SEPTEMBER JUST LIVING CHALLENGE
Now that fall is approaching and drier weather is ahead, September is a good month to try hanging your laundry up to dry. Drying your laundry outside instead of in a clothes dryer has advantages other than the obvious one of saving energy and reducing your electric or gas bill.
Clothing dried on a line lasts longer than if dried in a dryer because of less wear and tear on the fabric. (Where do you think all that dryer fluff comes from?) Laundry dried in the sun gets bleached naturally, is sanitized by the rays of the sun, and has a clean and natural smell without fragrances. The best part of hanging your laundry on a line is that it gets you outside on a beautiful day.
Source: Organic Gardening
If There’s Only One Thing You Can Do
Put your wet, just- laundered shirts on plastic hangers and find a place to hang them inside to dry. Hang them on the shower curtain rod, towel bars, an over the door hanger, or on a line in the basement or attic. You might even have a covered area outside where you could hook a few hangers.
Take Small Steps
Put up a line outside where it will be in the sun and find some clothespins. Start off by hanging a few selected items such as kitchen towels and cloth napkins and advance to underwear, t-shirts, shorts, and pants. If your towels are stiff after line-drying, put them into the dryer and run it on air fluff for a few minutes to soften them. Even if you don’t hang all of every wash load, you are reducing carbon emissions and helping to protect the environment every time you put it on the line.
Doing part of your weekly chores outdoors makes it easier to enjoy God’s creation. While you are clipping laundry to the line, focus on something in nature – the sky, a butterfly, a plant – and allow your gratitude for what God has given us fill your soul. You will return to your other chores refreshed and with a gentler spirit.
A clothes dryer consumes about 6% of the energy use in the home. By reducing the number of loads or the size of the loads, you will be using less electricity or gas which means fewer fossil fuels extracted and burned and less air pollution. Using your dryer less also translates into fewer dryer sheets needed and longer lasting clothing and linens. Each of these results has a positive effect on our air, land and water and if enough people change to line drying, can improve lives across the globe.