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. 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!