Frugal Family

5 Money Saving Tips To Slash Your Weekly Laundry Costs

As a frugal family, we try and cut the costs of pretty much everything we do. The best way to start saving money around the home is by looking at what’s causing you to spend the most. Believe it or not, but something as seemingly innocent as washing your clothes can be a real money drainer!

That’s right, doing your laundry can be stupidly expensive when you add up all the costs. Think about the energy you use when your washing machine is on for a few hours, then you use up even more when you put the dryer on. Not to mention the cost of buying detergent all the time, fabric softener; the list is endless.

With just a few changes, you can dramatically decrease the cost of doing your laundry. It may not seem like you save much at first, but if you keep track of it, you’ll be amazed at how much you avoid spending. So, here’s what you should do:

Ensure you have an energy-efficient washing machine

To start, you need to have an energy-efficient washing machine. Right away, this lowers the energy consumption with every wash, so you save on your energy bills. The highest energy rating is A+++, and you can still pick up a relatively cheap washing machine that boasts this rating. You may already have one with an excellent rating, but if you don’t, then you can trade in your old machine to help finance the new and improved one!

Avoid using your dryer where possible

Most people will use our dryer just because it’s there. But do you actually need to use it? Running a dryer for over an hour per wash can use up loads of energy. Not to mention the fact you buy things like dryer sheets and what not. Instead, air dry your clothes whenever you can. It’s easy to do this indoors during the wet months, then outside when it’s sunny. Once you ditch the tumble dryer, you really wont miss it. Even as a busy family of 6, we haven’t owned a tumble dryer for 5 years.

Don’t underload your washing machine

Did you know that your washer will use the same amount of energy regardless of how heavy the load is? With that in mind, you should fill each load up as much as you can. This lets you wash more clothes, so you can do one wash instead of two. Thus, energy is saved! Don’t over-stuff your machine though, as this can damage your clothes.

Wash on the coldest setting

Realistically, you don’t need to wash with warm water unless your clothes are really dirty or stained. Washing on the lowest setting will still get your clothes nice and clean, but you use less energy because the water isn’t heated. Therefore, the savings come in with every wash.

Mix colours and whites

This final tip links to the one about not underloading your washing machine. You may have half a load full of colours, and half a load full of whites. Normally, this requires two washes. As such, you use double the energy and twice as much detergent. If you invest in a colour catcher, then you can mix colours and whites. It means you can combine two loads into one, saving energy, and making your detergent last longer. Washing clothes on a cold wash will also drastically reduce the chances of colours running or even fading from washing.


If you’re serious about living that frugal life and saving lots of money, then turn your attention to your laundry habits. These tips will help you save money every time you wash and dry your clothes!


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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