Your effort counts too!
The weather is great today even though it's a cold day in January. As usual, the washing machine is running and I have decided that the clothes should be dried outside, for the first time in 2021. I always dried clothes outside when I could, it gives the clothes a nice smell of fresh air and doesn't get so curly. Do you sometimes lack a feeling of luxury in everyday life? Bed linen dried outside, smells great and you sleep better - at least the first nights.
However, have you ever thought about much CO² you are actually save the environment of, by not using the dryer?
2.3 kg each time you use the dryer
That's how much CO² you save each time you don't use your dryer. And you're also saving on the electricity bill. Pure win-win, isn't it?
- It costs between 0.5 and 1.5 € each time you use the dryer, depending on the machine's energy labeling, age and condition
- 160 times in a year. So often does the average Danish family with two adults and two children use the dryer
This is 380 kg of CO² you can save per year if you consistently dry the clothes on the rack or clothesline! Also it gives a good clean conscience when folding the clothes...
"Without a major investment - movable drying racks cost €25-50, a larger collapsible for earth skewers between €60 and 100 and a real drying line between €100 and 130. This means that the investment is quickly recouped, and you live more environmentally friendly from day one."
The weather in Denmark is just suited for drying clothes outside all year round. That's why I dry a lot of clothes inside on a rack or in one bathroom where it can be hung. Washed laundry contains about three liters of water, the will evaporate as the clothes dry. This can become a problem when drying inside, as it can give you major problems with your indoor climate.
Never dry clothes in the bedroom, we all sweat a lot while sleeping and more humidity can lead to mold. Mold is both toxic and can lead to serious chronic diseases, ruins the house and can be very expensive to get rid of again.
Drying actually wears a lot on the clothes, fluff in the filter does not come by itself. You can also see it on dark cotton t-shirts where the colors quickly become greyish.
Where to place the clothes line?
- Place the drying rack or line where you do not disturb your own or your neighbour's view (who would also want the neighbor to look at your underwear from his terrace?
- Place the rack or line where you can quickly get to it, not in the farthest part of your garden
- Go for an airy place in the garden or airy corner on the balcony
- Direct sun can bleach colours - a location with both a little sun and shade is perfect
- Do not place the drying rack under a tree, in spring pollen may appear on and autumn leaves.
It's hard to have a garden where all of the above advice can be met. My own clothesline is also placed in full sun, but a place where it airs a lot and therefore dries the clothes quickly. Alternatively, I set up a loose drying rack in my orangery, where there is both heat, sun and shade and let the clothes dry there.
Other tips when drying clothes outside
- Make sure your clothesline fits the look and construction style of the house. Use the same materials, colors, design, etc.
- Let an ivy or clematis sling themselves up the posts or put up an arbour in front, it both looks decorative and hides a slightly dull drying rack.
- Build a pent roof with open sides e.g. on one side of the garage, carport or shed. It's an ideal drying place with lots of air and no direct sun
- Remember that the clothesline over must be wiped off regularly, it quickly gets dirty by the weather. Use one with a damp dishcloth or use a wine cork with cut a 1 cm deep cut which you then run over the line
- Dry coloured clothes on the back, the sun won't bleach the front
I turn the inside out on almost all our clothes before washing it. Something that gives a slight discussion at home sometimes, husband and boys think it's such a hassle that the clothes should be turned inside out before washing and after drying again... but the clothes just last longer.