Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hang 'Em Dry Clothing Confessional #4

This weekend wraps up the fourth week of October's Hang 'Em Dry Challenge where you can pledge to line or otherwise air dry all your laundry for the month.

Since I know it's unrealistic to completely line dry all of your laundry on some days, I'm letting you all do a weekly confessional so that, if you do end up caving in and using the dryer, you can confess, get it off your chest and start up again instead of feeling like you're a cheater and just quitting altogether. We all have issues that crop up and sometimes using the dryer is a necessity.

This last week (up through Saturday) was fairly uneventful and, since we had beautiful weather up until the weekend, drying clothes outside was a breeze. I was able to put the clothes out every day except for two days and, as a result, was able to keep the dryer usage down.

Total dryer time used: 70 minutes
Total dryer time saved: 450 minutes (7.5 hours!)

How's the challenge going for you? Feel free to blog and post a link here, or just say how it's going in the comments!

10 comments:

DK said...

No dryer this week! Woo! We got rain here for the 2nd time this month today and part of my laundry got re-damped before I rescued it, but they weren't bad and they'll dry just fine on the laundry rack in my kitchen overnight tonight.

historicstitcher said...

Still dryer-free! I haven't use dthe dryer, even once, since late September!!!

This weekend was challenging, as it kept threatening to rain, and then splattering my laundry occasionally. But I got 5 loads of laundry washed and dried, with only one load of towels sitting on the dining room table, pulled in by the kids from a sudden downpour last night.

I do have to admit to having a secret weapon, though - a European exchange student. She's never used a dryer in her life, and is quite helpful on the line-drying front...

Adrienne said...

Well, they fixed the apartment building dryer... and they changed the setting so instead of the minimum being 24 minutes, it's now 60 minutes! Argh! Total dryer time for the month, just under two hours.

Jonalynn said...

I was doing great until Saturday! The weather channel said on Friday it'd be gorgeous here in Ohio on Saturday. So, I saved all my sheets for Sat. Got up and washed them only to discover dark ominous clouds. Not willing to admit defeat, I hung sheets on every door in the house...but they didn't dry in time for bed(I don't have extras). After an afternoon spent on the doors, they took about 45 minutes. The whites I'd washed took another hour. Of course, in true Ohio fashion, Sunday was gorgeous and in the 70's with sunshine.

Maria said...

Ten loads of laundry since Friday (my son came home!) and only two went into the dryer (towels!), so I am doing well! Thank goodness for my inside drying rack!

Mrs Mallard said...

After a crazy week, I realized too late I hadn't washed the sheets. Noooooo! We had to stick them in the dryer for about 30 minutes so we could make the bed. And my husband--who has been just as excited about this challenge as me--reluctantly used our dryer's 15-minute steam function to de-wrinkle his work shirts for the week ahead. The thought of ironing at 9pm on a Sunday was just too much to bear...

FernWise said...

Rightnow, I'm really looking forward to having a dryer again for the times I can't dry outside. I've not had one since January. Yesterday I hung clothes on hangers and hung the hangers from the edges of the stairs going up to the second floor.

Wendy said...

My husband is longing to get our dryer fixed, but I am insisting that we can manage, even during the winter. We've strung up a climbing rope in the basement. It only holds about half as much as the outside line, though. If I can remember to get a load washed and hung up before we go to bed, it's usually dry by morning (except for the jeans). I just checked the date on my original blog post (http://wisdomofthemoon.blogspot.com/2010/05/laundry-line.html) and it looks like we've been 100% dryer free since the end of April!

MajaBee said...

I *almost* used the dryer today because my kids wear school uniforms and I had dropped the ball on 'a load a day' to keep up with our laundry. I washed and hung it in the evening with the concession in mind that I'd only put four or so pieces in the dryer in the morning, for 5 minutes to finish drying them. (I hang them inside in the basement.) Turns out, only one pair of pants was damp in the thick parts, and I IRONED them dry! WHOO HOO! Still dryer free! Thank you for your challenge. Now I do not just 75% of my laundry but 100% without the dryer! :) :) :)

Karen said...

I live in BC where its been somewhat damp off and on thru the whole month, and I've always wanted to line dry but rarely can because so many neighbourhoods have covenants not allowing you too. We moved into a new house Oct 1st and I got a large drying rack and have been drying on that the entire month. Once I put 1 load in the dryer to finish up the drying. And that's it.

*** A BIG side not.....we have 7 children still at home with us, so I'm drying wash for 9 of us without the dryer. The key???? cutting down on dirty laundry. Rarely do I do more than 1 load of wash a day.

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