Save Money on Laundry with a Drying Rack

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Save Money on Laundry with a Drying Rack

Staff Writer · Oct 1, 2009

Save money on laundry by using a drying rack or a clothesline in your apartment instead of a dryer. Whether your apartment includes its own dryer, or you usually head to the laundromat, you can cut back on laundry costs with the simple task of letting your clothes dry themselves.

No More Static

Dryers cause clothes to become full of static due to the intense heat used during the drying process. Trying to wear–or even just put away–clothes full of static becomes a pain, as the clothes stick to your skin, hair and even the walls while giving off that prickly, tingly feeling. To combat this, you purchase anti-static dryer sheets, which reduce, but don’t always entirely eliminate the static cling. The costs of these dryer sheets add up–particularly if you forget to grab your box when you head to the laundromat, and you need to spend a quarter for a single sheet in a dispensing machine. A drying rack or a clothesline produces no static cling.

Save Your Quarters

While the dryers are easily the most affordable machines at the laundromat, as they cost an average of a quarter per seven minutes or so, one session of drying usually isn’t enough. On average, you need at least three to four drying sessions to get dried clothes. That may add up to only 75 cents or a dollar, but if you head to the laundromat once or twice a week, these costs add up. Save money on laundry and cut back where you can; the dryer is one machine you can cut out in exchange for the totally free drying rack or clothesline.

Save Your Time

“Time is money,” so why do you want to stick around the laundromat longer than you have to? Give yourself more time to be spend doing productive or fun activities by bagging your clothes after the rinse cycle and drying them at home on your dryer rack or clothesline. You won’t just save money on laundry, you’ll free up more time.

Cut Back on the Electricity Bill

If you have a washing machine and dryer at your apartment, you probably think you’re cutting back on laundry costs by avoiding the laundromat. However, running the dryer uses an average of 4400 watts, which can add around $150 to your utility bill each year! Save money on laundry, and use that money for rent, debt payments, entertaining yourself or saving for your future.

Going Green

Although you will save money by refusing to use a dryer, you also get an intangible reward: you’re doing your small part to help reduce pollution. Drying clothes with a clothesline or drying rack is the green way to do laundry.

Save money on laundry by using a drying rack or clothesline to dry clothes, and quit paying to run the dryer and keep the static off of your clothes. Even the smallest of expenses adds up over the long term; cutting back on laundry costs is one easy way to put more money in your pocket.

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