How much it really costs you to do your own laundry [Partner]

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Ah, laundry. Seems like it’s a simple matter of separating light colors from dark colors, setting it on warm or cold, and waiting until it’s ready to dry. But 2ULaundry, a local clothing care service, has compiled information on how people are really doing laundry, including how much it costs per load, week and even year.

Here’s how laundry breaks down for each person: The average woman spends about 16 minutes per day washing, drying and folding laundry, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Based on 2ULaundry’s compilation, laundry makes up 16 pounds per person (the weight of a sperm whale’s brain) over each seven day period. Before a child reaches 18-years-old, that same average mom has spent 137 days or nearly five months working on it.

Many people are not doing laundry in a cost effective way:

More than half (55 percent) put the washing machine on the wrong setting at least three times in the last year, leaving clothes spinning for over one and a half hours.

Six of out ten people have washed their clothes, left them in the machine by mistake and had to wash them again.

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According to Procter & Gamble Co., the average American family washes 300-390 laundry loads per year, which means they’re spending between $180-$600 per year on detergent. The price per load can also vary depending on the temperature of the water, with hot/warm water at 68 cents per load (or $265 per year) at the highest level and cold/cold at 4 cents per load ($16 per year). This doesn’t include the cost of water, which is 22 cents per load.

Then there are laundry accessories: Clorox Bleach ($300 per year for a 96 fl oz bottle per month), Bounce dryer sheets ($30-50 per year for a 120-sheet box per month) and fabric softener ($75-$100 per year if bottle is bought once a month).

What if your laundry costs were lower? You can do that with 2ULaundry at no monthly fee. You can pay for what you use: $20 for a small bag of laundry and $30 for a large bag of laundry. The price also includes one-business day turnaround, 24/7 customer support, transparent pricing without hidden fees, exclusive dry cleaning rates and other premium services. Find the full pricing list here.

Just fill a garment bag or two with your unsorted laundry and leave it to the experts. To schedule your first pickup or to learn more about becoming a member, call 2ULaundry at (704) 766-8730 or visit their website.

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