How Much Does it Cost to Do Laundry?

How Much Does it Cost to Do Laundry?

Taryn Williford
Apr 21, 2011

Do you ever wonder if you'd save more money with a front-loading washer? If you washed 50 percent of your loads in cold water? How about 75 percent? How much would you save annually if you switched to a cheaper detergent? These figures would be a pain to calculate with a pen and paper. But we've found an online calculator to do everything for you.

Typing "Save Electricity" into your Google search bar directs you to the cluttered, distracting website of Mr. Electricity, Michael Bluejay.

But what his site lacks in looks or efficient readability, it makes up for in utility. Our favorite part? The Laundry Costs Calculator.

With this calculator, you can play with loads (ha!) of different settings—things like what percent of loads are done on hot, warm or cold settings, or how many loads of laundry you do per week. In the end, it will spit out a number telling you how much your laundry costs you annually (as well as per load and per month).

But the best part is the side-by-side feature. Plug in your real-life stats on the left side, then change the drop-down settings on the right side of the calculator. Now you'll easily be able to figure out if it's more cost-effective to do more loads in cold water or just switch to cheaper detergent.

And having a real-life figure for laundry done at home will make it really easy for laundromat-dwellers to calculate their possible savings when investing in a new washer or dryer.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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