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    Cool Drying clothes outside...?

    For those of you who do, how much money do you think you save?
    I am still trying to convince dh that it is worth the money...

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    No idea! For us, our electricity bill goes up in the summer bc of the A/C, which I offset by air drying as much as possible. I'm no help! We have an old old washer/dryer though, so I'm sure for us, it'd be a lot.

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    I really don't know how much we save, but I do my laundry according to the weather. I hate using the dryer.

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    Money saved is easy to figure out. First find out how much energy your dryer consumes in an hour. Average is about 4-5kw/per hour. Then find out how much hydro charges for that hour: I think they charge 6.5 cents.

    Times that: 4x6.5= $0.25 or slightly more.

    Wear and tear on the machine, and wear and tear on clothes is also something to consider.

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    Crud this just reminded me I have stuff on the line!!!! gah - oh well it will be there in the morning... :P
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    I couldn't tell you how much we save cash wise...but I know since we don't have A/C once summer hits our utilities drop in half.
    A by the book mama to a completley healthy DD Dec.2002 and doing it all different, BWng, CDing, BLWing, crunchy mama to an equally healthy DS Nov.2008 apparently a cosleeping mama DS Aug. 2011

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    This article was pretty good-
    Should you line dry your clothes or use an electric dryer? - by Joan Huston - Helium
    If he is against the 'hard laundry' syndrome I have found that using liquid laundry softener in the wash or vniegar helps. I also only hang jeans and towels out on windy days the wind keeps them soft.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PancakeMom View Post
    This article was pretty good-
    Should you line dry your clothes or use an electric dryer? - by Joan Huston - Helium
    If he is against the 'hard laundry' syndrome I have found that using liquid laundry softener in the wash or vniegar helps. I also only hang jeans and towels out on windy days the wind keeps them soft.
    Very cool article! So true about how cathartic it is to go out and hang it on a nice sunny day... Do you ever get one of those DUH! moments? I just read the end where she mentions drying clothes in your basement. I have a huge empty basement - I'm going to string lines this winter and hang it all down there! Genius! Just lots of up and down, but meh, I need the exercise.

    About the hard clothes - I do about 1 load in the dryer each wash day (from about 6-7 loads going through the washer). I collect the jeans, bath towels, girl underwear (DH's can hang! ) and socks from each load. Beach towels dry alright outside I find, as do kitchen towels (and I'm the only one using those anyway!). Sheets smell awesome from the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtle View Post
    I do about 1 load in the dryer each wash day (from about 6-7 loads going through the washer).
    HOLY laundry Batman!!!!


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    [QUOTE=turtle;497033]Very cool article! So true about how cathartic it is to go out and hang it on a nice sunny day... Do you ever get one of those DUH! moments? I just read the end where she mentions drying clothes in your basement. I have a huge empty basement - I'm going to string lines this winter and hang it all down there! Genius! Just lots of up and down, but meh, I need the exercise.
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    You might need a dehumifier down there too then. Can get pretty humid sometimes, and you don't want to deal with mold!
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    Can anyone recommend the best kind of 'dryer' for outside and cost? I have been contemplating drying outside, but don't know what is best, a retractable line, umbrella, or any other nifty thing. I don't really want it smack in the middle of the yard kwim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mum_of_four View Post
    You might need a dehumifier down there too then. Can get pretty humid sometimes, and you don't want to deal with mold!
    We just bought the mother of all furnace/ac systems. Apparently, it will deal with that for us.

    *grumble grumble, for what it costs it better...*

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    Quote Originally Posted by PancakeMom View Post
    HOLY laundry Batman!!!!
    Is that a lot? 2 kids, 2 adults, 4 beds, 3 bathrooms, loads of bibs and washclothes...? I only wash once a week! Maybe it's a good thing I line dry! It's more if you add in the diapers!

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    Maybe its not...I kinda do it as it shows up. The thought of 7 loads of clothes waiting for me put me into panic attack mode! LOL


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    I don't think I save anything after I factor in the cost of the clothes umbrella to hang the4 clothes on. However, I think of the impact on the environment and the fresh smell of the clothing.

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