Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Project Laundry List


This was a big thing for Bill and I when we lived in Pickerel as we don't even own a clothes dryer. In nice weather the clothes got hung outside and in the winter they got hung in the shop which gave the added bonus of adding humidity for free to the house air. When we are boondocking it is too hard to use our clothes rack but that is the only time we use a dryer.

Here are the top Ten Reasons for line drying. Won't you try and join the cause?

10) Save money (more than $25/month off electric bill for many households).

9) Clothes last longer. Where do you think lint comes from?

8) Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment. Yankee Candle thinks so, too...

7) Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change. Learn how!

6) It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside. You can even lose weight!

5) Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.

4) Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.

3) Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.

2) It is fun! And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.

1) Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don't have to wait for the government to take action!

1 comment:

  1. When I was growing up, my parents put me and my big sister in charge of line drying. Too bad our dogs picked the spot under the line to do their business. Talk about dodging land mines while hanging out clothes ;) LOL!