Saving on energy bills and ironing

sylvia55July 10, 2008

Yet another advantage of line drying laundry is that you can spin at the very lowest spin speed your washer allows and hang out laundry fairly wet.

This will mean you:

*save on the electricity your washer uses

*save on wear & tear of your washer

*save on wear & tear of your laundry

And best of all because although I enjoy hanging our my washing I HATE IRONING you will:

*save time as you keep ironing to a minimum

*save on the electricity your iron uses

If you use a tumble dryer you would spin at the highest speed to save energy costs - therefore not getting all these advantages.

I have heard lots of other advantages of using a washing line/umbrella type dryer however have never actually seen anyone pointing out the above.

This occured to me today as I hung out my - very damp - laundry in my lovely English garden on a fairly warm, breezy, very good drying day.

If you would like to see some pics of my garden - see if you can spot my small rotary dryer - go to the

laundrylist.org blog

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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I just wear drip dry polyester. 2 seconds in the dryer and no ironing. But, I rarely have to iron my cotton clothing if I dry them in the dryer for a few minutes first.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 8:41PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

I enjoyed your pictures Sylvia.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 4:21PM
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michelle_phxaz

I wish we could line dry, but Phoenix is too dusty. I like the smell of line dried clothes, but I prefer the feel of dryer-dried clothes.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 12:50AM
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Cynic

Never ironed anything in my life. Never owned an iron. Never will. Isn't that what college kids use to make grilled cheese sandwiches?

Things get "tumble ironed" or hair dryer ironed if they've been sitting in a heap for a couple weeks. If I hang clothes up timely, there's no problem at all.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 2:27PM
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lyfia

Maybe when there is no new construction going on we can go back to line drying. The dust and crap just makes the clothes look dirtier than they were going in to the laundry to start with. I love the smell of line dried clothes. I still dry some stuff inside on a line, but the space isn't large enough for a load and the smell isn't the same. Although I tend to have to iron more when line drying. My cotton stuff just doesn't seem to want to shape up as nicely although steam from the shower works ok for ironing.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 6:06PM
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pammyfay

What is this word you use ... "ironing"?
Is that something golfers do?
(LOL!)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 7:59PM
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scarlett2001

Anything that has wrinkles- I just spray on Downey wrinkle release and smooth them with my hands - no electricity used at all.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 10:53PM
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