Buy easy-to-clean clothes
Buying clothing that is easy to wash and care for at home is one big step toward lowering your laundry costs to save money, says Leverette.
She recommends that consumers steer clear of garments that have to be dry-cleaned whenever possible.
"But if it's something your kids are going to wear or you're going to wear every day, if you can wash it yourself, you're going to save money," says Leverette.
Also, clothing that has a small amount of synthetic fibers can wrinkle less easily, requiring less ironing and reducing your energy usage and your outlay for products like spray starch, Leverette says.