Today's little tip involves laundry.  Actually, I guess there are two little tips.  The first is that I don't generally have things professionally dry-cleaned.  I use Dryel for everything but the most delicate of items.  That saves us a fair amount of money, since DangerBear's suits and a couple of my skirts and blouses require dry cleaning.  And no, I didn't realize those skirts and blouses needed to be dry-cleaned.  I got them on clearance and didn't even think to look at the tags.

Anyway, the second little tip involves the Dryel cleaning cloths.  A box of six cloths costs about $10, although I use a coupon and get them for $7.  You use one cloth for each load of up to four items.  However, I usually have only two or three items to clean at any given time, so I simply cut the cloths in half.  I save the remaining half in a ziploc bag (which I reuse, of course).  Voila!  The cost goes from $1.17 per load to fifty-eight cents per load.  I also do this with dryer sheets:

Admittedly, cutting my dryer sheets in half doesn't save me nearly as much as cutting the Dryel sheets in half, but it's something!  Plus, it scored me a couple of points with my mother-in-law.  =)

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9 Responses
  1. shopannies Says:

    love to hear money saving tips on items we use daily thanks

  2. Kate Says:

    Thanks for visiting! =)

  3. Alex Hall Says:

    Fortunately my husband doesn't have to wear suits to work so we don't have to deal with dry cleaning! You might be interested in checking out my Frugal Friday post, as it's laundry-related as well. We all have to be creative in stretching our budget, especially in these times. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Kate Says:

    Alex, I checked out your post. Making my own laundry detergent is something I just might have to try. I already have borax; maybe I'll pick up the other items I need and give it a try.


  5. n*stitches Says:

    Thanks for posting! I am always looking to save on laundry costs. I sent in for a coupon too!Have a great day!

  6. Kaycee Says:

    This is a good idea. All of these small things add up.

  7. Kate Says:

    Thanks for visiting! The small things do add up. =)

  8. lol @ scoring points with the MIL (mother in law) heheheh.

  9. Kate Says:

    Thanks for visiting, Sarah! My MIL is the sweetest person ever and a good homemaker, so I'm always pleased when I manage to impress her! =)

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