There are many items that can be eliminated from the family’s weekly shopping trip when trying to save money, but laundry detergent isn’t one of them. We all need clean clothes to wear no matter how desperate we are to save a few dollars. Laundry detergent has risen in price in the last few years and there is no reason to think it will get any cheaper in the days to come. Fortunately, there are several ways in which to reduce the cost of laundry detergent and keep that area of the budget under control. Read on to see how you can begin saving money on laundry detergent this week.
Make Your Own Laundry Detergent. To obtain the most savings on laundry detergent, you can simply turn your back on the store bought variety and make your own. There are many homemade laundry detergents available, but most include mixing washing soda, Borax and a bit of a grated soap bar with hot water. Any recipe you use will reduce the cost of laundry detergent to mere pennies.
Find The Cheapest Brand That Works For Your Family. There is a range of prices when it comes to laundry detergent. You can easily spend up to thirteen dollars for a large container, or you can choose the less well known brand beside it for five or six. Many people have a partiality to a certain brand of detergent and simply refuse to consider buying anything else. If you are open to the idea of making a switch, give that lower end laundry detergent a try. If certain members of your family have skin allergies or sensitivities, this may not be a feasible option. However, if your family can withstand the change without any adverse affects, you just may find that a much lower priced detergent gets the job done just fine.
Reduce The Amount Of Laundry Detergent You Use Per Load. You can easily cut back on the amount of laundry detergent you use per load, no matter brand you favor. Cut the amount of detergent per size of load by one third less than the instructions printed on the container. I have employed this tactic for years and I have never seen any difference in cleanliness or freshness of our clothes.
Consider Washing Certain Items Less Frequently. Many clothing items need to be washed every time they are used, obviously, such as undergarments, but there are some items that can be worn more than once before taking a ride through the washer. Jeans, hooded sweatshirts and cardigan sweaters worn over tee shirts can easily be worn two or three times before washing. You may not have the freshness of a recent wash every time you wear them, but they certainly don’t need to be laundered every single time they are worn.
Be Ever Vigilant About Taking Advantage Of Sales And Specials. Laundry detergent frequently goes on sale and every brand occasionally offers the two for one special. Keep your eyes open for these type of deals and take advantage as much as you can. Clip coupons for your favorite brand of detergent and remember to use them.
Laundry detergent is a necessary item, but it doesn’t have to be the one that breaks your budget. Employing one or more of these tips will help you save money, without sacrificing the cleanliness of your family’s clothes.