Every year from June 1 through 8, various groups, individuals and organizations come together to promote line drying during International Clothesline Week. During this week, the global community is encouraged to try line drying their laundry, rather than using a gas or electric dryer. The goal is that by giving line drying a try for a week, people will carry this laundry method into their everyday lives.
Unaware of this designated awareness week until recently, I jumped on the opportunity to write about it when I first heard of the week. You see, I am mildly obsessed with the idea of a clothesline. I have a Pinterest board full of idyllic images and clothesline DIY’s (none of which I have tried, of course). I have wanted a clothesline for a few years, and it all started with having kids. We are constantly in and out of the yard; wet clothes off, bathing suit off, back into bathing suit after nap. It’s never ending. I don’t like to run my dryer if I don’t have to, especially if it is just for a couple of not-technically-clean items.
A clothesline has always seemed like the answer to me, so it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time. Every year for Mother’s Day I ask for one. Since I am still waiting, my husband must be giving me a not-so-subtle hint that he does not want to build it. Last summer I snagged a little retractable line at a garage sale, and he finally hung it for me today. The excitement that I am currently feeling about using it for the first time is bordering on pathetic and perhaps amusing. This won’t work for a full load of laundry, a comforter, or a bunch of towels. What it will be great for is delicates, bathing suits, stuffed animals, dish towels and cloth napkins, gym shoes, and all of those random things that always need to be washed or get wet with little kids.
Beginning to use a clothesline doesn’t have to be a complete lifestyle shift; line drying as part of my regular laundry routine is pretty unlikely to become the norm for me. However, after reading The Simple Dollar’s post about the financial benefits of line drying I am going to try and use ours as much as possible. Estimates vary, but the blogosphere’s consensus seems to be that line drying one load of laundry equates to a savings of anywhere from $5 to $9! Even if you only line dry one load a week for 6 months of the year, the savings will really add up. Beyond the financial benefits, there are, of course, all the environmental benefits that line drying offers.
Whether you go for the Cadillac of clotheslines, or a simple DIY project, give it a try. Check out our Little Clotheslines board on Pinterest for info on a variety of clothesline setup, benefits of line drying, and other useful info.
Will you be giving line drying a try the summer? Let us know how it goes!