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How to Save Money on Laundry Detergent

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.

... Well, worry not! There are plenty of ways to save money on laundry detergent without sacrificing cleanliness:

Use less detergent.

Laundry detergent is expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some ways you can save money on laundry detergent:

  • Use less detergent. A little bit goes a long way—don't be afraid to cut back!
  • Use less water when washing your clothes. A full load may not always be necessary, especially if you're only doing light cleaning jobs like sheet changes and pillowcases.
  • Wash in cold water whenever possible (this will also help with energy costs).
  • Don't use the dryer—hang-dry your clothes outside in nice weather or use a drying rack inside during colder months (this will also save energy).

Buy in bulk.

Buying laundry detergent in bulk is one of the best ways to save money on your laundry. If you are already buying the product, it makes sense to buy a large supply and get more bang for your buck. When purchasing in bulk, make sure that you do not buy so much that you cannot use all of it before it expires.

Another benefit of buying in bulk is that when there are coupons available and when sales occur, you get a great discount on the product. You may even be able to negotiate with local stores about payment terms, such as paying for your purchases over time instead of all at once or giving them interest-free credit terms if they are doing well enough financially to afford those kinds of things.

Make your own.

To make your own laundry detergent, you'll need a few ingredients.

  • Soap flakes: You can buy soap flakes at the grocery store or online. You can also use homemade soap and grate it by hand—or use a food processor or blender to chop it into fine pieces.
  • Borax: This is a white powder that acts as a fabric softener, helping remove stains from clothes and soften them in the wash. It's available in most grocery stores near the laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners (though you may have to look for it under its common name). If necessary, you could substitute Epsom salts instead of borax—but keep in mind that they won't help remove stains like borax does!
  • Washing soda: This white powder works much like baking soda when added to water. It can help dissolve grease stains and soften fabrics while they're being washed, too! Washing soda typically comes in small boxes sold as "soda ash" or "washing soda." If none of those words appear on the product label then it's likely regular baking soda (which doesn't work well for this purpose).

Make your own laundry detergent or buy in bulk to save money on laundry detergent.

So many people buy laundry detergent in the store and it's so expensive. If you want to save money on laundry detergent, you should make your own or buy it in bulk.

Don't waste money on expensive packaging and don't buy in expensive packaging.

Depending on the type of detergent you use, you can save money by buying in bulk or making your own. Either way, it's important to remember that you don't need very much detergent at all!


Doing laundry by hand to save money

I used to be a hand-washer. I know, right? But then I moved out of my mom's house and realized that doing laundry by hand takes forever. Also, wringing out a towel is hard work! It took me three hours to do a load of towels. So now I understand why most people just throw them in the washing machine: it's faster and easier than hand-washing them.


Using a wringer to wash clothes is easy. The first thing you'll need to do is get a good wringer. They can be purchased at any department store, but they are not cheap. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 - $150 for one of these things. If you're going to be doing this often enough (or if you want some variety in your life), it's worth the investment!

Once you have your wringer secured tightly on the front edge of your tub, fill up with water until it reaches just below halfway down the sides of the tub itself. I recommend using warm water for this step as well since cold will shock your hands when they touch wet clothing later on during drying process—and who needs that? Now lean over and dunk each piece of clothing into water very gently so as not damage them by pulling too hard against weighty fabrics like denim jeans or wool sweaters; once soaked through completely return items back onto washboard surface where they belong until next phase begins again: rinse cycle!

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Washing laundry by hand is a great way to save money, but it can be time consuming. If you are interested in washing clothes by hand, use these tips:

  • Wash clothes in a large tub or sink with warm water from the faucet.
  • Use a good detergent and stain remover for each load of laundry.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of fabric softener to each wash load for softer clothes.


Soaking is another important step in the hand-washing process. Soaking helps break down the dirt and stains so they can be removed more easily during washing. The best way to soak your laundry is in warm water, preferably in a large bowl or bucket. Using detergent that's right for the type of clothing you're washing will also help with this process—if you're unsure what type of detergent to use, ask a parent or teacher for assistance!

Scrubbing and wringing

Once you have your clothes clean, the next step is to get them dry. There are two ways to do this:

  • Use a scrub brush and wringer
  • Hang your clothes outside on a clothes line

Water changes

  • Collect the dirty water in a bucket.
  • Collect the clean water in a jug.
  • Use enough water to cover your laundry, but not so much that it's overflowing.
  • Use just enough detergent to get clothes clean without leaving residue on them or making them smell too fragrant (if you're using homemade soap).

Rinsing and wringing

Now that you've washed your clothes, you'll need to rinse them. Rinse your clothes under a faucet until the water runs clear, then hang them up to dry. If you're using a drying rack, make sure to spread out the clothes evenly so they can all get air circulation. If you're using a drying rack or hanger indoors, be careful not to put it near a space heater!


  • If you're using a clothesline, make sure to hang your clothes in the shade. The sun will make them fade and may also stain them.
  • If you do have to dry your clothes in a dryer, use the lowest heat setting possible—they'll still be plenty warm (and smell better) this way!**//END WRITER'S CHOICE PARAGRAPH

Hand washing laundry is the best way to save money.

Whether you choose to spend the time and energy hand washing your laundry, the benefits are plentiful. You'll save money, time, energy and water. Plus, it's a great way to reuse your towels!

The best thing about doing your own laundry is that there’s no need for expensive products or high-tech machines. Once you get started with this simple method of washing clothes by hand, it will become second nature - so easy that you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!


If you're looking for ways to save money, hand washing is a great option. It saves you money on electricity bills and detergent costs, which means that over time you'll have more cash in your pocket. Hand washing can also be fun if you get creative with it!


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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