The benefits of air drying clothes are legion – if you want to go green, it’s an easy, low-investment cost way to start saving energy right off the bat. Plus, it’s good for your clothes; while an electric or gas dryer is super convenient for quick drying, it’s also hard on your clothes. (Where does the dryer lint that’s building up to a fire hazard in your vent come from? Fibers stolen from your favorite comfy sweatshirt and your super comfy house socks!)
Air Drying Clothes saves money – an average load of clothes dried in an electric dryer costs $.35-$.40 per load. An average load of clothes dried in a gas dryer is cheaper, at $.15 – $.20 per load. Air drying? Free if you already have a drying rack or clothes line. How many loads of laundry do you do per week? Are you seeing where you can justify your next mocha frappucino?
If you can air dry your clothes outside you get the added benefit of the sun as a natural bleaching agent. With no chemicals added, you get extra white whites, and a free anti-bacterial treatment. There’s also the great fresh scent of clothes and bedding when you choose air drying your clothes over the manufactured scents of dryer sheets. If you don’t like the rough feel of air dried fabrics you can concede to a quick fluff in the dryer on ‘cool’ or ‘air dry’ setting, or run a steam iron over sheets and garments to loosen the fibers a bit.
You might think that if you don’t have an outdoor clothesline or a lot of space to install one you’re out of luck for air drying clothes. Not so! There are wide variety of options for portable clothes lines, wall mounted retractable clothes lines, and even clothes lines that you can mount to a deck rail if you’re an apartment dweller lucky enough to have a deck space. These clothes line options are out of the way when not in use so they won’t detract from your landscape or decor.
Air drying clothes inside isn’t impossible either – no matter what size space you have to work in. Turn your bathroom into a drying space with an over the tub drying rack that folds away when not in use. Install a pull out drying line that hides away inside it’s casing when it’s not laundry day. You can even choose an over the door drying rack that is great for hand-washed lingerie or keeping bath towels from getting musty so they can be re-used several times.
Air drying clothes is good for your home environment too – in the winter air drying clothes acts as a natural humidifier for your home. In the summer air drying eliminates heat output from your electric or gas dryer – if you’re using AC to cool your home, why create an additional heat source and make the AC unit work harder?
So it’s simple, whenever you can air drying clothes and bedding is the way to go. Do you currently air dry clothes? What do you love about it?