Backyard clotheslines may seem old-fashioned and are actually banned in some communities as eye-sores. But our grandmothers were onto something when they hung every load of laundry out to dry. There are some great benefits to line drying laundry.
Did you know that there is a non-profit organization devoted to line drying laundry? Project Laundry List promotes the environmental and economic benefits of allowing the sun and breeze to dry freshly washed clothes and linens.
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Line Drying Clothes Saves Money
The average household in the United States that chooses to abandon their automatic utility-powered tumble clothes dryer can save more than $200 per year on electric or natural gas or propane gas bills. A new clothesline is much less expensive to purchase and operate than a new clothes dryer.
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Line Drying Clothes Promotes Energy Conservation
Line drying laundry conserves energy and helps to protect the environment by saving precious fossil fuels. It is the pinnacle of green laundry and living!
There are more than 90 million clothes dryers in the United States, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Air-drying clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year. If all Americans line-dried for just half a year, it would save 3.3% of the country’s total residential output of carbon dioxide, experts say.
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Line Drying Clothes Enhances Freshness and Helps Remove Strong Odors
Line dried clothes and sheets smell much fresher than clothes that are tumble dried without the use of additional chemical laundry fresheners like dryer sheets and fabric softener. This is particularly important for those sensitive to perfumes and dyes used in detergents and dryer products.
And fresh air is less expensive than dryer sheets.
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Line Drying is Gentle on ClothingContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Line Drying Increase Physical Activity and Promotes Weight Loss
Hanging up laundry is a physical activity that you can do inside or outside. 15 minutes of hanging laundry or removing it from the line burn 68 calories. That's saving enough calories to enjoy a snack of 20 olives, two clementines or three mini candy bars!
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Line Drying Helps Whiten and Disinfect Laundry
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Line Drying Clothes Inside Increases Winter Humidity
The colder temperatures and dry air of winter typically drop the humidity level inside homes. Lower humidity can contribute to dry nasal passages which welcome cold and flu viruses.
Drying clothes on indoor racks can add humidity to a home's air during dry winter weather.
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Line Drying Clothes Prevents Fire Risks
Clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries annually in the United States with the yearly costs in the U.S. for fire loss due to clothes dryer fires estimated at $99 million. Using an indoor drying rack or outside line will help prevent dangerous fires.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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