Besides the five furries, our household consists of Jeff and I. Here are my tips for keeping laundry costs to a minimum…or at least as low as they can be.
1. One towel per week, for one person. If you hang them up decently after use, and they dry good – there is no reason why you need more than one in a seven day period.
2. If your clothes seem clean, hang them up – and spray softly with a light perfume.
3. This is pre-emptive, but…don’t buy clothes that need dry cleaning. And if you do buy these (at a thrift store of course), try the gentle setting on your washing machine. It can work wonders.
4. Hang your clothes to dry properly – put them in the dryer for a short while, say for 20 minutes – and then onto a hanger. It reduces the time you use your dryer, and will reduce wear and tear on the items.
5. Wash all of your “important” t-shirts inside out – for me, these would be my WWE and Lightning shirts – and dry on hangers. Trust me, I have shirts from 2001 that still look brand new.
6. For your important interests, consider doing clothes in relevant colors. Last spring, I wore only blue with everything I owned while the Bolts were in the playoffs.
7. If you have outside cats, or animals – as we do – use hot water and one squirt of dish washing detergent on the blankets, towels or whatever their bedding is. Trust me, this is just fine.
8. When you have a container of detergent that is almost empty, run a bit of water in the bottom of it – and you will have enough for a small or light load.
9. Truthfully, if you wear your socks for only a short while – wear them again. Give them a blast of perfume for good measure.
10. Never, ever leave a load in the dryer too long. If you do, you might have to repeat the load, getting it wet and drying it once more. You don’t want to do this.