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Laundry Day Savings

Save money with these laundry tips

To save money in the laundry room, use cold water and less water overall.

Unless the stains on your clothes are oil-based, warm or cool water in your washing machine will do just as good a job of removing them as hot water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Here are some ways to clean your clothes without cleaning out your bank account:

  • Wash clothes in cold water and use cold-water detergents.
  • Wash and dry full loads only. If you must run the washer before it’s full, adjust the water level so the whole machine doesn’t fill up unnecessarily.
  • Towels and heavy cotton items like jeans tend to take longer to dry than lightweight clothing. Don’t dry the two types together.
  • Let the dryer decide how long your clothes need to tumble. Newer models have moisture sensors and automatically stop the cycle when clothes are dry.
  • Clean the dryer’s lint screen after each load. Letting the lint build up creates a fire hazard.
  • If you have a high-efficiency washer, use detergents labeled “HE.” The American Cleaning Institute says these low-sudsing detergents clean clothes well in machines that use less water.