“Green Your Cleaning” Series-The Laundry Part 3

We have talked about treating and washing clothes, now onto drying them.  Harvesting clean solar energy of course is the best choice but not the only choice.  Here are a few tips to using your dryer more efficiently:

1. If you use your dryer all or part of the time, then cleaning the lint filter frequently will increase its efficiency and shorten your drying time.

2. Use your dryer’s moisture sensor, if you have one. It will automatically reduce the amount of drying time or shut off the machine when it senses that clothes are dry.

3. Ditch the dryer sheets and try using a wool dryer ball.  You can soften your clothes naturally and could cut down your drying time in as much as half!  Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and can absorb up to one-third of its weight in water before feeling wet!  Plus, wool is a renewable resource and is 100% biodegradable.

4. To dry more efficiently, wash and dry like clothing together.  Try to keep heavier weight fabrics together, so you are not over-drying some items to finish the job for one piece.

5. Use the solar energy to dry your clothes for free!  You can hang almost all laundry outside.  Unlike your whites who love to bask in the sun, don’t leave your colors outside all day.  Since the sun has bleaching power, you don’t want to bleach your colors.  Aside from being a free resource, drying your clothes outside will give them a clean smell and prolong their life.  About 700 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions are saved each year by line-drying your family’s laundry.  This equals about an extra $75.00 in your pocket.

6. Here are a few tips to help soften that lined dried laundry (taken from TLC):

  • Use less detergent (not if using homemade)
  • Add half a cup of vinegar during the wash cycle
  • Hang your clothing on a windy day and take advantage of prevailing winds if you can
  • Hang your clothing in a partially shaded spot
  • Snap out the wrinkles before you set the pins on your clothes
  • Hang the heavier parts, such as waistbands, facing downward


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