As prices on just about everything continues to rise we can take solace in knowing that with a few simple adjustments in our ordinary lives we can actually save money in this volatile economy. A lot of us will tighten our belts by not eating out as much or maybe consolidating trips in the car. But, have you given any thought to how you might save money on your weekly household chores?

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One of those household chores that seem to soak up an awful lot of time and money is doing the laundry. We need clean clothes, so the washer and dryer are necessary evils. At least around my house, they are. I feel as if we are pretty efficient when it comes to washing our clothes but drying them is probably where I could save some cash. And, lose a lot of frustration.

Let me ask you this before we get started on the money savings. Do you sometimes have to dry your clothes twice? Or, even dry them three times? Such was the case at our house. So, I watched YouTube videos and learned how to clean the vent hose on my dryer.

That helped a little. But I was still having to dry my clothes multiple times. I tried reducing the amount of clothing in the load. I tried drying items like towels together. And, nothing worked until I came across this video from Lords Electrical in the UK.

 

In the video, the appliance tech goes through the different settings on the machine. He discusses the different symbols on the tags of your clothing that help you choose the proper dryer setting, and he even explains the real truth about drying large items.

I am willing to believe that every one of those "tricks" works. But I am looking for the easy way out, how about you?

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However, the biggest tip and takeaway I got from this video because it help to get my clothes dry in just one cycle was the one where he said to "shake out each item" before you put it in the machine.  That simple step of shaking the shirts, jeans, towels, and other larger garments opened them up to more of the hot air in the drying cycle.

Yeah, I feel kind of stupid.

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But, I bet you don't do it either and I know your kids don't. But maybe if you showed them this hack and told them it would mean less drying time and less money spent on drying clothes and thus save you about $100 to $200 a year on electricity then...Nah, they're kids they're going to take the path of least resistance. They learned that from your husband.

But at least you now know that if you need something dried quick and you want it to come out looking freshly pressed, give it a shake before you put it in.

Now that we have all this extra time and money, let's go eat.

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