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Published on April 2nd, 2009 | by Stephanie Evans

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Save Energy: Let Nature Dry Your Clothes

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It’s even easier than it sounds and its the way cultures all over the world have dried clothes for centuries. Air drying your clothes is also a a great way to lower you carbon footprint. Electric dryers are one of the top energy consumers in your home, using them less often decreases green house gas pollution and saves you money on your utility bill.

If you have a backyard or any small, unused outdoor space, then you already have the perfect setup for a clothesline.  If the outdoor space gets a lot of sun or wind exposure then so much the better. But for those of you who live in smaller apartments, don’t worry. Your bathroom or kitchen is also perfectly suited for a clothesline. Just open all of the windows so you can maximize the airflow to dry your clothes.

How to set it up?

Start with a thin rope or cord (about 1/8″) long enough to reach across your yard or shower and back. Then screw in some hooks or run chords around trees, poles or any suitable support. Attach a couple of pulleys to the hooks (you can buy these at any hardware store) and then run the rope through. Tie up at the end to secure, making sure you keep the rope taut.

Photo by skenmy.clothesline

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Voila! You have a clothesline! Now just hang up your clothes, hold them there with a series of clothespins and wait for the wind to blow!



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  • http://travelexperta.blogspot.com marina villatoro

    Living in a tropical, 3 rd world country you sun dry your clothes without even understanding how much good you’re doing:) Barely anyone had driers!
    The Travel Expert(a) and an Expat with a Twist

  • http://greenoutsidein.com Beverly Clarke

    It was a pleasure to read this article as it brought me back to my childhood in Brooklyn. My mother washed clothes in a machine that had a very hard to turn hand ringer. Then she would lean out our 3rd story window and hang everything out to dry. When I was 7 or 8, one of my chores was handing her the clothespins and by the time I was 9 I was the one leaning out the window (over the fire escape) hanging the clothes, sheets and towels out to dry.

    I’m glad to see this lovely early drying method coming back in order to help our planet.

  • Nick

    For the winter time some laundry racks under a ceiling fan or new a furnace vent works wonders.

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