May 8, 2013

Laundry Room Savings

Flower girl dresses by Kids Formal
What is it about kids and clothes? I swear, it seriously feels like I can never get ahead when it comes to the mountains of laundry that seem to fill up the dirty clothes baskets in each of my kids’ rooms! Keep in mind that my youngest is only nine months old…and, I honestly think he has more clothes than the rest of us combined!

Again, I know that I’m not the only woman out there who feels this way, regardless of how many children you have. In fact, for a long time I felt like I was the only mother who tumbles clothes at least two or three times because I either don’t have time to fold them right away or forget about them. Then, one day I shared my secret with a couple of my close friends only to discover they do the same thing. Now, while I can’t help you stay on top of the laundry in your house, I can help you save a little money in this area. Below are a few tips:
1.      Regularly sort clothing. I’m not talking about sorting the dirty clothing into whites, colors, socks, towels, etc. I’m talking about regularly going through the kids’ clothes and removing the clothing they have outgrown (or ruined). This will save you time in the long run, because it will minimize the number of clothes the kiddos have in their closets (reducing your work load on laundry day). It will also save you money, because you can either sell or store the good articles of clothing that have been outgrown. This is especially true for outgrown formalwear!

2.      Make your own laundry detergent. Laundry detergent is expensive. Believe me, I have done the math on this one. I have a recipe for homemade laundry detergent that fills a 5 gallon bucket and will last my family at least three months! The amount of Tide laundry detergent that I would have to buy to fill the same 5 gallon bucket would cost me about $500. The cost to make my own? About $10! Here is the link to a comparable laundry soap recipe.

3.      Homemade fabric softener. While you are making your homemade laundry detergent, why not go a step further and make your own fabric softener? When I checked into making my own fabric softener, I was shocked at how easy it was. It’s actually a lot easier to make than the laundry detergent but still saves my family a lot of money! Here is the link to the homemade fabric softener recipe that I use. 
The tips above may not seem like much, but they will actually save your family a substantial amount of money in the long run. The money you save can go a long way in funding some of those additional child-related expenses such as vacations, sporting equipment, private lessons, etc.