I’ve got to confess: lately, I’ve been hanging all of my clothes to dry and I am loving it!
It might seem like more of a hassle, but it’s actually been better than I’ve expected.
For some reason, I had it stuck in my head that we’d need a clothesline outside, and being in an apartment meant I had to dry everything in a dryer.
And I’d only be able to do it in the summer because it’d be too cold outside otherwise.
I was silly, I know.
We spend on average, $16/ month on laundry, which includes doing the sheets, bathroom towels and kitchen towels.
It’s $2 for a wash, $2 for a dry.
Now, we’re spending $8/month just by rigging up a simple clothesline in the apartment and hanging everything to dry.
The setup cost us $4 — the cost of the wire, and some spare nuts and bolts.
BF didn’t buy the commercial clothesline with the fancy wire inside.. he just picked up some tough cable from the dollar store for $4 and strung it across our window over the heater.
It’s already paid for itself in 2 weeks!
Benefits to drying your clothes without a dryer
- Don’t need to trek downstairs to pick up my dried items (I really hate it)
- Don’t need to have my clothes dried instantly — only takes 5 hours to dry completely
- I don’t need to use dryer sheets (not that I’ve been doing that for the past 6 years)
- The moisture from the wet clothes helps combat against the dryness in the air
- We’re saving $8/month or $96/year, which isn’t a huge amount but money is money!
- I’m saving energy, because the dryer is a huge energy hog according to Chris Baskind
- My clothes won’t get stolen (not that it’s been a problem in my building yet)
Now I’m pleased to say that I’ll never go back to drying my clothes in a dryer again.