Sorry for the long sabbatical, I've been moving.We moved thirty minutes to the next town over, which consequently I'd lived in five months prior, but circumstances required I move, and now basically we're moving back to where we want to be, but that has taken a lot of my time and effort. I have had to pack everything, drive thirty minutes, unload it, drive back thirty minutes, and repeat until I basically want to die, but hey, we're done now! I've also had to figure out where I was going to put everything inside my house since we moved from 950 sq ft to 616 sq ft and that has been relatively more complicated than anticipated. Thankfully, I have also nearly completed this task. I still need to do the garage and one box is lingering on my back porch just in the spirit of procrastination, but we're almost settled. Moving has also brought me to my newest avenue of sustainability which is a no dryer lifestyle, and I know exactly what you're thinking when I say that, "hell no".
Now, in all fairness I have always liked line drying clothes,not because I like stiff scratchy towels but because for some reason it just makes me feel so relaxed to hang it. However, to be perfectly honest, I probably wouldn't have been on the line dry train if I didn't have to be. The house we moved to has a plug for an electric dryer and a line for a gas dryer, so seems like all would be well in the world. Except, as it turns out, the electric dryer wall socket doesn't work....Roy will fix it eventually, but at this point he has about zero access to tools because the garage is literally a mountain. Like I just made a pile....it's as tall as me.
Alright, now that confession time is over, lets make a list of the benefits of line dry clothes. +
1. It saves you money. Turns out just letting wet clothes sit there until they are not wet is actually free. I think, for a lot of people I know, this is probably the primary selling point. There isn't a lot you can get for free in this world, dry clothes is actually one of them, if you so choose.
2. Line drying your clothes is better for them. I'll confess I do enjoy a hot blanket out of the dryer and who doesn't love the extra soft feel the dryer creates, but it also wears down the fabrics, which is what all that lint is. That's right, that's your favorite shirt turning into nothing. Simply put, your clothes will just last longer if you hang them. Which, coincidentally, also saves you money.
3. Line drying, for the most part, is also an opportunity to get outside and moving, at least a little. The average amount of time it takes to hang a load of laundry is ten minutes, but that is ten minutes more outside, soaking up some sunshine and if you're into it, you can even do it while earthing, which I discussed in this blog here.
4. And, for my last point. Hang drying your laundry is good for the planet, which turns out, we're all stuck on and only have one of! You can reduce your carbon footprint by over 2000 lbs a year cutting out dryer use. Also, if you use dryer sheets, hang drying will completely remove those from your life, which cuts out another cost but also cuts chemicals out of our lives and environment. (Seriously, if you use dryer sheets, please switch to wool balls) Besides these two factors, since your clothes will last longer, you cut down on the environmental impact of fashion purchasing. Hopefully your are buying clothes used where you can, but most people really aren't. The amount of garments purchase by an average household in 1960 has tripled when compared with today's standards, and production of clothing isn't impact free. Just to hit a few points, 1.5 Trillion gallons of water are used per year by the fashion industry. It takes 200 tons of fresh water just to dye one ton of fabric, and we do all this while 750 million people suffer from having no access to clean drinking water. It's pretty deplorable. I'm not a saint, but we should all definitely do what we can bare at the very least.
Since we have now covered a few points on why you should maybe try to line dry at least part of your laundry if you can't dedicate yourself to all of it,
I'm going to give you some pointers. While you can certainly just swing by the dollar tree and grab a roll of clothes line to string all over your yard, that's not really my favorite option, nor do I think it is the easiest or most sustainable in terms of time dedication and the possibility of inclement weather. Not to mention, when you have to mow the lawn or water, you're probably not going to be impressed, like, at all. If you're lucky enough to already have an installed line that is pretty cool, but I won't be perfect on days you have bad weather and if you're line drying like I am, you're probably going to want to do a load every day just keep things simple and easy for you. Once I had accepted that I'm probably just going to line dry as much as I can forever I went ahead and invested in a portable line. I've included a link at the bottom and you can see the image above. I really like it. It holds a load of laundry well and its super light to bring in and out of the house based on the weather situation, which for the record, has been a little wonky for me the last few days. I can also fold it up and store it if I'm feeling extra diligent. Another thing I purchased was a little hanger I hook on to clip all my rags and socks too. This is primarily just to save space. I highly recommend both of these items if you want to have a quality experience with hang drying. If you're interested in them, I put them in links below along with a few other pieces of interest, so feel free to take a look.
Clamp Hanger from Walmart
Sustainable Laundry Basket from Amazon
Wool Dryer Balls from Amazon