You’re standing in front of a mountain of dirty clothes at the laundromat, your pockets jingling with quarters, and you’re thinking, “There’s got to be a better way.” Well, guess what? There is! And we’re here to spill the beans, or should we say, detergent?
We’ve done the research, crunched the numbers, and tested the theories so you don’t have to. From adjusting washer settings to bringing your own detergent and making the most of customer loyalty programs, we’ve got a treasure trove of tips and tricks that will transform your laundry day from a money-guzzling chore to a budget-friendly breeze.
So, get ready because this isn’t your average laundry day. It’s the day you start saving big at the laundromat.
10 Ways to Save Money at The Laundromat
1. Purchase Your Own Detergent, Fabric Softener, And Dryer Sheets
Laundromats often sell these items, but they can be quite expensive compared to buying them at a grocery store or online. By purchasing your own, you can shop around for the best prices and even buy in bulk to save more.
Additionally, you can choose the brands and types that you prefer, which may not be available at the laundromat. It’s also more environmentally friendly as you can opt for eco-friendly products.
2. Wash Small Loads Of Laundry By Hand At Home
If you only have a few items to wash, consider washing them by hand at home. This can save you money as you won’t have to pay for a full load at the laundromat.
Hand washing can be especially cost-effective for delicate items that require a gentle cycle or special care, which can be more expensive at a laundromat. Remember to use a gentle detergent and avoid wringing out items to prevent damage.
3. Wait Until You Have A Full Load
Most laundromats charge by the load, not by the weight of the clothes. Therefore, it’s more cost-effective to wait until you have a full load of laundry before going to the laundromat. This way, you’re getting the most out of your money.
However, be careful not to overload the machine as this can lead to less effective washing and potential damage to the machine or your clothes.
4. Instead Of Using A Dryer, Hang Your Clothes Outside To Dry
Dryers at laundromats can be quite expensive to use. If you have the option, consider hanging your clothes outside to dry. This not only saves money but is also better for your clothes as the heat from dryers can cause shrinkage and damage over time.
If you don’t have outdoor space, you can also use a drying rack indoors. Remember to hang clothes in a well-ventilated area to prevent dampness and potential mold growth.
5. Wear Clothes Multiple Times Before Washing Them
Another straightforward way to save money at the laundromat is to reduce the frequency of your visits. This can be achieved by wearing your clothes several times prior to washing them. Of course, this doesn’t apply to undergarments or clothes that are visibly dirty or smelly.
However, items like jeans, sweaters, or jackets can often be worn several times before they need to be washed. This not only saves you money on laundry but also helps your clothes last longer as frequent washing can lead to wear and tear.
6. Don’t Wash Clean Clothes
It might sound obvious, but sometimes we tend to wash clothes that are still clean. This habit can be due to a variety of reasons, such as the belief that clothes should be washed after every wear, or simply mistaking a clean item for a dirty one. To avoid this, have a designated area for clothes that have been worn but are still clean.
This way, you can easily differentiate between clean and dirty clothes, reducing the chance of washing clean clothes unnecessarily. This will not only save you money at the laundromat but also save water and energy, contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle.
7. Take Advantage of Customer Loyalty Programs
Many laundromats offer customer loyalty programs to encourage repeat business. These programs can take various forms, such as a card that gets stamped every time you use their services, leading to a free wash or dry after a certain number of visits.
Others might offer discounts on certain days of the week or during off-peak hours. Be sure to ask about any such programs at your local laundromat. By taking advantage of these programs, you can significantly reduce your overall laundry costs.
8. Compare Laundromat Prices
Not all laundromats charge the same prices for their services. Some may offer lower rates during off-peak hours, while others may have special deals on certain days of the week. It’s worth taking the time to compare prices at different laundromats in your area.
You can do this by visiting each laundromat and noting their prices, or by checking their websites if available. Also, consider the types of machines they have (top-load vs front-load), as these can also affect the cost. Remember, the cheapest laundromat isn’t always the best value. You should also consider factors like cleanliness, safety, and customer service.
9. Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water
Washing your clothes in cold water can save you money in two ways. First, cold water cycles often cost less than hot or warm cycles at laundromats. Second, cold water is gentler on your clothes, which can extend their lifespan and save you money on replacement costs.
Cold water is also more energy-efficient, which is better for the environment. However, keep in mind that some types of stains or heavily soiled items may require warm or hot water to effectively clean.
10. Check Washer Settings First
Before you start a wash cycle, take a moment to check the washer settings. Make sure you’re using the appropriate cycle for your clothes (delicate, normal, heavy-duty, etc.) and that you’re not overloading the machine, which can lead to ineffective washing and the need for a second cycle. Also, check the water temperature setting. As mentioned above, washing in cold water can often save you money.
To wrap it up, saving money at the laundromat is not a daunting task. By implementing simple and practical strategies such as purchasing your own laundry supplies, washing small loads by hand at home, air-drying clothes, and extending the wear of your clothing, you can significantly cut down on your laundromat expenses.
These methods not only help you manage your budget effectively but also contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.
I’m Grayson Watson, your frugal companion and the brain behind this money-saving extravaganza. Strap yourself in, because we’re about to embark on a wallet-friendly adventure like no other. Learn More!