My own mama has always been a line-dryer, and I certainly remember plenty of sunny days with clothes hanging from lines and racks in our back yard. I am secretly excited about all the air-drying I'll be able to do now that I live in Chico - what with a huge yard and endless sun and drier air. It was harder in Portland - I always had to calculate my slice of sun just perfectly, and the air is so wet up there that some things took days to fully dry out. I've already tossed a few things over bush branches and they've dried so fast!
Anyway, head over to blueheart to read her post. Here are a few of her reasons to line dry - but her whole post has much more information in it!
- Line drying your clothing and household linens as opposed to using a dryer is much better for the environment. Dryers use electricity, which is usually produced by coal powered plants. Reducing the amount of electricity you use reduces the amount of fossil fuels used.
- Clothes that are line-dried tend to last longer because they aren't exposed to as much heat and electricity.
- Hanging your laundry out to dry is absolutely free minus the cost of a clothes line, some pins, and poles if you find them to be necessary. But you aren't paying the expense of running an electric dryer for hours and hours each week.
- The fresh air will leave your laundry with a freshness that doesn't require the use of chemical additives.
- The sun is a natural brightener. It helps to bleach and disinfect your laundry. Your whites will be extra bright, just make sure to keep dark pieces in the shade so they won't fade!
- Hanging clothing out to dry can be therapeutic. It is a peaceful task that involves doing an easy routine task with your hands and often lets your mind rest or wander. The smell of fresh laundry in the breeze is very relaxing and the look of clothing hung on the line is aesthetically pleasing to most.