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When is the last time you looked into your washing machine? Not just a glance while you’re pulling your wet clothes out… but have you looked inside when it’s filling up with water?
I accidentally looked a few weeks ago. It was a typical move on my part – I didn’t hear the washer going so I went to move the clothes to the dryer, only to realize that I forgot to close the lid… OOPS! But while I was there, I was quite surprised to see what Whirlpool considered “small.” My pair of jeans and t-shirt were swimming in a pool of water! And do you know what was going through my head… ?
What a waste.
It was a waste of water, a waste of laundry soap, and a waste of my time considering I could have put more clothes in there (or saved them until I truly had a full load) instead of washing those items separately.
So today’s laundry tip is this: look inside your water. Set the load size for “small” and see how high your water gets. Then change it to “medium” and see how high that water level is. Do the same for “large” and “extra” large and the next time you do laundry, keep the water level in mind when you’re creating your loads.
Does this sound silly? Maybe, but wasting water is wasting money. And wasting soap is wasting money. What would you think if I told you that by maximizing my loads of laundry, I lowered our water bill?
It’s true! I shaved $4 off the monthly bill! Granted, that $4 isn’t going to make me rich, but that could help me out when I’ve gone over on my grocery bill, or I could treat the kids to an afternoon ice cream cone!
Besides, there’s a side benefit of not doing more loads than what’s necessary, and don’t we all have something better to do than laundry?! 😉This post is shared at Learning the Frugal Life Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase through those links, you support the ministry of Crumbs without any additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting Crumbs in this way! Read my full disclosure statement here.