Do you use a dryer, line dry your cloths or a both? There are pros and cons to either way you look at it it. I’d like to share some thoughts on the topic.
It’s funny how what is the norm for some people really isn’t the norm for most. Really how many people in the world own dryers? It’s something that most people who grew up in the States have accepted something you just have. Growing up visiting my Grandma I can remember on one hand the amount of times I saw her use her tiny dyer (we’re talking 3 feet by 2 feet, maybe). I loved helping her hang clothes in the gentle Missouri summer breeze. Her clothes never saw the dryer in the summer time. Even in the winter she hung most of her clothes in the basement, when she was 80. My Grandma rocked! She was also a wonderful example to me.
Living in Mexico dryers are pretty much unheard of. So that year I spent as a laundry lady all 9 plus loads a day were hung by hand. The school where I serve has a dryer but it’s only for emergencies, like rain coming down for four days straight and 30 kids needing clean underwear. Even in the winter clothes are line dried. A few months ago I when I was at Bible Study one of my new friends who had just moved to the area mentioned that she had a dryer, we were all shocked! It was so unheard of. Electricity is very costly for most living in Mexico. It’s less compared to what Americans spend but still more than most can afford. So line drying it is.
Even for those living in the States (or Canada) dryers are expensive. They are one of the top energy users in the house, along with refrigerators, lighting and heating. The average American spends roughly $196 a year on the energy used to run the dryer.
There are benefits to both sides but I think that the benefits of line drying far out weigh those of using the dryer.
Benefits of Line Drying:
- Fresh clean air, it’s great for you and your clothes
- Clean “line dried” scent, we actually pay for this scent in some fabric softeners and detergents!
- Save money on electricity, about $196 a year
- Time outside, I always feel better if I’ve spent some time outside
- Vitamin D, the sun is the best natural source of Vitamin D, soak it up!
- Sun “bleaches” clothing, making whites brighter
- Natural highlights, the sun lightens your hair 🙂
- Clothes last longer. Lint is worn off the fabric as it is tossed in the dryer, weakening the fabric fibers.
- Clothes don’t shrink
- No static
- Zippers catch on clothing and snag them when using the dryer.
- Less laundry, when you hang your clothes to dry you start to realize which items can be used more often before they make it in the laundry basket.
- Time alone (possibly). It’s a time to get out of the house for a few minutes. Why not pray for each person in your family by name while you hang up their clothes?
- Saves time
- If you have seasonal allergies it keeps pollens off clothes
- You can do laundry on rainy/snowy days. Even with having covered lines my clothes take about three days to dry on rainy winter days. Inside it takes two days. The clothes end up smelling musty.
- Ok, I have to admit it, I love the feel of sheets hot out of the dyer. 🙂