Drying Laundry

Everyone has to do it. No matter who you are. You may be fortunate enough to be able to have someone else do it for you, but laundry still waits for no one.

We all know that hanging the laundry on a clothesline is a great way to save money, and that's great on sunny warm days, but what do you do the rest of the time? I couldn't even use my drying racks that much, because I didn't have fires going all the time in the stove. I will admit that last month with the amount of rain that we had here, my dryer was used WAY more than I like. I realized that once my power bill came in. Between the dryer and the dehumidifier going from the wood coming in, it went up $25!

What about in the winter, what do you do for your laundry? I can remember my mom hanging it out on a sunny winter day when the temperature got above zero. I do the same, but the rest of the time it is mostly my dryer.

I also use drying racks around my wood stove. Not only does it help lower the drying costs, it increases the humidity, something that is desperately needed in the winter in our home. I just pop it in the dryer for 5-10 minutes before it goes on the rack to get rid of the lint and get the fabric softener going through it as I don't have the nice Island wind in my home to take it all off.

Tell me, do you have any laundry secrets that we can use to save some money? We would love to hear from you.

Enjoy your day!


Mary Q Contrarie said...

I use my clothes drying rack year round. After doing some research I learned that how well your clothes dries is really a function of how well your clothes are spun out in the spin cycle.

So IF you have to replace your washer or you want to really reduce your drying time then you need to look at the spin cycle.

In the mean time. I will use a fan to speed up the process. Cost a little but not as much as using the dryer I also always try to get it near a southern window. I can use that solar gain for my clothes.

Anonymous said...

I also dry my clothes outdoors in the nice weather until it gets too cool in the late fall, then hang them on lines in the winter in my bsmt. The previous owner had redirected a furnace vent towards the lines which helps. I also have a dehumidifer in the bsmt which helps keeps the humidity down, although hanging wet clothes doesn't make the bsmt too moist in the winter with the furnace providing dry heat. In no time at all they are dry and then I just use the dryer to fluff them up. In the summer I'll use the dryer just to fluff up heavier items like blue jeans and anything that remains wrinkly. It saves my dryer and my electricity bills!

Liz said...

Hello Mary Q Contrarie,

That looks like an awesome clothesline. My apologies for not getting back to you earlier. I had checked it out. I am just a great procrastinator. I am also going to try the fan option!

I, just can't wait for spring to be able to hang it outside again.