Have you ever heard of the term “hanging out your dirty laundry for all to see”? Well in our house now we are doing just that except at least it clean. One of the big money savers that the author of the Thightwad Gazette uses is aired dried laundry.
I know I used to do this at my parent’s home since there were quite a few things that I couldn’t dry any way and also in our first small apartment since it was directly facing west and I figured that was a good use of the blasting sun coming in our slider window. It worked great then but when we moved to our second apartment, it was great since it was south facing (so now I could actually use my balcony after 12pm) but it meant that air drying clothes was close to impossible. Since there was no direct sunlight, it got very musty smelling in our place and things just smelt mildewy all the time. It was no fun.
After that I just forgot that it could be done and was afraid that it would make my house smell musty again. Well now I am in a east facing place where we get the morning sun through our slider window but our backyard gets the rest of the afternoon sun. Also our house is much bigger and we have really great cross breezes we can use to help keep the air moving. So now it can work again.
Oh boy, that was a long way to explain that but there wasn’t much I could do about that. All I am trying to say is that it was a good reminder to try to save energy by air drying my clothes instead of putting them in the dryer. Now I still put our jeans and towels in the dryer because they take so long to dry but the rest of the clothes are normally dry indoors in a day. This spring and summer I am looking forward to putting up a clothes line so that I can get the clothes out of the house.
I was thinking of even going the step farther than just air drying my clothes to save money on energy costs but also hand washing them in the bathtub. It sounds not too hard and great workout. It maybe sound excessive but I tired to calculate how much energy my washing machine uses and it was like $4.00 a month and my dryer was $5.00. I know $9 doesn’t sound like much but that is $110.00 a year just to run the washer and dryer a couple times a week. I know I could find other uses for that money.
Another thing we don’t use is a dish washer and wash all our dishes by hand. I calculated the cost savings of that (since we pay a flat rate in our rent for water so that part doesn’t get added into the factor for us) is $6.00 and month and $70.00 a year. Just something to think about.
Just for kicks I found out that my vacuum cleaner if I cleaned once a week only costs $1.50 a month to run. That is something that is worth the money though since bending over and picking up crumbs from my daughter isn’t worth the backache. 😉
Any way, I feel like more and more I am going back to do things how the women in the “good old days” did stuff. Talk about coming full circle. If you decide to give air drying your laundry or doing “bathtub washing” a try, there are some resources below for products and links to how to do so.
Other blogs about it:
Products for air drying:
Household Essentials Collapsible Indoor Tripod Clothes Dryer (This is one of my favorites! I use this one all the time along with the first posted folding rack.)
Products for hand washing:
Round Galvanized Steel Tub (Or you can just use the bathtub)
I thought these couple of links might help you get started. Have fun washing and drying! 🙂