Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Summer Line Drying

Um, yes, this post is out of season.

But I'm still proud enough to mention the fact that I can count on one hand the amount of times I used the dryer this last summer, cloth diapers and all!

I bought this drying rack at Bed Bath & Beyond for $40, {minus 20% from a coupon}, and I used it as late into the Fall as I could, to dry ALL our laundry, save for a few emergency underwear and bedsheets loads.  Let's be real, line drying takes some planning and coordination, and up until, oh, about 11 months ago, I would've chosen buying new clothes over doing the laundry.

I'm going to throw Rogér under the bus a little here, sorry Love.  He doesn't get to join in on my green podium today.  He totally used the dryer, even when it was an unbearably hot day and a load that we weren't in dire need of RIGHT NOW.

I guess that's O-K.  It was my challenge to use the drying rack, not his.  And he did use it every now an then, {usually after some "nagging" on my part}, which is better than nothing.  Maybe next summer it will be a family endeavor.

It was more work, that's for sure, but there were three great benefits that made it totally worth the effort;  1) lower energy consumption {which also means lower bills!}, 2) white diapers! and 3) Rogér's shirts didn't turn into belly-shirts due to shrinkage.  See Rog, there's something in it for you too.

I'm not sure I actually saved money this year, but I think it's possible, since those damn diapers take like three cycles to dry in the dryer, and I'm positive I'll continue to use it in the coming years, so I think it was a good investment.

Once I got used to it, it wasn't even so bad.

Do you line dry?  Give it a try!


  1. I hang all of my clothes to dry. I also got Kris to do the same. I am always paranoid that things will shrink and since I HATE shopping I don't want to have to buy new stuff. I think your drying rack looks cool! We have one in the garage that is just a bar to hang hangers on. I think yours would be great for us to use outside!

  2. PS - I need to figure out how you got your blog to show up without the noreplyblogger message and how you get your pictures to show up on the dashboard. So weird that I can't get mine to do that!

  3. Wow Jen! I didn't know you were so good at drying your laundry on the rack!

    Hmmm...I wonder what this noreplyblogger and no pictures thing is? I that in GoogleReader?


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