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Zero Waste Challenge Day 11: Line Dry

30 Day Zero Waste Challenge

Last Updated on January 23, 2024

Summer is all about those long days and bright sun. Which is great for rapidly drying your laundry! 

line dry your clothes

Dyers use a lot of energy and heat up the house. The A/C has to over compensate for all of that hot air the dryer is pumping out.

And, if you’re like me, living without A/C – it get’s HOT! Unbearably hot. So, why not try and soak up some of that natural sun power?

benefits of line drying:

  • Whitening Power: In fact the sun + my homemade bleach keeps my whites looking SO. WHITE. I promise I will share my whitening secrets after the challenge is over. 
  • Wrinkle Free: I love hanging my button downs. No iron needed! The collars always look so crisp.
  • Saving Energy: Which also means saving money! Yay! 
  • Extends the Life: It’s no secret that over washing and over drying shortens the life span of your clothes -especially your dedicates, which you should always hand wash (or at least wash on cold) and line dry. No exceptions. 
  • Static Free: No dryer; no static. No more dresses clinging to my legs looking like weird pants.

the challenge: 

I challenge you to turn off your dryer this month! 

You don’t need anything fancy. In fact, I don’t even have clothespins.

They’re on my wish list with a proper line! I just have a piece of rope tied around a tree and to a post in the backyard. I just use regular hangers and hang them up! 

I can’t fit a sheet set on my current line, so don’t worry if you can’t line dry everything!

Just do the best you can. They also make foldable drying racks, which are great to bring outdoors or use inside when it’s raining.

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  1. I had a line in Hawaii and it was my goal to never use our dryer. I lasted most of a year! But then when I started working again it became easier and easier to use the dryer. We don’t have a line set up in our new house, but I really should look into finding a spot. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. The dryer from my parents put their basement on fire. So safety is another good reason to line dry :S In Europe, I’d say most people don’t have a dryer. The only time I miss it is when I realise the night before a trip that I don’t have enough clean underwear. For the bedsheets, I hang them on my doors. Careful to dust the top of the doors before doing it the first time.

  3. It’s not practical in our house. We live in Portland and it is too moist. I don’t have enough room inside to dry everything. I’m still looking for a way.

  4. I always line dry. I try and keep it up in winter when we have a few dry days in a row, but it does make the drying process a lot longer. I’ve just ordered radiator dryers that don’t take up to much space, so when it’s raining or to moist outside I’ll put them by the radiator.