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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hanging Out The Wash

I am a bit of a clothes line fanatic. Let me share my reasons for hanging my clothes out to dry.

Electricity: An average electric clothes dryer costs 30 to 50 cents per load in electricity. Consider how many loads of laundry your family does a week. We usually do 5 or 6 loads a week: 1 of sheets, 1 of whites, 2 of colors, 1 of towels and jammies, 1 of dog bedding. That is for two people and two dogs. If you have children then I imagine you do more than that.
Laundry Supplies: When you line dry your clothes, you can actually use less detergent and bleach than you normally would. The sun helps to bleach out stains on whites. You won't ever need to buy dryer sheets again. Most people use them to make their clothes smell fresh, but line drying makes your clothes smell awesome!
Preserve Your Clothes: Machine drying wears your clothes out alot faster than line drying. The intense heat shrinks your clothes and pulls them while tumbling. The fabric is stressed!
Keep the House Cool: It is 98 degrees outside and your a/c is on max. Why add more heat and humidity to the air inside your home?

So on this Earth Day, consider giving your dryer a rest, save some money (and electricity), and preserve your clothes by hanging them out to dry.

Watch for an upcoming post on easy ways to construct a clothes line and tips for gettin

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