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Spin Your Laundry, Not Your Money

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Mandi Gilbert

Based on the amount of laundry we do at my house, I’m convinced there are people who live there that I haven’t met yet.

With small children who love playing in dirt, spill food constantly and eat messily, the dirty clothes pile up quickly! Now that our backyard has become their primary source of entertainment, I’m doing more laundry than ever, despite social distancing. I’m certainly not a domestic savant, but over the last few years I’ve pulled together a few money-saving tactics related to laundry.

1. Keep Cool

Unless our clothes are extremely gross (we’re working with a newly potty-trained toddler here!) I use cold water. This saves energy and keeps your clothes in better shape.

2. Fill Up

Make every load count by washing a full load. This reduces energy and water consumption, and I’ve found that it also saves me time. Be careful not to overload. It can be tempting to throw in a few extra towels, but if your washer is too full your machine won’t work efficiently.

3. Speed It Up

If you must do a partial load, check to see if your machine has a speed cycle. The quick-wash feature saves time and energy by spinning faster and using shorter cycles. This fast spinning extracts more water, which enables your clothes to dry faster. While some machines warn against using this cycle for larger loads, I live on the edge, using it often!

4. Dry Spell

I’ve been guilty of over-stuffing my dryer, and there is no reward! I’ve learned the hard way that this takes longer (more energy!) and leads to wrinkles. The clothes need room to tumble freely, so avoid this temptation! Also, don’t live by the timer. A full load may dry more quickly than you realize, so check the progress to avoid wasting dryer heat.

5. Measure Up

Carefully measure the right amount of detergent every time. If you “eyeball it” you will overuse it. My little guys have sensitive skin and I buy special (read: pricey!) detergent for them. Detergent costs can add up quickly, and we’re all trying to cut back on our trips to the store, so watch what you pour.

There are countless ways to save money on laundry, but these are my top five. For additional ways to save money, check out Ameris Bank’s savings advice, here!



By, Mandi Gilbert

Mandi Gilbert is the advertising and promotions manager at Ameris Bank. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, James, and their two young sons. She enjoys family time, creative writing, relaxing walks, and indulging in her guilty pleasure, reality tv.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.