Save money on each load of laundry

            If you want to save money in the laundry room, use less water and use cold water.

            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 your clothes in cold water and use cold-water detergents.
  • Wash and dry full loads. 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. So don’t dry them together.
  • Let the dryer decide how long your clothes need tumble. Newer models have moisture sensors and can automatically stop the cycle when the clothes are dry.
  • Clean the dryer’s lint screen after every load. Letting the lint build up can create a fire hazard.
  • If you have a high-efficiency washer, use detergents labeled “HE.” The American Cleaning Institute says those low-sudsing detergents clean clothes well in machines that use less water.