The Joys of Hang Drying Clothes

Dryers are a modern convenience that only a small fraction of the world has access to. We have a dryer; we are lucky. And we use it for drying our daughter clothes, our sheets and towels and my wife still uses it to dry her clothes, but I hang dry mine. There are several reasons for this including:

  • The clothes last longer. I don’t have any proof of this, but this is what sites like Treehugger claim, so I am going to believe them. And hey, all of that lint has to come from somewhere.
  • Uses less natural gas. Obviously when something is hung dry, it is not using natural gas. And we all know the natural gas is a carbon based fuel, is a non-renewable energy source and the new extraction method of fracking is causing havoc polluting ground water in communities where it is practiced.
  • Gives me a few minutes of down time. Yes, I will admit that it takes me 5 to 10 minutes to hang dry my clothes, but it gives me some down time. I ponder about the day, or a book I want to read or think about the chores I have to do. It’s nice down time.
  • Less wear and tear on the dryer. Since the dryer is used less, it will last longer and we will save money on not needing to buy a new one.
  • Adds moisture to the air in winter. In the winter in Chicago, it is very dry. And since I hang dry my clothes indoors in the winter, the dry air sucks the water out of the clothing, making it less dry in the winter. Works out well.

So I save money, help the environment, get a few minutes or down time and help make the house more comfortable. Oh the joys of all of these. I can’t imagine going back to using a dryer.

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About CTemp

I am an entrepreneur now turned aspiring eco-entrepreneur. I have always had a green tint to myself, recycling and trying not to be wasteful. With the birth of my oldest daughter, I started to wonder what the world would be like when she got older. As I started to educate myself about what is happening to the basic systems we depend on for life and that we have evolved over the past 100,000 years to survive as a species, I became very concerned about the standard of living my kids would have if we continued on this trajectory. The more I became educated, the more I realized the size of the challenge in front of us and the more drawn I became into trying to figure out a way I could help our planet move in a sustainable direction. I think about resilience (local, durable, equatable, distributed, sustainable,...) as the guiding framework for a better future.
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