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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

You can save as much as a hundred dollars a year from washing down your laundry room drain by simply cutting your detergent use in half. Detergent is expensive, and you probably use a lot more than you really need.

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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Laundry detergent may help remove stains and scent your clothes, but it's not the main reason they get clean. Most of the cleaning is done by your washer's agitator and by the clothes rubbing against each other, which loosens dirt. That is why experts say you can use half the recommended detergent and still get fresh, clean clothes!


And if you are particularly concerned about odors, you can always add a cup or two of white vinegar to your wash. It is much cheaper than detergent, doesn't have any harmful chemicals and is a natural deodorizer.

You can also whiten clothes naturally with baking soda. That's why it's used every day in many whitening toothpastes and natural household cleaners. To whiten clothing with Baking Soda, add about 1 cup into the wash plus your regular detergent. Clothes will come out whiter and brighter without chemicals.

Just be careful mixing baking soda with vinegar. You'll get a giant, foamy (but harmless) mess. Just think of those model volcanoes you made in grade school! It probably won't boil over the top of your machine (if you have a top loader like me), but you will neutralize the effects of both additives.