We all have to do laundry, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to have clean clothes. Doing laundry is more expensive than most people realise. We do laundry so frequently, that even small savings per load could end up saving you a lot of money.

There are many simple things you can do to cut the cost of doing laundry. When you have more members in your household, it adds up to even bigger savings.

11 tips to save your family money on your laundry:

1. Air-dry your clothes

Do you have the space to air-dry your clothes or hang them on the clothesline outside? If you can avoid using a dryer, you can save approximately £100 each year. You will save money on your electric or gas bill, and your clothes will last longer. The heat and tumbling in the dryer can also damage your clothing.

2. Spin your clothes twice

The spin cycle exists to get the excess water out of your clothes. If you spin your clothes twice, you can reduce drying time.

3. Use cold water

While hot water works a little better, it costs more. The biggest cost of doing laundry comes from heating the water. You can save a bundle by choosing to go with cold.

4. Make your own laundry products

Be more eco-friendly, reduce your use of single-use plastic and save some pennies by making your own cleaning products. There are many online “recipes” for making your own detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners. These are a fraction of the cost of grocery store laundry soaps.

5. Use less detergent

Remember that the companies who make laundry detergent want you to use more than necessary. Then, you’ll have to purchase more.

Experiment with using less detergent. You’ll probably find you can use half as much.

6. Wash full loads

The electricity used to fill, agitate, and drain the washer is essentially the same, whether it’s a full or partial load. The same goes for rotating the drum on the dryer.

Save money by washing and drying more than just one pair of socks!

7. Cut your dryer sheets in half

Half of a dryer sheet is usually sufficient. Experiment to see what works best for you.

8. Clean the dryer trap

Excess lint will trap moisture in the dryer and cause your clothes to take longer to dry. The sooner the dryer shuts off, the less money it costs you.

9. Wash your clothes less often

Some individuals have outdoor jobs or those that require manual labor. But many others have jobs where they can avoid getting dirty or sweating excessively.

If you haven’t soiled your clothing, consider wearing items more than once between washes.

10. Purchase energy-efficient appliances

Washers and dryers differ by brand. There are washers that will handle larger loads and use less water. There are dryers that use much less energy. Sometimes these higher-efficiency units cost more, but the savings is worth it in the end. Do your research into energy-efficient appliances before you make any new purchases.

11. Adjust your settings

Wash your clothes at a lower setting. Try drying with lower heat. Every load of laundry doesn’t require elaborate settings.

Washing clothes is a chore that many perform on an almost daily basis. That’s why it’s so essential to cut costs wherever possible. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the extra money on something more entertaining than laundry? Help the environment and your family’s budget by applying these cost-saving tips whenever you do laundry.