Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saving Money in the Laundry Room

For a long time I was using a homemade laundry soap, you can find the recipe for that here. You'll also find a homemade fabric softener recipe that I used just about as long as the homemade laundry soap. I believe using these recipes is a great way to save money on laundry detergent and fabric softener!! I used these for quite some time. We were trying to save money wherever we could and I would recommend it to anyone who is in a place where they don't have lot of extra to spend.

As I've gotten more and more into couponing and have a little more freedom in my grocery budget (because of stockpiling), I have been buying store bought detergent for several months now. I've mostly been finding All Laundry Detergent at a good price ($1.50 or less for a 32 load bottle) and Snuggle Fabric Softener for $1.00 or less!! Will I always be able to get these awesome prices?? I don't know.

BUT one thing I've noticed with using liquid laundry detergent is that I get somewhat careless when pouring in my laundry soap. I end up going past the appropriate line and using more detergent than necessary, or required. I was going through my detergent way more quickly than I should.

So I've been experimenting with my laundry detergent and liquid fabric softener and being very careful about making sure I only fill it to the appropriate line. If I over pour, I pour the extra back in the bottle rather than just dumping it in the washer. It is AMAZING how much longer the detergent lasts! Maybe you've all figured this one out already...but it doesn't pay to to be careless when measuring out your liquid detergent or softener.

And I've not tried this yet, but I've read where another blogger only uses half of what is quoted on the bottle per load...therefore making her detergent last TWICE as long as the bottle says. She says her clothes get just as clean. Have you ever tried this? Do you think it works well?

Do you have an money saving tips when it come to laundry?


  1. i cut my dryer sheets in half. they work just as well as the full sheet! i've read where you can cut them in quarters, but we always do extra-large loads, and i'm too nervous to try it out. -leah

  2. Thanks Leah! Thanks for sharing!!! :) I know of a couple of people who have mentioned doing that before. Never heard of quarters though. You could try it once and see what you think!?