Save Money by Line Drying Your Laundry.

Save Money by Line Drying Your Laundry.

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Save money by line drying your laundry

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Save money by line drying your laundry, save time, save energy, save your clothes! You are about to learn how to do all of these things in a shorter period of time than it takes to throw it in the dryer and fold it.

I love the smell of bed sheets that have been line dried on the clothesline! Do you know that smell? It smells like sunshine and summer days. I remember my mother used a clothesline to dry clothes when I was a young child. That smell brings back fond memories.

By the time I was old enough to do laundry, we always used a dryer. I never questioned why or even thought about it, and once I moved out and had my own washer and dryer, things went on much about the same.

Saving money and the environment

Then there was a cultural shift about twenty years ago in regards to the environment. This shifted me towards being more frugal and less wasteful. I was interested in using less resources while getting the same results. So, I got a rain barrel and then a clothes line.

In the early days, I would hang my clothes on the line outside when I had time. Otherwise, I kept using the dryer. It could be some work hauling clothes in and out of the house. Sometimes I just couldn’t get into it; despite wanting to save money on my electric bill.


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Fast-forward to I married a Dutch man, I met my Dutch mother-in-law and I got a crash course in hanging laundry out to dry on a clothes line. I was in awe to find a kindred spirit there. She doesn’t even own a dryer, neither does my sister-in-law.

I had a big question in my mind about how they dried their clothes in the winter. The answer is, if it’s dry outside, the clothes get hung outside. Otherwise, she hangs them around the house. I live in Florida, I can do this.

House with snow capped mountains and clothes line

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The problem with Florida is the humidity. Sometimes you can hang clothes out in 98 degree, cloudless, sunny day and it takes hours for them to dry. The humidity just soaks into the clothing. It can be defeating. Also, during the spring, we have a few weeks that are prohibitive due to the enormous amounts of pollen. You don’t want pollen all over your linens and clothing.

My solution is indoor drying. I stopped using my dryer about 5 years ago, but I keep it around. Sometimes if someone needs something in a hurry, we use the dryer. I also use it sometimes to fluff comforters. I line dry and hang everything.

Line drying preserves your clothes

I have found that my clothes last longer by not being constantly broken down in the dryer. The clothing also shrinks less this way. You will save money on clothing and your electric bills by leaving the dryer behind. Let’s talk about how I do it.

I do most of my laundry on the weekend. I wash about 4-6 loads a week. If I have a busy weekend, I will do a load or two on Friday night to get ahead. I find that this method saves me more time than when I used a dryer.

Laundry washing basics

Washing laundry in washing machine

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I wash most clothing on the Tap Cold setting and use about 50% of the recommended laundry detergent. The clothes are just as clean and less crunchy. This also saves money! If you have hard water, you may need to add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your rinse cycle. You can just pour it in the fabric softener dispenser and it will go through during the final rinse. I set the machine to a fast spin cycle to dry them as much as possible before the machine finishes.

Hang the laundry up to dry

Clothes hanging on line over balcony

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As the laundry comes out of the washer, I shake it out to remove most of the wrinkles. Give it a good whip while holding on to the top of the item. Hang shirts on a hanger and then hang the hanger in the doorway of the laundry room or on a drying rack mounted to the wall.

Clothes hanging in the door frame of the laundry room.

Pants are hung on hangers with clips. I just recycle the hangers that came with a purchase, but you can also purchase these. Paired socks and underwear are clipped onto my Socktopuss from IKEA. I have two folding drying racks that I put out in the dining room for towels, sweaters, and sheets.

Sock-to-puss hanging the small things.

Large items like blankets and sheets require creativity for hanging up in the house. I use the shower curtain rail or high top bar stools to stretch large items across. Your house may look like a kid’s tent city, but it’s just for one day.

Putting clean laundry away

Women's clothing hanging

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This is the best part for me. As I am hanging laundry, I hang it in sections for each person. When it is dry, I can grab many hangers of shirts at once for one person and they put it away. The pants are removed and folded in stacks for each person. Socks and underwear are removed and placed in baskets specific to the owner. Everyone grabs their basket and puts it away. Fold the towels and sheets, collapse the drying racks and store until next week.

Tips

  • Hang your laundry up soon after the washing machine completes. The longer it sits, the harder it will be for the wrinkles to come out.
  • Remember to use less detergent. Experiment with how much is right for your water and machine.
  • A 1/2 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle will help clothes from being crunchy when dry.

Give line drying a try

Sheets hanging on a clothes line in the woods

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I hope you will try line drying. Whether you hang outdoors or indoors, you will save money, preserve your clothing investment, and be kinder to the environment.

Please visit my other posts about money-saving ideas for grocery shopping here! Every week please visit for Sunday Funday Cleaning Series where we clean something together while being green, frugal, and practical.

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