5 Reasons to Dry Your Laundry on a Clothesline

5 Reasons to Dry Your Laundry Outdoors

When I march into the backyard, a laundry basket under one arm and a basket of clothes pins swinging from the other, I get a certain sense of satisfaction. I’m saving the earth, bleaching my whites and (literally) airing out my laundry all in one fell swoop. If you’re not yet convinced about drying your laundry outdoors, check out these five advantages to using a clothesline…

Energy savings – Next to heating and air conditioning, the clothes dryer is one of the biggest energy hogs in your house. And although you’re not going to retire on the $7 per month in energy savings, every little bit helps!

All natural bleaching – That big ol’ star that we call the sun is quite powerful. Drying your whites out in the sunshine will keep them whiter for longer – no harmful chemicals required.

Pendleton wool blankets dry on a clothesline in the backyard

Fresh sheets – Nothing beats burying your face in a pillow case that has been dried on a clothesline. It’s like laying your head on a cloud! Who needs chemical laden dryer sheets when you can get the real deal naturally? 

Get up and move – If nothing else, hanging your clothes on the line is an excuse to drag your booty out of the house and into the fresh air. Take some deep breaths while your clip your clothes to the line and enjoy the bird songs for a little meditation.

Wrinkle prevention – Unlike the tumbling action of a dryer, which can create terrible wrinkles in clothes, wind powered drying tends to create a smoother finish.

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Images: Mr. and Mr. Blandings

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