Thursday, June 26, 2008

Laundry Day

Here's what laundry day looks like around here. No dryer! Well, I take that back, I dry socks, underwear, pjs, towels and sheets in the dryer. We have no clothes line and our HOA prohibits this is the best I can do. First I wash everything inside out in COLD. Then it's hung.
Here's the top 2 reasons why I hang dry clothes:

1. It keeps them looking great. No shrinking, minimal fading. They just look "new" no matter how many times my kids wear them. Ever notice how yucky a Ralph Lauren Polo collar looks after about 3 trips in the dryer, and you paid how much for it???? Hang them to dry! Also, I resell clothes on eBay and there are people who will pay a premium for line dried clothes. They just look so much better. No more lost bids for me.

2. It's takes no electricity to hang dry clothes (unless I run the fan in the utility). That means better for the environment (less carbon emissions, etc) and a lower bill for you! I love green things I can do that are easy!! To estimate your energy consumption for different appliances in your home go here. To read more about "vampire energy" go here. Did you know that a plasma TV turned OFF costs you $13.25 a month just to sit "turned off" in standby mode. What is you had 2 of these (I have none, boo hoo) that would be $26.50 a month just to plug in a TV. Okay, I'll step down from my energy soap box. But I will say the above example, use a power strip. You'll notice the difference with your first electric bill. Okay, now I'm done.

The whole process of hand drying clothes takes no extra time. Most of the clothes are already inside out when thrown into the laundry basket. I just pull them straight from the washer to hang them, once dry they go straight to the closet. I would have hung them from the dryer anyway. See? No extra work, I just changed up the order of doing things. I hung the metal shelves myself (with a little help from my step-dad), and they added so much storage space to my small laundry room. They are also perfect for hang drying clothes. See it's a win/win/win...

I've only been doing this about a year, as far as being 100% committed to doing it with the kids laundry. I've been gradually hang drying my clothes and hubby has started to do his. :) My green habits are contagious. What change can you make today?

1 comment:

Miss Mommy said...

Glad to know our laundry room is not the only one that looks like that too!! LOL

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I'm a married, stay-at-home mom to two kiddos in grade school. I love to save money as much as I like to make it! Coupons, thrift stores? Lead the way! But wait....there's more! I have a BBA from University of Oklahoma and I was a banker and an accountant before I became a domestic goddess!


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