Dear Creatives, Happy Monday to you! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. One thing that happens on the weekends when we are busy all week is to catch up on the laundry. This time of year it is great to hang out the clothes on the line. Call it nostalgic, economical or just a great way to burn off a few calories by toting the baskets out to the line. It is enjoying nature while doing a chore which makes it seem less than a chore. The best thing about it is conserving energy! We should all try being a little greener.
One of my favorite scenes is catching the sun setting & light between the full of the summer trees in the backyard while listening to the gentle afternoon breeze. Honestly it feels relaxing. I love it when I can read the bills seeing the costs cut down & know that I helped saved energy. Today I thought I would share a few saving tips & sites in case your interested in revisiting the age old tradition of hanging out the clothes & saving energy.
Complain that when they line dry their clothing (especially jeans and towels), it ends up stiff and scratchy? Using just a 1/2- 3/4 cup vinegar per load added just before your rinse cycle starts, will keep your clothing soft. Don’t worry about any vinegar odor — it disappears as the clothing dries. I just read this tip but haven’t used it. I usually toss the towels in the dryer for 5 minutes to soften them up. I know, laundry police may come get me but, for me it is easy & beats a 50 minute dry time. I never seem to have a problem with the rest of the clothes.
To prevent fading from the sun, place your clothesline in a breezy shaded area. My line is between two trees with large full leaves in the spring & summer. I hope these few tips & links will inspire you to try to hang out your clothes if not all the time at least now & then.
The second biggest household energy user, after the refrigerator, is the clothes dryer. Overdrying your clothes can end up costing you money as well. (As much as $70,000 over your lifetime, according to the Green Cheapskate.) An electric dryer operating an extra 15 minutes a load can cost you up to $34 a year in wasted energy; a gas dryer, $21 a year. When using the dryer, clear the lint filter after each load and dry only full loads of clothes. Dry heavy fabrics separately from lighter ones, and don’t add wet clothing in the middle of the drying cycle. And remember that hanging clothing outside in the sun and air to dry is the most energy-efficient method — or use a folding indoor rack all year long.
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After this weekend I think I need to get a sign for my laundry room that says this! To remind myself of all the loads of fun!
Do you ever hang your laundry out?
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