There are several ways we save on laundry around our household.
First is how often we do laundry. Here is how we choose what and when to wash an item:
1. The only time an item of clothing goes into the laundry basket is if it smells or if it has a spot on it. It is not an automatic worn once and then washed.
2. Bathroom drip rugs, and towels are washed about once a week or every other week, depending on how many uses. If they smell musty, they are washed. Or if someone is sick.
3. Sheets and pillowcases are washed about once a month, unless otherwise needed.
4. Hand towels and kitchen towels, napkins and washcloths, bathroom washcloths also are washed every 2-3 days.
5. Blankets are only washed if someone is sick or if they are stained, so, rarely.
6. Curtains are washed once or twice per year.
7. Underwear are put in the laundry after every use.
8. Rags are washed as needed.
All of this adds up to about 2 average sized loads per week for my husband and I. A little bit more on the weeks we wash the sheets or towels. The exception is if someone is sick, then clothing, towels, sheets and washcloths are washed daily or when the person is well, depending on how many other people would be touching the item. Our one child who still lives with us does their own laundry, so I am not counting that.
The second way we save is by using an efficient washer. In our tiny home we do not own a full size washer, but the washer we have uses very little water or electricity.
Third, we use a concentrated laundry soap, which lasts a very long time and saves money.
And finally, we hang our clothes to dry. In the winter, we put up a rack in the bathroom by the heater and hang closet clothes on hangers to dry. In the summer, the rack goes out on the patio and several loads can dry in a few hours. I love the way clothes smell after they are hung out to dry!
I hope this helps! If you have any laundry saving tips, share with us! We love to hear from you!