No Need For A Dryer: Carbon Reduction Tip #1

Although it seems illogical, a lot of the new technology we use for household chores, such as dishwashers and washing machines, are actually a lot more environmentally friendly than doing those things by hand. With new demands for more efficient appliances, companies have been able to make products that use significantly less water and energy, which is great! Now you can easily do all of your household chores without guilt.

Except for one . . .

According to an article by The Guardian, electric-powered dryers (MUCH more common than gas) are one of the least environmentally friendly appliances out there.

In fact, depending on the temperature setting of your washer, using a dryer can double the amount of CO2 involved in the process, amounting to up to 3.3 kg of carbon per load. How often do you wash your clothes again?

The good news is, there’s a simple solution:  let your clothes air dry.

For free, you can hang your clothes out in the backyard on a rack or a clothes line. photo (6)In the winter, I do this in my basement. I typically dry my underwear by laying it out on my bed in the morning. By the time I get home, it’s all dry!

It’s cheaper, too! Not using a dryer will decrease your electricity use, as well as eliminate the need for things such as fabric softeners sheets, which are single-use products destined for the landfill. Fabric softener sheets can also contain harmful chemicals and be very dangerous, similar to many other household cleaning products.

I acknowledge that some people may not have the space to do this, but before you assume you don’t, consider looking around your house/apartment to see if you have a corner of your home that could be transformed into a drying station.

I can assure you I have pretty much no problems with wrinkles or cleanliness when employing this method. So long as you lay each article of clothing out neatly, and not in a jumble or bunched up, you should be fine. Please note: most of my clothes is either polyester or cotton, so I have yet to try it on less common cloth types. If you are unsure of what is required of certain attire, I would do some research before air-drying.

Thanks for reading!


4 thoughts on “No Need For A Dryer: Carbon Reduction Tip #1

  1. In my family we had once a dryer machine in Mexico for years and if we used it five times is actually much to say… now that I’m in Europe I think I might need one specially for winter but… we had survived after three years so… not really! We don really NEED a dryer machine, we line our clothes just inside of the apartment and yes, it takes longer but is not the end of the world really hehehe. Some people really can’t imagine not having a dryer but the CO2 facts are just eye opening once you know them. About the ironing, yeah, I don’t iron my clothes, like you said: as long as you hang them well and then by folding is not that wrinkled. Thank you for sharing! 💚

    – Ale

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  2. I haven’t had access to a dryer since I first moved out of home 5 years ago. It can take forever for clothes to dry if we have a few days of heavy rain, but generally speaking everything will air dry quite happily – and my clothes also seem to wear out slower when I air dry them! The only thing I’ve found that really needs a dryer is a feather/down sleeping bag, which needs the tumbling action to help break up the clumps of wet weathers as it dries.


    1. Yes, I’ll admit there are instances, such as the one you mentioned, in which a dryer might be necessary.
      But that’s so cool that your clothes last longer when air dried! I haven’t been doing it for long enough to really see a change, but I’ll certainly be keeping notice on the lifespan of my clothing now!

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