Wednesday, June 20, 2007

A Good Day to Dry!

Since today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year and my favorite day of the year, I thought I'd send a green message to everyone. I'm a real advocate of hanging out laundry. Unfortunately in the US, it's frowned upon and in 300,000 home owner's associations (60 million people), it's not allowed. We have a perception that the poor hang out their clothes. A great pleasure of mine is to wriggle into bed under freshly sun-dried sheets. That smell! Ahhhh! And what a silly thing to try to duplicate that smell with a dryer sheet.
I have to hand it to these Brits, everyone seems to hang their laundry out, no matter what their economic level. Their colorful apparel and linens go splendidly with their gardens! And more often than not, there is not much room, but hang they do!

This lovely summery photo and the colorful one following it is from a woman who lives in Australia. I've been reading her blog, pea soup and loved these photos. (She gave me persmission to use them, thanks!). She's a fellow knitter, gardener and clothes hanger outer.

Thanks Suse for this bright addition.

Thanks Ann for your lovely photo of your laundry hanging out in California.

These following photos are of wash I've seen drying in the sun (or sometimes getting rinsed in the rain) the past few months.

Here are a couple of websites if you'd like more info on the "Right to Dry". or if you'd like to purchase any kind of clothesline under the sun,

"A home looks like a home when there's a clothesline with clothes billowing out back in the breeze."

A clothes dryer is the second biggest electricity using appliance with the fridge being number one.

In 2005 there were 88 million dryers in the US. If all American line-dried for 6 months, it'd save 3.3% of the country's total residential output of carbon dioxide.

A typical family dryer uses 900 KWH of energy a year creating 840 kg of air pollution.


Suse said...

Great post, and good work on spreading this important environmental message. I still can't believe how many people use dryers on a regular basis.

Thanks also for the lovely comment and link to my blog.

breezecatcher said...


Just browsing through clothesline related articles on the internet and I came across your page.

There is a broken link to the clotheslineshop which is no longer active, Paul the owner has retired and is now hanging out in the sun somewhere down south, excuse the pun. I was wondering if you would consider editing the link and giving my business a bit of a boost. I’m the owner of Breezecatcher clotheslines and we have some great quality products available at the link below. We also have some useful how to guides and we have an augmented reality with 3D models so customers can view the dryers in their own gardens before they purchase.