While we all want to do our laundry as quickly as possible, we also want to save money at the laundromat while we’re doing it. The good news is that there are many things you can do to save money. And as is the case with most money-saving tips, it’s not one big thing, but several small things that can help you do it. Here’s a look:
5 Money-Saving Tips at the Laundromat
1. Only Wash Clothes That Need it
You might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of garments that don’t need to be washed after wearing them just once. Button-down dress shirts, for instance, can be worn up to four times before needing to be washed. The same is true for pants. The bottom line is that the less laundry you do, the fewer loads you’ll have to pay for. So only do the laundry that you need to do.
2. Use Only the Amount of Detergent That You Need
One common mistake that people make at the laundromat is putting too much detergent in wash loads. In reality, you should adjust the amount of detergent that you use relative to the size of the load that you’re washing. This can help you save money on some of the other costs of doing laundry beyond just the wash and dry cycles.
3. Only Wash, Dry Full Loads
Though sometimes it’s inevitable, try not to do any partial loads of laundry. If you can, make sure that you’re only doing full loads. This way, you can spend less time at the laundromat and also less money on the number of loads that you do while you’re there.
4. Hang Dry if You Can
If you can skip the dryer – and the cost of it – altogether, do it. Not all clothes can be hung to dry, nor do many people like to hang dry many of their clothes. But the ones that can be hang dried will help ensure that you’re spending less time machine drying them – and there’s likely a cost-savings associated with this as well.
5. Take Advantage of Loyalty Rewards
If your laundromat offers any sort of loyalty rewards program, make sure that you enroll and take advantage of any perks that it offers. Even just getting one wash load free after you pay for 25 of them can help save you money in the long term. Don’t let any opportunity go wasted.