This post was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance over at The Centsible Life. Awesome!
It seems to me that saving money on your laundry is probably one of the hottest topics when someone mentions frugality. Whether it’s making your own laundry detergent, air drying, or shopping at thrift stores, clothes and their care seem to spark numerous conversations. Personally I love making my own laundry detergent and I don’t think I’ll ever turn back. I try to air dry our clothes to not only save money, but to help save the Earth and make my clothes last longer. Another tip that I follow is to wear clothes more than once.
I’ll wear a pair of pants a few times before I wash it. Shirts normally I wash after I wear them every time (I worry about being stinky!). Jeans are better when you wear them a few times. Please launder your undergarments after wearing them. Don’t reuse them! Socks, same thing. These are generally the rules I follow. As I was putting my pants back on the shelf today, I got to thinking. Is it a good idea to be doing what I’m doing?
While you probably would say yes at first thought, think about it. I wear these clothes all day around numerous people. I work in a bank, where there are tons of germs not only on the money, but the people that I come in contact with as well. What if I am doing myself more harm than good by not washing these clothes? If I get sick with swine flu, I’m going to have to take time off work, which will cost me sick days. And I really don’t want to get sick in the first place!
What do you normally do? Do you wear your clothes once and wash, or wear numerous times?