I've gone back to the old fashioned method of drying laundry. I use an umbrella clothes line and clothes pins. This doesn't work for everyone who doesn't live in warm climates but even if you switch to it only when weather permits it will help. Also it saves energy and is good for the environment!
You will need to buy a clothes line and string it in the yard either between two poles or from one fence side to the other or buy an umbrella line that can be placed in a pipe that has been cemented into the ground/lawn. My expense was less than 35.00 total three years ago.
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Laundry detergent usually says "Fill cap to line 1," but it's impossible to see line 1, so we just fill up the cap, right? This uses 4x as much soap as you need! Take a permanent marker and mark line 1 inside the cap (you'll need a bright light to find it). Only fill to that line -- even for extra-large loads. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you'll save tons of money!
For powdered detergents, mark the measuring scoop the same way -- or use an old 1/4 cup measure as a scoop.
For front-loading washers, use even less soap (about 2 T)!
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