OK, when was the last time someone told you that you could actually save money by cleaning your clothes?
I confess I did a little play on words but it’s true. A more accurate introduction should have been ‘How you clean your clothes could save you money”
There are two ways our family saves an average of $35.00 – $75.00 PER MONTH Green Cleaning our clothes. That is PER MONTH, Score!!!!
The first step to green cleaning our clothes to save money is making our own laundry detergent. Sounds daunting? It’s not. You don’t need a fancy science chemical lab in the garage to make it either. Making our own laundry detergent follows my Three G principles :
1) It’s Good for me and my family (no harsh chemicals or synthetics)
2) It’s Good for the environment (biodegradable and non-toxic)
3) It’s Good for my pocket – saves me $$$$
Here is a short and simple recipe to get you started (a more detailed article about laundry detergent on a different post)
* 1 Part washing Soda (I normally use 1 cup)
* 1 Part Borax
* 1 Part Soap flakes
This simple recipe makes three cups. Load recommendations 1/4 c per load. Don’t know where to find washing soda and borax? Click here
Homemade laundry detergent saves me 50% of my detergent cost per load!! Which is the third most important requirement in my Three G concept. Saving $ is like icing on the cake compared to good for my family and the environment.
NOW the BIG savings. Have you ever heard “Nothing good comes easy” ? Well, it’s true. But how about this- Good things can come FREE? Would you be happy with free over easy?
This last tip saves our family of five $30.00 – $65.00 per month! Why the variation in price? Because your savings will have a lot of variables. How much you can save a month will depend on the following things:
1) How much laundry do you wash and dry per week? For my family it’s an average of (2) loads per day
2) How new is your dryer and how long your dryer runs per load
3) How much your power company charges per kilowatt- Our power company charges $0.11 per kilowatt during peak season and $0.09 in off-season
Dryers run on 220 volts, making them one of the biggest energy suckers in your home right along with; ovens, hot water heaters and heating & a/c units. To find out how much it cost to run your dryer (and other appliances in your home) you first have to know how much your power company charges you per kilowatt. You can do one of three things; 1- look on your current electric bill,2- call your electric company and ask, or 3- web search “how much does —– electric company charge per kilowatt”
After you have found the amount you pay per kilowatt go to this website to enter your calculations to get the total it cost you to run your dryer per month
(Insert Jeopardy music playing while you check for the kilowatt prices)
See how much money your dryer cost you per month?? Yeah so??? Be patient, I’m getting to it. This next tip is a new revolutionary invention, it doesn’t require any electricity, runs off of solar energy, cheap, and saves you money!!!
Want to know what it is?? Really??? Remember what i said- it’s not easy but it can be free. Still want to know ? Ok, ok here it is. Your solar, energy-efficient, money-saving, green laundry tip of the day:
This picture is an Umbrella Clothesline. I bought mine on Amazon for less than $50.00 and it paid for itself in less than (2) months. It was easy to install (we put ours in an umbrella stand we got at Walmart). It folds when not in use and holds two full loads of laundry at a time. During this time of year our clothes dry in less than three hours. Here is a link to the one I have
We didn’t have space for a traditional clothesline and our HOA has restrictions so this Umbrella Clothesline is perfect. Nothing beats the smell of line-dried clothes.
Couple of bonus tips: Add 1/4 c vinegar to rinse cycle to soften clothes and/ or add to dryer for 5 mins with tennis ball and a wet wash cloth to soften clothes
So there you have it. Two wonderful tips how cleaning your clothes can save you money.