How to Save Money on Laundry Detergent
Here’s a quick and dirty (ha!) post breaking down the cost of doing your laundry, and how to save money on laundry detergent with a couple of habit tweaks. By following these tips, you can save over $1,900!
1) Laundry loads don’t require as much water as you think. Especially if you have a top-loading washing machine like I do, set the water level to ‘small’ for a load you would otherwise describe as ‘medium’ sized. You will get the same cleansing results. Also, front-loading washing machines are much better on water consumption and will reduce your hydro bill. Invest in one if you can afford to!
2) You also don’t need to use as much laundry soap as the label claims. The company wants you to use more so you have to buy it more often.
3) Buy in bulk to save HUGE!
For example, my mammoth jug of Purex laundry detergent costs me $16 at Costco, and yields 150 loads by the label, which for me is about 175 loads. The smaller version you buy at the grocery store or pharmacy costs $10 and yields 32 loads on the label.
Assuming you use the recommended amount to yield the loads they state on the label, here’s the cost differential over the course of a year. If you stretch the detergent like I do, you’ll save even more!
Giant Costco jug of Purex laundry detergent
$16 / 150 loads = 11 cents per load
3 loads of laundry each week = 32 cents per week
32 cents x 52 weeks a year = $16.60/year. Basically 1 jug a year!
Regular bottle of Purex laundry detergent
$10 / 32 loads = 31 cents per load
3 loads of laundry each week = 93 cents per week
93 cents x 52 weeks a year = $48.36/year
Over the course of a lifetime of buying laundry detergent (say age 20 through 80), that’s $1,905 you don’t need to have spent. AAAAAAAH! Do the math and check unit prices, I can’t emphasize that enough.
Do you have any tips or tricks for how to save money on laundry detergent that I didn’t mention here? Let’s chat in the comments!