Laundry can be expensive. Between the washer and dryer, electricity, water, and soap the costs really add up if you do 5 loads a week like my family does. In this three part series , the Art of Being Cheap looks at ways to cut your laundry costs to save big money. In part 1 we look at saving money on washing machines, in part 2 we look at saving money on dryers, and in part 3 we look at saving money by making your own laundry detergent.
At my local Target store, a bottle of high efficiency tide costs about $12 and is supposed to clean 64 loads of laundry, which adds up to about $0.19/ load. You can save a lot of money on laundry detergent by making your own. Here is the recipe we used. A box of borax cost us $4, and there is enough to make 9 batches of laundry detergent, so that costs about $0.44 to make a batch. A box of washing soda cost us $3, and there was enough to make 6 batches, so that costs about $0.50/batch. If you can find a bar of soap for $1, that means that this recipe costs a little less than $2 to make. If you use 1/2 cup per load, you can get 64 loads out of a batch at a cost of about $0.03/ load for a savings of $0.16/ load over buying tide. You can calculate how much you would save by making your own laundry detergent here:
So, that’s how to save money on laundry. Happy washing!