Laundry in this house used to involve sorting, throwing a load in the washing machine, transferring it to the dryer and then hanging, folding etc. I didn’t even think about the fact that there may be a different way to approach this.
Then I read that the average family spends $200 in power a year to run the dryer. It was one of those aha moments as I started to imagine what we could do with an extra $200 a year. It would most certainly take a lot of pressure off our super tight budget.
It also got me thinking about the fact that we didn’t have a dryer when I grew up. Mom and us girls would hang the laundry up outside or in the basement when it was raining out (or so cold that the laundry would freeze instead of dry).
I started to look into setting up a clothes line to hang up our washed pants, shirts and towels. Turns out my savings wouldn’t just stop at the power bill. Obviously I also wouldn’t have to buy a new dryer in a few years. But what really surprised me was the fact that clothing apparently lasts a lot longer when line-dried instead of tossing it in the dryer.
I was hooked and together with my husband we added some clothes lines to our back yard. I also set up a clothes drying rack in my laundry room since I have plenty of room in there. It works great for underwear and other small items, and I can dry anything on there if weather doesn’t permit hanging the clothes up outside.
I do have to do a little more planning to make this work. I pay attention to the weather report and wash a load of sheets and one with jeans if the forecast calls for a warm and dry day. I also keep an eye out for rain when I have laundry hanging outside.
If you’re still relying 100% on your dryer, give line drying a chance. You’ll save some cash, your clothes will last longer and they smell really good from all that fresh air.
For more tips like this, check out the Keeping It Clean ebook series by Tawra and Jill. Even though I’ve lived frugally my whole life, I leanred quite a few new tips in each of these 3 books.
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