Everyone loves technology. It is inseparable from our lives and has impacted us positively in several ways.
But when it comes to drying clothes, a little digression is allowed. Dryers are not entirely bad. But a better option exits for several reasons:
This is the most important reason for using air to dry your clothes. If you have used utility dryers in the past, you know they cost a lot of money. Not only are they expensive to buy, but they are also big on maintenance fees. Just deciding you will start air-drying your clothes alone will give you a good sigh of relief.
An average dryer costs between £200 and £1,700 and you can easily expend up to £50 in electricity bills in the cost of a year. This might look insignificant but when you consider other items in your home that uses electricity, you see how the costs can build up.
In fact, it is estimated by the U.S Department of Energy that clothes dryers account for 6% of household's annual electricity consumption, super higher than any other household appliance. Consequently, if you opt for line drying and consistently dry your clothes this way, you will see a drop in your electricity bill.
You will be able to save on electric and gas bills. Most importantly, new clotheslines specifically rotary ones aren't too expensive and are often easier to operate than a clothes dryer.
Do you spend more than 15 minutes to hang your load of laundry? Do you spend less than that? Whichever it is, line drying offers you the opportunity to interact with nature. You can smell and feel the freshness of your laundry, enjoy the outdoor air as it brushes your chin, and appreciate the chance to extend this simple act of service to your family.
If you are a green enthusiast, agree, this is a big one on you. Most enthusiasts look for possible ways to ensure a greener environment and promote environmental friendly activities. And line drying is a kind of green laundry and living. By using clothes lines to dry your laundry, you are not only conserving energy but also protecting the environment through saving on fossil fuel.
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reports that there are more than 90 million clothes dryers in the United State of American. And carbon footprint can be lessend by 2,400 pounds when all households air-dry. Not only that, other experts have stated that the residential output of carbon dioxide will also go down by 3.3% if all households in the U.S line-dried for 6 months.
You may not be aware, but when you use dryers, you can't do without additional chemical laundry fresheners like dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Although they can help soften your clothes, they can also work negatively on the freshness of your clothes. If you air-dry, you don't need all these chemicals for your dried clothes and they often feel fresher. Moreover, if you are sensitive to preservatives and perfumes used in detergents and dryer products, you will do your health a favour by going for line drying. Or do you think dryer sheets are less expensive than readily available fresh air?
The ultra-violet rays from the sunlight acts as a natural disinfectant and bleach. Moreover, when you lay diapers and white clothes under the care of the sun, all stains fade away entirely (not be applicable to black clothes).
It can feel good to toss your clothes in the dryer and get busy with other things. But if you are like me, you want to know the possible effect on your clothing since you are leaving all the work to a robot.
A dryer will tumble and toss your clothes around to clean them. During this process, your clothing fabric receives strains and wears off as the buttons and zippers on clothes snags and seam on it. You may not notice it immediately; because it is a gradual process. And if you are the type that prefers quality clothes over anything else, you want them to last as long as possible.
On another note, dryers can produce excessive heat and this can definitely infringe damage on your fabric and sometimes they can be irreversible. Line drying is gently on fibre and feels more natural than a dryer.
When you air dry your clothes, all your limbs are involved. It is a standing activity and can be done either indoor or outdoor. This flexibility is particularly helpful. Depending on the weather, you can choose to dry your clothes outside or just have your things inside. In fact, you can set up your racks indoor and outdoor and then choose which one to use anyway. This will probably increase your expenses, but it is also optional.
And if you are having a shot at weight loss, this can definitely help. You can easily burn 30 calories or more when you stand for 15 minutes to hang laundry.
This is a huge step you and your family can take towards better wellbeing and good health. You don't have to wait for the government to reduce your monthly expenses or help you protect pollution. You have the opportunity to take action and make a positive impact on your life.