How to Save Time and Money When Doing Laundry
Time and money are two of life’s most precious resources. You’ve surely felt, at one time or another, that they’re being wasted when you’re doing chores like laundry. Sadly, unless you’re employing housekeeping to your laundry for you, you’re going to need to spend at least some effort washing your clothes. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can use to speed up your laundry time, or at least make the time go by more quickly. Try these tips out on your next laundry day.
Do Your Laundry Less Often
Shocker: not all clothes need to be washed every time you wear them. You probably already knew that, but it’s something worth remembering, as you could be washing some of your wardrobe more than is really necessary. Plus, overwashing your clothes shortens their life – and can even damage some types of materials. Here’s a good article from GQ on how often you should wash certain clothes.
Sort During the Week
As a seasoned laundry veteran, you know that the actual washing and drying isn’t what takes the most time and effort. Rather, it’s the time you spend organizing your clothes before and after that eats up time, so cut down on your sorting work by figuring it into your daily routine. If you and your family are the type to throw all your clothes into a single hamper, think about making use of two hampers: one for whites and one for colors. On laundry day, you’ll be able to simply dump a hamper straight into the wash.
Use the Right Amount of Detergent
When you get ready to pour laundry detergent into your washing machine, how much are you dumping in? A whole cap’s worth? If so, might be using too much. Contrary to what you may believe, more detergent isn’t necessarily better, and it doesn’t mean cleaner clothes. Overusing detergent might even be harmful to your washing machine. So, be sure to read the directions written on the container and to measure carefully depending on how many clothes you’re washing. You’ll be saving a little money and extending the life of your washing machine.
Hang Your Laundry to Dry
The clothes dryer is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in your home, meaning it costs you more than almost anything else. However, running your clothes through the drying machine isn’t a necessary evil. You won’t save time, but you will save money by air drying your clothes rather than using a machine. Air drying your clothes in an apartment may pose a bit of a challenge, but it is possible with an investment in a clothing rack. Don’t fret the money you’ll be spending on a drying rack. You’ll be more than making up for it in money saved on your energy bill.
Be Productive While You Do Your Laundry
There’s only so much you can do to cut down on time spent doing chores. However, you can almost assuredly spend that time more efficiently and make it go by more quickly! If you don’t already multitask while doing your laundry, switch on your favorite TV show or music playlist to make the boring tasks fly by. Or, consider listening to a podcast or audiobook for something a little more informative. By picking up a hobby to do while you sort through clothes, you might even start looking forward to laundry day!