How do we get over our addiction to drying machines and stop using excuses when, if you get down to it, are really just excuses and not real justifications? What is the real savings, both from a monetary standpoint and a carbon emissions one? One thing I love about air drying laundry is that, after some initial investment in racks or lines, it's free.
Here are some of the benefits (depending on how much laundry you do and whether or not you have to pay coin-operated machines):
- You save $150 or more per year in energy costs or coins
- You reduce your carbon emissions by about a thousand pounds or more
- You create less wear and tear on your clothes
- Air drying eliminates static cling
- If you dry outside, the UV light from the sun can help disinfect clothing
The Hang 'em Dry Challenge is a challenge to get you to line dry all of your laundry for the month of October. Preferably, you'll air dry all of your laundry and not use your dryer at all, but, since it's October (and might be moist in your area), if you need to finish off drying a load, that is allowed as long as it doesn't take more than 15 minutes to finish drying it.
As part of this challenge, I'll be doing some fun giveaways, including an indoor and a tripod laundry rack, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
If you are interested in signing up for this challenge, add your name to the comments of this post. You have a few weeks to get yourselves prepared, but if you don't want to spend much money, invest in an inexpensive clothesline and some clothespins and it shouldn't set you back more than $10.
If you want to put the challenge badge on your blog to help encourage people to start line drying their clothes, just use the following code:
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For more information on line drying laundry, make sure you check out Project Laundry!