Saving $ at the Laundromat
I do not have washer/dryer hook-ups in the trailer I rent. Buying or renting a washer and/or dryer would save me money but it's not an option. I currently spend $20 a week (for two people) at the laundromat and that pisses me off. I need some advice on how to lower that amount. Some facts: 1)The laundromat I use (and I've looked around my area, they're all about the same) charges 1.75 for a single load, 2.75 for a double load and 4.00 for a triple load. Dryers are.25 for 7 mins. 2)My husband works in construction and comes home covered in mud, rat feces, whathaveyou. He cannot get two wearings out of his work clothes. I work in an office and usually wear my pants and skirts at least twice before I wash them. We both usually wear our lounging-around-the-house clothes and our sleeping clothes multiple times before they get washed. 3)I buy store-brand detergent and bleach in bulk and do not use extras like fabric softener. 4) I already hand-wash underwear, hose, and socks. So, I'm looking for additional tips. And I have a few specific questions: 1)Just how full can you stuff those triple loaders and still get your clothes clean? Do you really believe they are "triple loaders"? I kind of have my doubts. Oh, and I already know to use just a quarter cup of detergent in the big machines. 2)Anyone have a super hand-washing method that works on denim, heavy fabrics, or terribly soiled clothes? There's someone in this community who mentioned using a plunger in the bathtub. Can you elaborate on your method? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Edit I agree that line-drying/air drying would save on dryer costs. My dilemma is how to get the cat hair off my clothes without tumble drying (am I wrong that tumble drying seems to help) and also how to keep the cat hair floating around my house from gravitating toward wet clothes like a magnet.