Transcript: Frugalize your laundry

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Anchor Stand-Up: Let’s talk some dirty laundry. It’s estimated that the average American family washes nearly 400 loads of laundry a year. That’s a lot of detergent, water and electricity used to get your clothes downy fresh, which equals a lot of money spent. However, you can come clean on ways to save money on your dirty laundry.

Reduce Detergent Amounts: Start by reducing the amount of detergent you use in each load. Most people use too much thinking it will get their clothes cleaner, but the reality is excessive amounts of detergent can actually stain your clothes and prevents the water from doing its part to help release dirt and stains.

It’s recommended that you follow the usage lines on the cap of the detergent and if they’re too hard to read, draw them on with a marker. You can cut your detergent use in half and save $80 annually.

Buy Store Brands: Also, buy store brands instead of name brand detergents – they do the same job, but save you more money. And go for powered soaps instead of liquid as they generally cost less.

Skip Hot Water: While using less detergent, skip the hot water! Save the hot water washes for white towels, socks and underwear. By simply washing cold the average family can save $70 per year on their energy bill. And while you’re at it – hold off on washing just half loads. Half loads use less water, but it takes the same amount of energy to wash a full load.

Air Dry: Don’t let your electricity bill spin out of control – stop the cycle and air dry your clothes! This will be your biggest money saver – around $60 a year in savings. You can air dry your laundry all year round, not just in warm weather. Most times, your clothing will last longer and fade less when you air dry. If you change your laundry ways – your total savings over a year can add up to more than $210.

Next, we’ll show you ways to save on those high utility bills.