The elements of nature are truly amazing because they provide us with effortless reasons to love and appreciate them everyday. The wind and sun work together to create the ultimate all-natural dryer for freshly cleaned laundry, and can provide you with freshly air-dried clothes, complete with a bright, sunny smell. Line drying is an activity that is chosen less often than using a commercial clothes dryer, but should be taken advantage of more since it's a safer and greener option. Here are a couple reasons why you should start line drying your laundry outside!
1. It's environmentally friendly. First and foremost, line drying your clothes will save energy. For many households, the clothes dryer is the third-most energy-hungry appliance, after the refrigerator and washer. By simply switching from using a clothes dryer to line drying, a household can reduce their carbon footprint 2,400 pounds a year (via Green America)
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2. It saves your clothes. The lint that is scraped off of a dryer’s lint trap after each load is visible evidence of the dryer shortening the life of your clothes. Line drying will prevent your clothes from withering or shrinking each time it’s sent to get dried, and it will also save you the cost of re-purchasing them over time.
3. It creates laundry consciousness. Since line-drying takes more time, you become more aware of how badly you need to wash your clothes and decide if it can wait until a later time. This will help you make the most usage out of your time and clothes.
4. It whitens and disinfects clothes. The sun’s UV rays can be used to disinfect water and damp laundry. When hung dry on a clothesline, it even helps to remove lingering stains. Keep the clothes you want to whiten outside for several sunny days — eventually the stains will go away.
5. It's gentle on clothes. Clothes dryers can cause wear and strain on clothing when it’s tossed and tumbled in high heat. Line drying is more gentle, so you don't have to worry about anything harmful happening to your clothes when it's being dried.
6. It helps you save money. Purchasing an air dryer is much cheaper than buying a clothes dryer and dryer sheets. You can get an estimate on how much energy you use in your home and calculate how much money you would be saving if you switched to line drying by clicking here.
7. It encourages you to go outside. There is something very therapeutic about line-drying your clothes outside, especially when the weather is refreshingly beautiful. On a sunny day in the spring or summer, head outside with your kids and line-dry your clothes while they play, or ask them to help you out. Get creative and turn this into a small and fun family bonding activity.
8. It reduces wrinkles. After drying your clothes from pins on a clothesline, hang them up outside and let the wrinkles dissipate. This works best when it’s windy out, and it’s also beneficial for those who don’t like to iron!
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