Monday, May 9, 2011

Hanging out the laundry

Thought that was rather funny.

Top Ten Reasons to Line Dry

We think there are dozens of reasons to hang out, but these are a few of the most compelling reasons.

10) Save money

You can save more than $25/month off the monthly electric bill for many households.

9) Clothes last longer

Where do you think lint comes from?

8) Pleasant Scent

Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment. Yankee Candle thinks so, too...

7) Saves Energy, Preserves Environment, Reduces Pollution

Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change. Learn how!

6) Healthy Work

It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside. You can even lose weight!

5) Get the Sunshine Treatment

Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.

4) Replace another appliance

Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.

3) Avoid a Fire

Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.

2) It is fun!

And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.

1) It is truly patriotic

Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don't have to wait for the government to take action!

Quick Facts

  • About 62% of Americans washing clothes at home use warm or hot water during the wash cycle.
  • In the United States, 92% of single family homes had a dryer in 2005.
  • Eighty percent of American households use a dryer for between 2 and 9 loads per week. Millions more use a multi-housing laundry or coin-operated laundry facility to wash and/or dry their clothes.
  • Less than 4% of Italian households own a dryer.
  • About 77% of dryers used in the home are electric; the others are gas and propane.
  • Approximately one quarter of Americans use an ENERGY STAR washer. There are no ENERGY STAR dryers on the market.
  • Laundry was the primary household responsibility of 76% of women and 24% of men in a Whirlpool survey of 2,500 consumers; some 78% of those surveyed do approximately nine loads of laundry each week.
  • You don't even need soap to wash most loads. The agitation of washing machines often does the job on its own.
  • We estimate that 8% of households line-dry their laundry during 5 months of the year. If all Americans who currently do not use a clothesline started to use one for ten months of the year, we could avoid 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, annually.
  • Stimulating the “effort-driven reward circuit” with hands-on physical activities that yield tangible rewards, like line-drying and cooking your own meals,  may build resilience against depression.
  • Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.
  • 60 million Americans live in approximately 300,000 community associations (mobile home parks, retirement communities, gated communities, condominiums, etc.). The majority of these restrict or ban the clothesline.
  • Apartment communities can save 330 percent more water, equating to a savings of 8,216 gallons of water per year per unit, by utilizing a common-area laundry room instead of an in-unit washing machine.
  • Common-area laundry rooms use 500 percent less energy than in-unit machines.
  • More than 80 percent of residents will utilize on-site laundry if owners and managers provide a common-area laundry room in their properties.
  • An estimated 17,700 reported U.S. non-confined or confined home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines result in 15 civilian deaths, 360 civilian injuries and $194 million in direct property damage annually. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires.
  • Approximately 23.8 billion pounds of clothing and textiles end up in U.S. landfills each year.
  • Cotton production accounts for 2.4% of total arable land yet accounts for 11% of global pesticide use and 25% of global insecticide use.
  • You can reduce the full lifecycle climate change impact of your jeans by up to 50 percent by line drying and washing them in cold water.

Got that list from here

Now off to hang out my first load of laundry for the day, have another one to do later on!!  Enjoy your Monday.


Janet said...

Will definitely line dry as much as possible now-some good tips ! thank you!

Angela said...

handwashing AND line drying now, My machine literally exploded on saturday!

Crazy Acres Rose said...

I read another list somewhere, that talked about how people used to know what their neighbours were doing, all because of what was on the clotheslines :D

1) people knew when their neighbour had company coming, as the "fine line and bedsheets" were on the line a few days before

2) people knew when someone in the house was sick, because there was more bedding on the line everyday

3) people knew when a neighbour had a baby, as there were new/smaller clothes in appropriate colours on the line

4) people knew when you were on holidays as there was no laundry out on the regular wash day


5) people knew when a neighbour were back from holidays as their clotheslines were so full of wash, they almost touched the ground, and every inch of line was used :D

~Carla~ said...

I line dry (indoor & outdoor) all our clothes except socks & undies! Loved the little! So true!

angela said...

there is nothing better than getting into bed and smelling the sunshine in your sheets! I got given a dryer as a wedding present and really only used it in emergencies when I had babies. I didnt use disposables so sometimes I had to dry nappies in the dryer. But then it just sat unused for years so I gave it away. I always dry on the line or on cloths horses in the house.

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

I think I might use my dryer 2x per year, if that? Had to wash my sheets today, as I got chocolate icecream on them....tomorrow's story "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard" lol. It was a perfect day for it though, I must say ....

Scrappy quilter said...

I don't own a clothes dryer. I line dry from early spring to late fall. Then I use a clothesrack. That just the funniest. Hugs

DeniseinVA said...

There is nothing like the smell of bed linens that have been hung on the washing line. I remember that back from my childhood but sad to say that outside washing lines are against the rules in our HOA handbook. I have however seen lines strung up inside garages when the doors have been open. Not quite the same thing though. Time to move to the countryside?

Rose said...

I don't hang all my clothes on the line, but it is one of my favorite jobs. Just something about it...and LOVE going to bed on sheets hung in the sunshine.

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

I love the timer on my washing machine; thought I would never use it, however I just used it yesterday. Very handy for a person, like myself, who hates paying for any more hydro then I have to, and who also has a short memory span at Yes, and DO NOT get me started on delivery rates to the

Stella Jones said...

I've got behind with your posts and I don't really know why. They didn't seem to pop up in the usual place! Must catch up.
I always hang outside in England if the weather is fine. The clothes smell so much better when they come in and my tights and stockings are not all tangled up. It is true that the sunlight sterilises the clothes so very important for nappies, knickers, socks etc. I'm ALL for it.
This post was very interesting.