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Lowering Laundry Costs

July 8, 2009 • Paige

Cut the amount of soap you use down to 1/3 of the recommended amount. Chances are you’ve been using too much detergent all along. Try running a regular load with no soap – you will see suds. Wash without detergent again, and you will still see suds!

Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to the rinse load in place of fabric softener. Vinegar helps the soap rinse out more completely, removes odors, and softens your clothes naturally for tenth the price of commercial softeners.

Hang wet clothes on a line or over a curtain rod, then tumble for a short time to finish drying. You can lower your energy bill by running your dryer on shorter cycles.

To make your clothes last longer, make sure to zip up all of your pants and jackets before tossing them into the washer. Open zippers cause extra wear and tear on your clothes in the washer and the dryer. The same goes for button-fly, too.

Try home made laundry soap. It costs a whole lot less than commercial detergents. I tried it and I’m never going back!!

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