Here in New Zealand, most of my friends dry their clothes on drying racks and clothes lines – in part because it’s better for the environment and in part because electricity is very expensive here.
You all know my feelings on laundry… What you may not know is my complete dislike of the dryer. Using the dryer costs a lot of money to run. Using the dryer creates static, is too hot (especially in summer) and makes clothes, linens and the like smell — well stale.
There are many benefits to drying your laundry naturally:
- Saves Money
- Smells Fantastic
- Softens Clothes Naturally
- Your Clothes and Linens Last Longer – A Lot Longer
- Eliminates Static and Dryer Sheet Chemicals
- Is a Great Biceps and Triceps Exercise
- Is Environmentally Friendly
- Whitens Your Whites
- Reduces Wrinkles
In full disclosure, it isn’t as though I do not use the dryer. A dryer is a convenience. But, my drying preference is to hang clothes or line dry. I do have some great cheats to help you get through those laundry blues.
Drying racks are brilliant things for several…
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I learned from an early age to air dry laundry. My mother strongly believed that clothes were not fresh unless they were allowed to dry in the great outdoors. And in the winter, we had drying racks and we also had lines up in the attic. However, since my mother’s illness, she did purchase a dryer since no one can stand her long enough to even do her laundry for her. She had no choice but to purchase a dryer. But I’d back line drying over a dryer, every time.
I must admit I never air dried my clothes prior to coming to New Zealand. When you dry them outside the smell is really amazing.
And no dryer sheet can compare to that outside smell!
Always have, except in the winter . . .
Good on ya, Norman. I think it’s really good to see people questioning all this so-called labor saving technology and the true price we pay for it. As my grandfather used to say, “What am I going to do with the extra time? I can’t put in in the bank.”
If you live in an apartment complex (or a shelter, or a prison), you are not allowed to hang your clothes outdoors. So you drape them all over the apartment (and hope for no humidity and mold). But the prisons save the environment in other ways, like limited toilet paper.
Excellent point, Rexis. Having axis to an outdoor clothes line is a real luxury – one I never enjoyed until 10 years ago (except for 4 years back in the 70s when I lived in northern California). As is toilet paper. Thanks for your comment.