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. =)
Labels: Frugal Friday