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Monday, July 25, 2005

In Case You Were Wondering...

When it's 104 degrees outside, it takes exactly the same amount of time to dry clothes on the line as it does in an electric dryer. Even if it's not 104 degrees, it doesn't take too much longer for clothes to dry on the line during summer. So save a little power and get a little exercise by hauling your laundry outdoors. BONUS: Sunshine is a natural whitener and deodorizer! TIP: If you're hanging stuff you don't want to fade, hang them inside out in the shade (my laundry line is in the sun in the a.m. and in the shade from about 4 p.m. on, so I plan my loads accordingly. ALLERGY ALERT: My husband is terribly allergic to pollens, so I thought I could never hang his stuff on the line. I read, though, that you can start them on the line and then finish them in the dryer for about 5 minutes to knock off all the pollen. I'm dubious, but I'm trying it. Anything to save some electricity, especially because we're facing a 9% hike. Water and sewer bill is going up 7%. I don't even want to calculate how much gasoline has risen. All I know is, our income most certainly has not gone up 7-9%!

--Sparki

4 Comments:

  • That's good advice Sparki. We do the same thing at our house. My wife and sons love the smell of bedsheets having been dried out on the line. My wife also has terrible allergies, and I believe she employs the 5-minute in a dryer rule as well. Stay cool! Supposed to only be 79 tomorrow!

    By Blogger Jeff, at 9:53 AM  

  • I think clotheslines are prohibited here. Homeowners' association. Sigh.

    By Anonymous ro, at 10:12 PM  

  • RO, that's just wrong in so many ways. What's so wrong about clean laundry hanging in the breeze?

    But there's nothing you can do about it. Sorry...

    By Blogger Sparki, at 10:24 AM  

  • Maybe where you are, but here clothes *mold* before they dry because of the humidity. They dry inside in less than a day in the winter, though, and re-humidify a dreadfully dry house!

    --Amanda

    By Blogger mandamum, at 8:20 PM  

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