Money Laundering Tips
Not THAT kind of money laundering! Apologies to anyone looking to stash away illegal funds, this is the wrong blog. Here, we are talking about saving money on laundry bills, and extending the life span of our fabulous clothes.
Money down the drain
Good clothes cost money and incorrect laundry will destroy them. Or at the very least shorten their lifespan. Before I buy clothes, I check the label and make sure there is a washable sign. Avoid the toxic dry cleaning like the devil.
Having said that, occasionally it is unavoidable. Certain items like lined jackets and heavy wool coats need to visit the evil dry cleaner now and then. I minimise those visits by using a clothes brush on a daily basis. Once a month I hang jackets in a steamy shower room and allow the steam to do its magic. If you have the space airing coats in the sunshine turned inside out will refresh all, but the most jaded clothes.
Most natural fabrics, (including silk) can be washed with success, despite what the labels say. I wash most things turned inside out using eco friendly or organic detergent. Harsh Chemical detergents, virtually ‘eat’ the fibres of our lovely clothes and they never look the same.
Eco friendly detergent
Makes good financial sense. Although more expensive than normal detergents, you only need to use half the recommended amount to get good results. Most of the time it’s the agitation in the washing machine that gets clothes clean, rather than the detergent itself. Plus they don’t destroy the environment, choking marine life quite as much. Anyone suffering from eczema or general skin sensitivities, would do well to switch to Eco friendly detergent for the sake of their health.
Check the labels, but I wash most things 30 or 40 degrees. The only items we wash using boiling hot water is white linen bedsheets and dish cloths.
These are a life saver people! Delicate items, wool jumpers, Lingerie, or anything that’s supposed to be handwash only, I machine wash everything Inside a net bag, life is too short for handwashing. If you don’t have net bags, a pillow case will do just as well.
Washing denim regularly in cool water turned inside out seems to make jeans softer and more pleasant to wear. I love the texture of old jeans and don’t mind a little colour loss!
I machine wash, cool water, short cycle in a net bag. As soon as the machine finishes, silk items, especially shirts, should hang in the shower room where they dry *almost* with no creases. Quick cool iron and we are divine for work.
These fabrics can take being washed in higher temperatures, but no need to beat the life out of them. Ecover detergent is a good option for general washing and helps retain the softness and tactile feel of good cotton. For specific stain removal, pre treat with a topical stain removal powder. This will irritate the fibre to a certain degree, so only use sparingly as required.
See specialist post here and always dry flat.
The product Eucalan is a gift from the gods for anything really delicate that’s supposed to be hand washing only. (UK readers can buy it here) there is no need to scrub or rinse. Simply soak for 15 minutes, gently squeeze out water and allow to dry naturally. I must admit I place my clothes in a net bag, and give them a quick spin inthe washing machine at 600 or so.
Avoid using clothes dryers, if at all practical. We have an electric heated rail (Would love to hang things out in the sun, but I live in a small London flat, so drying outdoors is not really an option) that seems to work for most things and only uses a fraction of the energy/cost, a dryer does. So more money savings on utility bills.
Skip expensive softener
I never use clothes softeners, a major cost cutter/money saver tip. Since we don’t use harsh detergents there is no need for extra chemical products, like softeners. If you add a couple of drops of pure essential lemon oil in the washing machine detergent compartment, clothes will smell amazing without the use of chemicals.
How much money do you spend a year on detergent? Is that a lot of money down the drain?
This is a scheduled post, but will be back soon.
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