Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Line Dry

drying diapersImage by simplyla via Flickr

I don't know why but I love hanging clothes on the line. The weather in my area went from almost freezing to hot and summer like. So this week all my laundry was hung on the line.
I really find it peaceful and relaxing to be outside hanging my clothes, and taking them down and folding them in the sunlight.
Liv got involved too and collected the clothes pins for me.
Its almost meditative to me.

On top of being relaxing it is very green to line dry your clothes, and economically sound.

Last summer I lined dry as much as I could. We have a pool filter running in the summer, and the AC on and our electric bill did not go up at all.
The average dryer uses 1800-5000 watts! Your fridge probably uses around 725. They do not even make dryers that can be called Energy Efficient since they all are not.
A friend of mine recently posted on facebook "Want a great way to save money, have your dryer break and watch your electric bill cut in half." Those savings can really add up.

Drying in the sun is also so great for your whites, the sun acts as a natural whitener. No need for bleach. (Bleach is so un-green and harmful in many ways)

Line drying is also gentler on your clothes then a dryer and can extend the life of your wardrobe. Fibers break down in the dryer, that is all the lovely lint you see in your lint trap.

I even hang towels, which can get dry and stiff. The best way I have found to avoid this is to not let them over dry, to add vinegar to the rinse cycle (another great use for vinegar) and I sometimes spray them with a light mist of water mixed with some fabric softer. I use this mostly if I need to iron, but usually line drying makes it so I have no need to iron, another energy saver.

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
E. B. White
Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. love it....
    I also find the sight of wash drying in the sun very serene...esp if there is a nice breeze:)
    we purchased our shelves in our dining room at IKEA a few years ago...we love them...very easy to wipe clean, too:) xoxoxoxo

  2. I would love a clothes line. I have no idea how we would attach one. I should check out the options. We could really do with saving money in the summer also as our AC really drives up the electric costs. I know someone mentioned that to get line dried towels soft they run them in the dryer for 5 minutes or so when they bring them in the house. Thanks for the inspiration to check out getting a clothes line put up at our house.

  3. Debbie I have just a classic line with a wheel system but this website has lots of great clothesline options. I've heard the dryer tip too, still saving tons of energy to only use it for several min to get it soft if you miss that softness.

  4. I love hanging clothes on the line too! It is so peaceful!

    Mrs. White