5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips to Save You Money

You might not think of laundry as a big expense, but if you consider how often you wash your clothes, you might find that it really adds up. This is especially true for those of us who live in apartments without washing machines, or units that have coin-operated machines.

While doing laundry is always going to be a chore, establishing an eco-friendly laundry routine can put money back in your wallet — and save the environment in the process. Here are five laundry tips that will save you money in the long term.

Invest in a Washboard

A major expense that often accompanies your laundry routine is dry cleaning. For your tailored work clothes or nice dresses, washing in the machine isn’t an option. If the item truly can’t get wet, there isn’t much you can do about it. But if you simply don’t want the wear and tear of a washing machine cycle, hand washing your nice clothes can save you a lot of money.

So, invest in a washboard that you can use in your sink or bathtub to wash those clothing items that require an extra-gentle touch.

Skip the Extra Products

If you haven’t already, get rid of any extraneous laundry products, such as fabric softeners, laundry sheets or extra fragrances. Even essential oils, while lovely, are pricy — so if you’re on a budget, there’s no need to add them to your washing routine. Besides, even essential oils can bother your skin (and they’re not great for your pets either). So just do yourself a favor and skip these unnecessary additions.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Making your own laundry detergent can save you a ton of money. This is doubly true if you’re the environmentally conscious type who has been shelling out for pricy organic detergents and soaps. There are plenty of recipes you can use to make your own detergent… Here’s one of my favorites.

Hang Your Laundry to Dry

Most countries still practice hanging their laundry to dry. If you haven’t ever tried it, it can be refreshing to smell the scent of fresh air and flowers on your clothes. Hang out clothing outside if it’s a nice day out, or hang it inside if necessary. Even indoors during the winter, your clothes will dry just fine.

Wear an Undershirt

Finally, cut down on the amount of washing loads you do in the first place. Invest in some high-quality undergarments, such as undershirts and slips, so that you don’t need to wash your clothing as regularly. Obviously, your laundry will still need to be done from time to time, but you’ll greatly increase the lifespan of your nice clothing while saving yourself time, money and energy in the process.

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Greta L
Greta L4 months ago

Thank you

Emma Z
Past Member 4 months ago


Mona M
Mona M4 months ago

Lucky we are to live in India where our laundry can instantly be dried under the sun.

Cindy S
Cindy Smith4 months ago

good tips

Alexis S
Alexis S4 months ago

Wash everything in cold water

Ann B
Ann B4 months ago

the person that wrote this has no idea what a washboard will do the cheap and expensive clothing!!!!

Ann B
Ann B4 months ago

always did towels and sheets on the clothes line--except diesel trains ( 1 block away) leave a smell on them at time and oily residue on the clothes line

Thomas M
Thomas M4 months ago

thank you

JoAnn Paris
JoAnn P4 months ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

Naomi D
Naomi D4 months ago

Washboards are for REALLY dirty things that aren't delicate.