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Imagine having a beautiful family with sporty teens, doing laundry can be really tasking and endless.
Going from sweaty practice jerseys to mud-caked uniforms, and regular everyday clothes, it’ll literally feel like the washing machine and dryer have been running with a break.
The sad reality of all these is, as the laundry seems to never have an end, the expenses associated with it also grows.
Thankfully, families can employ some smart strategies to help them save money while ensuring that their active teens always have access to fresh and clean clothing.
If you are wondering how this can be possible, here’s a breakdown of how it can be achieved:
Now, it is normal to want to wash those sweaty jerseys immediately after use, but waiting until they’re a handful can help you save both water and energy and have been sitting in laundry baskets for a period.
This approach is effective because it ensures that you not only maximize the use of your machine, but it will also ensure that you do not waste your detergent and energy, washing sweaty Jerseys every time.
Even though it seems using hot water can be super helpful for tough sports stains, the fact is, and cold water can also be just as effective, especially if you’re using the right detergent. So instead of using hot water, it’s best to opt for cold water so you can significantly reduce your energy bill.
It can tempting to use more detergent to get cleaner clothes, but using more detergent won’t equate to cleaner clothes. In fact, when you use too much detergent, you only end up wasting it and will result in residues on the clothes.
When you use the recommended amount or even a little less, you’ll see that your detergent will most likely last longer, thereby helping you save costs over time.
DIY detergents have been gaining so much popularity in recent times. Most families have turned to making their own laundry detergent recipes, which are usually easy to make and have cost-effective ingredients. These homemade detergent mixtures can even be eco-friendly and cheap.
We cannot deny the fact that using a dryer is convenient, but air drying also has several benefits that families can take advantage of. Some of these benefits are energy costs, prolonging the life of sportswear, and even preserving the integrity of elastic in many athletic garments.
So if you’re using an outdoor clothesline or an indoor drying rack, bamboo furniture is also a good bet too and the savings can quickly add up.
Regular washing machine maintenance is an aspect of laundry that is often overlooked. You can do this by cleaning the lint trap after each load because it is important for dryer efficiency. What it does is it’ll ensure all your clothes dry faster and the machine operates at peak performance. Also, regularly checking and cleaning the washer will prevent potential cost repairs and replacements in the future.
In the beginning, it might seem like a lot, but intentionally investing in quality sportswear is a smart financial move, especially in the long run.
The good thing about having items that are of great quality is they’ll typically withstand frequent washing and wear-and-tear better, thereby reducing the frequency of the need for replacements.
When washing sports Jerseys, you need to realise that not every soil or stain needs a full wash. You have to learn spot treating effectively so reduce the number of clothes you need to wash. It will help you conserve water, detergent, and energy.
In addition, it can even extend the life of the clothes because you’ve reduced the washing frequency.
Apart from the cost you have to deal with when over-drying, there’s the chance that the clothes will wear out. Clothes that are dried excessively can fade faster, lose their shape, or even become damaged. So, you should consider optimizing the amount of time you dry clothes to save both the clothes and the money that would have been used for replacements.
The cost of utility can change based on their peak periods. So familiarize yourself with the off-peak hours and running larger appliances like washers and dryers during these times, so you can take advantage of reduced rates.
For those that want to get new appliances, you should opt for energy-efficient models. Even though they might be expensive for a start, they will offer savings in the long run.
Over the years, the reductions in energy bills can more than makeup for the initial outlay.
Just like other goods, you should consider buying laundry in bulk because they’re cheaper.
This not only helps you to reduce the per-unit cost of detergent or softener, but it also means you get to have fewer shopping trips and less packaging waste.
While some might toss a fabric softener sheet after one use, these sheets can be really effective for two or more loads. Halving usage can mean you’ll get to save 50% over time.
Most sportswear, especially technical fabrics react poorly to fabric softeners. When you reduce or eliminate use, you’ll get to save money and also ensure that the athletic garments maintain their performance attributes.
Now, we cannot ignore the fact that some sports stains can be really tough.
If you find yourself in this situation, instead of running multiple wash cycles hoping to get rid of these stubborn stains, try doing a pre-soak routine.
This will help you save water, energy and the chances of wear and tear on your garments.
While you’re doing the laundry, take it upon yourself to also educate young athletes on how to care for their gear. Teach them how to grate stains, air out equipment, and even do their own laundry. This is important because you’re not only equipping them with valuable life skills but also potentially reducing the family’s laundry burden.
By implementing the above tips, your family will get to become more aware of the proper measures needed for cleaning clothes, carefully handling them to prevent fading and even save a lot while they’re at it. Kids will get dirty and games will end up being like the rugby world cup, but it doesn’t mean clothes can’t be cleaned.
The truth is, it can be really stressful to do laundry with an active teens, but using the right approach will ensure it doesn’t have to be something to break the bank over.
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