Hang Your Laundry Out To Dry – There Are Quite A Few Benefits

Have you ever considered air drying your laundry instead of tossing it straight into the dryer? While it may seem a little old-fashioned, clothes lines still have their purpase and as we will see quite a few benefits. This has become a bit of a rarity over the past 10 or twenty years. Sadly , some apparment buildings, developments and even entire towns now prevent you from hanging your clothes outside to dry. It is a shame, especially when skipping the dryer has quite a few benefits including being better for the environment.


Let’s start with the obvious. Air dried laundry smell so much better than anything else. No matter how hard the chemical industry tires, that’s a scent that just can’t be bottled and put into laundry detergents or fabric softeners. Haning your clothes out in the sun will also leave them looking better. The best way to remove that dull gray look of whites is to hang them out in the sun. Unfortunately it will also fade color over time in dark clothing, so don’t leave it out there any longer than you need to.



The biggest reason to use a laundry line is that you will save quite a bit of money over time. Let’s start with the obvious. Your dryer uses quite a bit of power. That power isn’t used if you take a few minutes to hang damp clothes outside. And speaking of which… air drying laundry isn’t has hard or labor intensive as you may think. You just put the clothes on the line, secure them with pins and go about your business for a few hours. When everything is dry, you just have to collect it and then fold it, hang it up and put it away as you would when you take things out of the dryer.



I don’t know when you last shopped for a new dryer, but they can be quite expensive. By using yoru dryer less (or not at all), it will last much longer, thus putting off the purchase of a new one. This alone adds quite a bit to your overall savings. That’s not all though…



Running your dryer will also build up heat in the house, which during the summer months will have to be cooled back down by the air conditioner which in turn will make your elecricity go up.



I’m sure you have noticed that dryers aren’t exactly gentle on clothes and wear on them over time. That of course results in you having to go shopping for new garments more often. Of course that can be fun, but it also can cost quite a bit of extra money over time (which you could be saving by hanging your clothes out to air dry and thus being able to wear them much longer.



Does this mean that you should stop cold turkey and give up on this modern appliance? Of course not. But it may just cause you to skip throwing your wet laundry in every once in a while. Sheets and towels for example are easy to line-dry. String up some twine across a spot in the back yard and hang them out to dry. Next you may want to give drying your whites out in the sun a try. I am sure you will be impressed by the stain removing powers of the sun.



You may also want to consider getting a small drying rack that you can use either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Use it for shirts and blouses as well as socks and the likes. The rack does not use a lot of space and it is light and easy to move. Best of all it will keep your clothes looking their best longer.

And now I would like to invite you to take a look at this homemade laundry detergent recipe. Just like air drying your laundry, switching to this laundry soap is a lot easier than you may think and it can save you a bundle. For even more homemade laundry detergent information visit my squidoo lens on the topic.

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