Want to make washing powder go a little further? Wish that your tumble dryer used up less energy (& precious pennies)? Washing day can become pretty costly pretty quickly, particularly when you’re washing clothes for the whole family. Fortunately, at Two Little Fleas, we can do more than introduce you to the best bingo sites, we can also show you how to make laundry day cost less! Here are our top 5 tips.
1. Wear more, wash less
In the Western world we suffer from a pretty chronic case of over-washing. All-too-often we just chuck anything worn in the wash after just a day. This is not just bad for the environment and terrible for the longevity of your clothes, it’s also going to ramp up your laundry costs.
Essentially, if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it. If there are no visible stains and no nasty niffs, the item of clothing in question can go back into the cupboard for another round. Jeans, skirts and trousers in particular can be worn numerous times before they need a wash. Start being more economical with your washing and you’ll see laundry loads decrease rapidly, saving you time, energy and money.
2. Cool it, buster!
Unless you’re dealing with tricky stains, turn that temperature down. There’s no need to do regular washes at 60 degrees, switching to a 30 degree cycle will save you a packet when your energy bills come through. Even going for a cold wash is effective. If your clothes simply need a refresh, a cold cycle will work just as well as a warm one. Cool it down and slash your bills.
3. DIY detergent
Even supermarket own brand washing powder can be pricey, but making your own is super easy and super cheap. Here’s a helpful recipe which won’t cost you more than a couple of quid.
4. Big loads, smaller bills
Save up all of your laundry until you have enough to complete a very full load. This will save you water, energy, money and cut down on the number of loads you wash in a week.
5. Dry outside
Wait for a dry day to do your washing. Tumble dryers, whether at home or at the laundrette, cost a bomb in energy. Hang your washing outside or rig up a line inside in winter to get your laundry dry for free.
How do you and your family keep down the cost of your washing? Share your top tips with our readers or tweet our team @TwoLittleFleas.