Welcome to How I Save Money . Today I will be showing you a really simple way to save money on your laundry costs this summer. Why not take advantage of the hot weather and air dry your laundry?
Now I know the majority of people will say they live in apartments or neighborhoods where you are not allowed to hang lines. That is okay. I am air drying my laundry inside of my apartment and it is working out great.
Get a Drying Rack
The first thing you would need to do is to get a drying rack of some sort. I got a great one from WalMart for $10 and I set it up in the spare room. It costs me $1 to wash and $1 to dry so for every load of drying I can save it will take me ten sets of laundry to recoup the cost of the dryer rack. I have had the rack for one week now and I have already used it twice, meaning I am now into the rack for $8.
Sort Clothes and Use Rack
Each time I do a load of laundry I go through the clothes and see if there is anything that is small enough to hang on the rack. I will put items like towels and sheets in the dryer and put smaller items pillow cases on the drying rack. This tactic worked last week when I did two washes, but then was able to put enough on the drying rack to cut the dryer load down to one, saving $1.
Watch the Money Roll In
Now that I am able to save money on my laundry I can snowball the money I save every week into an account that pays off my debt every month. I have had a good run with the laundry rack so far and I think it is a really good investment.
The thing is to use the drying rack in a well ventilated area. If you can use it in a room that you keep the windows open then your clothes have a better chance of drying well and will not have a musty odor.
You can also leave the clothes in a closed room that has a fan blowing, so the air will circulate.