Shun the Dryer; Hang Clothes Outdoors

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Hanging clothing out on the line to dry may not be the nicest display to look at, but it will save you energy. And if your outdoor air is reasonably free from smog, it will also smell outdoorsy fresh when you bring it in.

Considering that a large washload can take around 25 minutes or more to dry in your dryer, you can save quite a bit by hanging even just the larger pieces outdoors.

Keep the small ‘unmentionables’ for your dryer if you like, though some hang the complete wash. It’s a green living alternative to clothes drying that can save you money plus help your clothes to last longer.

Hanging outdoors of course is nicer from spring to fall, but you can hang clothing in the dead of winter as well. It does take a little longer to dry, so hang it early on a sunny day and it will freeze first, then dry.

Don’t be surprised if items like towels or jeans feel a little stiff with winter line drying, that’s normal. Once folded, that stiffness will ease and you can fluff them in the dryer for 5 minutes or less – they wouldn’t need much, and you’ll still be saving energy.

My favorite pieces to line dry are blankets, comforters, sheets and large towels, though I often do more. I especially love that fresh air scent it leaves on bedding.

There are various types of clothelines and racks for outdoor use and what you choose will depend on your space and whether you can install a permanent line or settle for a portable drying rack.  It can be very handy to have a small rack in the home for drying delicates and fine clothing.
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