Easy Ways to Save Money on Laundry, According to Redditors

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Use Less Detergent

You're probably using too much detergent, Redditors say. "If you’re doing liquid, just go to the first line. If your clothes come out dirty or smelly, then consider pre-soaking or pre-treating with a little dish soap before washing or testing out just a little more detergent," the top comment explains. According to experts at Wirecutter, most people need just 2 tablespoons per load.

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Don't Use Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheets

No one needs to use fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Leave them on the shelf if you're trying to save money. If you need to give your laundry a "boost," one Redditor suggests adding a bit of vinegar to the load instead. 

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Switch to Powder Detergent

While powder detergents can have trouble dissolving in cold water, they tend to be cheaper than their liquid counterparts. "You get more laundry done for your dollar and for the volume of detergent," a Redditor writes.

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Wear Clothing Multiple Times

It may sound gross, but you can wear clothes more than one time. That's especially true when it comes to garments like pajamas, jeans, and outerwear. Washing less frequently will save you money on detergent, electricity, water, etc.

Kirkland Signature Detergent

Buy Costco's Kirkland Detergent

While some Redditors swear by powdered detergent, others recommended Costco's award-winning Kirkland brand detergents (there are several). Experts agree. In its 2022 test of laundry detergents, Consumer Reports named Costco’s Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Liquid as the “best value” detergent, ranking it above top-tier brands like Tide and Persil in the budget category.