you’ve been sweating a lot, most of our clothes don’t need washing after one or even two wears. Outer garments, like jumpers, for instance, may only need washing every five or six wears.

2. Cut Back On Laundry Products

Not only does cutting down on laundry detergent help save clothes from horrid soap build-up, but can help to save money too. 'People use way too much laundry detergent,' says professional cleaner Sara San Angelo, The Cleaning Lady.  'All you need is one tablespoon for a regular load and two for a large. A little goes a long way with laundry soap and it is going to save you a ton of money.'

3. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Unless the laundry symbols on your garments say that your clothing needs specific cleaning agents, the chances are you can make your own laundry detergent at home. There are hundreds of recipes out there for different needs, often using things you already have laying around your home.

4. Wash With Colder Temperatures

Getting the temperature right on a washing machine is something that many people struggle with, however, it is usually a lot more simple than you think.

5. Get To Know You Machines Settings

When it comes to organizing a laundry room, it is always a good idea to keep your washing machine manual close at hand so you can refer to it as and when you need it.

6. Air Dry Your Clothes

Once you know just how much it costs to run a tumble dryer, you will likely be looking for cheaper alternatives to getting your clothes dry. 'Air drying is a great way to save money while doing the laundry and your clothes come out smelling naturally fresh and clean,' recommends Sara San Angelo.

7. Skip The Ironing

Being told to avoid ironing is likely music to many people's ears, but if you are looking to save a little bit more on laundry, cutting ironing could make a small difference. When you have completed your laundry simply hang your items out for creases to drop. For items that are heavily creased, consider hanging your clothes in your bathroom as you shower, allowing the steam to help the creases drop.

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