10 Ways to Save Money on Laundry
Laundry drains time and money, whether it's done at home or at a laundromat. According to The Simple Dollar, the cost per load at a laundromat is more than $3, while the cost per load at home is 97 cents (not counting equipment costs). These tallies include travel (to a laundromat), energy (to run the washer and dryer), and water (in a home setting) but exclude the cost of laundry detergent and fabric softener. These necessary ingredients up the ante. Tide Original costs $14 at Amazon for 50 fluid ounces, which theoretically lasts through 32 loads of laundry and adds 28 cents to the cost of each wash. For 240 sheets of Bounce, Amazon charges $12, or 5 cents per sheet/load.
The grand total for each load of laundry: $3.45 at a laundromat and $1.30 at home. Multiply that by the number of loads you do each week, and, well, it's a lot of quarters. There are ways to wring out excess costs.
When opting for a dryer, cut costs by using dryer balls instead of fabric softener. Sure, dryer sheets are fairly cheap, but reusable dryer balls start at a little more than $7 for a set of four on Amazon. They can be used for more than a year to soften clothes and decrease drying time -- without harmful chemicals and lint buildup in dryer vents and lint traps.