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How to Save Money on Washer and Dryer

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

How to Save Money on Washer and Dryer


I know what you're thinking: "Oh my god, $15 for a load of laundry? This is the worst deal ever." You might be right. But there are ways to save money on doing your laundry that don't involve wearing everything in your closet at once and hoping no one notices until payday. Here's how:

Figure out how much you're spending on laundry.

To figure out how much you're spending on laundry, start by writing down how much you spend per month, week, day and hour. If you want to get really detailed about it (and why wouldn't you?), write down the exact amount of money that each load of laundry costs. If a load of wash comes out to $0.75 in quarters at the local laundromat, then write down that number.

Once you've written down all of your expenses related to laundry for each type of article (shirts vs towels vs underwear), add them together and divide by the number of days in a month or year if necessary to get an average cost per load or item washed in one sitting.

Consider the cost of utilities.

The cost of utilities can vary widely between areas and even within a single city. If you're in an area with lower energy costs, then buying a more efficient machine may not save as much money as it would if you were living in an area where the electric bills are higher. The same goes for water, gas and especially maintenance costs—the more expensive it is to maintain the machine (and keep it running), the less financial sense it makes to purchase an energy-efficient model.

Keep these variables in mind when researching washer and dryer options:

  • Electricity consumption - This refers to kilowatt hours per cycle (kWh/cycle) or gallons per minute (gpm). These figures will help you determine how much power your daily loads will use on average so that you can compare them against other models' consumption rates.
  • Water consumption - Calculate how many gallons of water each load uses by measuring the size of your wash basin and multiplying by 1½ times its depth plus 10%. You’ll also need to know what type of fabric softener or additive(s) you'll be using before calculating this figure since they add additional amounts of water during their respective cycles; if unsure about what type(s) you want/need then refer back later when making final decisions about which system works best for your needs!

How much time do you have?

How much time do you have? If you have a lot of time, it may be cheaper to do it yourself. If you don't have a lot of time, it may be cheaper to pay someone else.

If you're anything like me and your days are already packed with working a full-time job and raising two kids in their teenage years (not to mention all the extracurricular activities they're involved in), then paying someone else might seem like the better option. But if there's one thing I've learned from living on my own for six years straight now: Doing it yourself usually saves money in the long run even when hiring someone else would cost less upfront.

And by "it" I mean whatever needs doing around your house—fixing things, cleaning things, organizing things—basically anything that requires physical labor (or mental labor) can be done at home by yourself without needing anyone else's help most of the time!

Find an apartment without in-unit laundry.

If you live in an apartment with a washer and dryer, you'll probably want to reconsider your living situation. A top-loading washer will cost about $150 per year, while a front-loading version costs closer to $250 per year. If you have roommates or live in a building without in-unit laundry, this cost is split between everyone who lives there.

If you're buying your own place with no shared laundry room, though, the savings are much more significant — up to $250 per year on your laundry bill depending on whether or not you have a front loader! That's money that can be put toward other things like groceries or paying down debt.

Take a load off your wallet with a roommate.

Sharing a washer and dryer with a roommate is one of the best ways to save money on laundry. It's also environmentally friendly, since you're using electricity less often and not having to use a huge amount of water every time you do wash your clothes.

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In addition to sharing the cost of the machines themselves, see if your apartment building has an agreement with one or more local laundromats where they'll offer discounted rates for tenants who want to use their facilities instead of buying their own washing machines. You can save even more money by opting out of any services that come with apartment buildings like free cleaners (which are usually fake) or free detergent delivery (which will end up costing you more in the long run).

Join a laundry club.

If you're looking to save money on laundry and don't want to spend a fortune on an energy-efficient model, consider joining a laundry club. These services allow users to pay a monthly fee in exchange for unlimited wash cycles at their local laundromat. Depending on the arrangement, you may be able to drop off your clothes and pick them up later or even schedule wash cycles before you go out of town or over the weekend. The cost varies depending on how many washes you need per month (the more expensive plans typically offer fewer washes), but it can be significantly less than paying for individual loads at the laundromat.

One caveat: Your clothes will not be cleaned as well using the machines available at most laundry clubs as they would be if handwashed or dry cleaned by professionals; however, if this doesn't bother you too much and saving money is important enough, then this option might work well for your lifestyle

Use an online service such as Laundrapp to pick up and deliver your clothes, bedding and towels.

If you're looking for a way to save money on laundry, Laundrapp might be the answer. Laundrapp is a service that picks up your clothes, bedding and towels from home or work and delivers them back clean and folded. It's a convenient way to do laundry if you're busy (or even traveling), so it's not surprising that many people find this affordable option more than worth their time.

Do it yourself with a DIY washer and dryer.

It takes a lot of time and energy to hand-wash your clothes. It’s much easier to simply toss everything in the washing machine and turn it on. But if you have the space and equipment for a top-of-the-line DIY washer and dryer, you could save yourself some serious money by doing your own laundry.

Here’s how much:

  • A good DIY washer only costs $200 or so at Walmart or Amazon (we recommend this Whirlpool brand). You can find a factory reconditioned model for even less—roughly $100 from Home Depot or Lowe’s, though those usually don't come with warranties.
  • If you already have an electric dryer (which most people do), it will cost about $50 to purchase a gas line adapter kit and around $30-$40 more to install the adapter kit into your dryer's wall mounting bracket (some DIYers say they've installed theirs themselves; others recommend hiring someone).

You can save money by thinking about how you do your laundry.

You can save money by thinking about how you do your laundry.

  • Use less detergent: The most common way to do this is to use the "suds-to-water" method, which means adding one cup of water per load of laundry. This helps prevent overuse of detergent and helps it last longer. If you're concerned about getting clothes clean enough, consider using a stain remover before washing your clothes.
  • Buy bulk: If your local store has an option for buying in bulk (either per ounce or per bag), that's a great way to save some dollars on laundry detergent cost as well as other household items like dish soap or hand soap/body wash/face wash/shampoo/conditioner combos!
  • Use coupons: Coupons are a great way to get discounts on all kinds of stuff from food products like cereal and cheese slices (great for cleaning up crumbs!) through cleaning supplies including garbage bags and toilet paper rolls because sometimes those things need replacing too!


If you want to save money on laundry, you need to think about how much time you have and how much money you're willing to spend. You can also try looking for an apartment that doesn't include an in-unit washer and dryer. Another option is joining a laundry club or using an online service like Laundrapp that picks up and delivers your clothes, bedding and towels. If all else fails, consider investing in a DIY washer and dryer!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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