While many "green mom" things tend to take time/money/resources that I just don't have, I LOVE the idea of line drying laundry, especially while it's nice outside... and you know I'm all about a top 10 list!
What could be better than Colorado-mountain-air-dried clothes in the summer time?! Check out this top 10 list of reason why from our amazing friends at smallishblog.com.
- It saves money. Every time you run the dryer, you're using 30-40 cents. If you're using a gas dryer, it might be as low as 15-20 cents per load. Yearly, the dryer amounts to roughly $85 to operate, according to the California Energy Commission. Those numbers may not seem like a lot, but they add up over the years. Line-drying costs nothing.
- It gets you outside. When you sit at a computer all day, it's difficult to squeeze out time in the sun. Putting clothes on the line or taking them off is a great excuse to get some fresh air, even for just 10 minutes at a time. I hang laundry while Red plays outside. It's a win-win.
- It's downright therapeutic. Somehow, the rhythmic actions of clipping clothes on a line is a stress reliever for me. The combination of being outside and snapping the wooden clips often helps me relax. It's no substitute for a massage, but it works for everyday stress maintenance.
- It makes the earth smile. I imagine so, at least. Saving electricity means saving coal, which saves fossil fuels getting released into the air, which saves the ozone layer and saves us all from global warming. At least, that's how I remember it from grade school. It does work something like that, right?
- It helps you do laundry faster (if you so desire). Put one load on the line, put another in the dryer, and you can dry twice as many clothes at once. And BAM! Laundry day is over that much quicker.
- You'll be that cool neighborhood line-drying enthusiast. Yes, that is what they're calling it these days.
- Natural bleach. After an hour or two in the intense Colorado sun (or 20 minutes, with the heat this summer has brought), you'll notice your whites are brighter and stains are more faint. True story.
- It will give your clothes a longer (happier) life. Dryers can be really rough on clothes. The heat and heavy tumbling thins threads faster than a gentle nap in the sun will.
- It takes you back to a simpler time. A time when butter was churned by hand and bread rose on the window sill. Line drying is a welcome break from Facebook, phones beeping, a mile-a-minute life. It's even better when you braid your hair and pretend to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.
- It's kind of a workout. I said kind of. And that's coming from the girl who had a baby 12 weeks ago, so "in shape" is something that would not describe me right now. However, there is something to be said about the whole bending down to pick up clothes and then raising your arms above your head. That's aerobics, friend!
Check out more from our friends at smallishblog.com, after you go hang your laundry on the line!