|It's like rai-ee-ain on your laundry day!|
- My laundry is now subject to the weather. Last week it rained on laundry day. (see above photo).
- It takes longer to hang the clothes on the line than than it does to throw clothes in the dryer
- It takes longer for clothes to dry unless it is HOT outside-- then it is actually quicker.
- I actually have to plan ahead in terms of my wardrobe. There is no more "quickly" washing an outfit an hour or so before needing it (see above).
- Lint and dog hair doesn't magically disappear like it does in a dryer, so if one's husband leaves receipts in his pockets and they disintegrate in the wash, there are still bits of laundered paper and fibers all over the dry clothes. Same goes for dog hair from the world's most sheddingest dog. (yeah, yeah, lint rollers are cheaper than power for the dryer)
- Crunchy towels. If you like rubbing yourself down with sandpaper post-shower, then line-dried towels are for you. I do not, so it is a MAJOR con. One that has me seriously thinking about asking my neighbor if I can dry our towels in her dryer.
- It totally ups my crunchy street cred. Sure, I'm not cloth diapering right now, but this offsets adding my Seventh Gen. diapers to the local landfill, right? Right????
- The laundry smells GREAT. Before you say "well, yeah, my laundry smells good too," let me share that we use a scent-free eco-friendly detergent because Little Man is allergic to most commercial detergents. So, instead of getting its clean, fresh scent from mystery "fragrances," our laundry smells like sunshine, fresh air, rainbows and unicorns. (P.S.-- stay tuned for my adventures in DIY laundry detergent).
- We're saving money on dryer sheets and electricity, so that is a bonus.
- I can pair up socks as I hang them and that saves precious minutes when it comes to folding time.
- I get some alone time to reflect on life as I hang the laundry. It has become my quiet zen time.
- I can use hanging the laundry as an excuse to ignore the fighting and crying that often floats out the back door and assails my ears... "No, Mommy can't come and deal with playroom tragedy #155 right now, she's hanging laundry."
Anyone line drying and have the solution to my towels as 100 grit sandpaper issue? Any of you hoping to make the leap into line drying and have questions? Let me know! I'm planning a future Q&A post with one of my cousins who is a line drying pro and who I think is totally rad.
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