Tips for saving money on laundry

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

For many of us, clothing can take up a big chunk of our budgets, especially with growing children and rising costs for consumers.

That is why NewCenter16 wants to help out with some helpful tips on how to save.

From coffee to spaghetti sauce, the experts at any dry cleaning establishment will tell you the same thing.

“Don't rub it,” said Peggy Clark of Clark’s Corner Cleaners. “Blot it. Get it to a professional as soon as possible. If you're going to do it at home, process it as soon as possible.

Also, avoid using water as a solution unless you are dealing with a blood stain.

“If you have blood on it, definitely put water on it,” said Clark. “Any other thing to be dry cleaned, never put water on it because that will set the stain."

At home, always read the label on your clothes. If it says “dry clean only” then that is usually true. However, there are two exceptions: most men’s shirts and polyester.

While those blends can usually hit your personal washing machine, if they have liners and shoulder pads, you will want professional help.

Washing at home can definitely save you some money, but for gentle cycle and hand wash requirements, go easy on the soap.

Finally, Clark has one last tip.

“A way people can save money is invest in a lint roller and a clothes brush,” she said. “Your coats, everytime you wear your coat in the winter time, take it and brush it.”

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