Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Green Tip of the Week:  AIR DRY YOUR LAUNDRY
After studying abroad in Italy, I fell in love with the idea of air drying laundry.  My roommates and I had to do so for six months because in Europe, there are no drying machines!!!  You can only imagine living with 4 other girls who wore three outfits a day, how much laundry was hanging in and around out apartment.  Ever since I have become accustomed to air drying most of my clothes.  And...ITS TOTALLY GREEN!
Here are some benefits for YOUR clothes when you air dry...
*When you use a clothes dryer, all that tumbling rubs and wears away the fibers of your clothes.  All that lint that you pull out of your lint trap at the end of every load is actually part of the clothes you just dried.  If you want that favorite outfit to last forever the first step to keeping your clothes like new is to not tumble dry but to hang dry.
*Wool sweaters and other natural fibers also last much longer when they are air dried.  After washing, you can re-shape your wool fabrics and set them on a laundry drying rack to air dry so they retain their original beauty.
*Heat of a dryer RUINS elastic.
*When you air dry your whites in the sun they are naturally disinfected and whitened.  The sun provides UV light, and UV can be used to disinfect water and damp laundry. UV light reacts with oxygen dissolved in the water to produce reactive forms of oxygen that kill the microorganisms. 
*UV from the sun also interferes with the reproduction cycle of bacteria by damaging their DNA.  By air drying our clothing in the sun we can help to stop bacteria with no harsh chemicals.   
*Also a mental health benefit of slowing down and practicing the relaxing act of hanging each article of clothes with loving care on your drying rack or clothesline.   I LOVE doing laundry and hanging clothes.  It relaxes me and takes my mind off whatever it is I am doing for that short 10 minutes.
Facts source
*Air drying clothes not only SAVES energy but also keeps your apartment/home cool.  Drying machines give off tons of heat thus creating more energy for your air conditioning to fight that heat.  

Happy laundry!

1 comment:

  1. Great tip and I am becoming quite fond of your blog!!! :)