My parents (especially my mom) always go out of their way to make our trips home special. My dad typically smokes ribs for me. My mom always makes some gooey chocolate dessert. They shower Gray with gifts. But the one thing I love the most – sheets that have been hung out to dry. On the first night of every visit, I push my face into the pillow case and take in a deep breath of that wonderful smell. As long as it is above freezing, she’ll hang sheets out for me.
When we moved into our house three years ago, I was thrilled to see a clothes line. I guess that’s the one benefit of living out in the middle of nowhere. But I still seem to throw my sheets in the dryer. Habit I guess. But there are so many benefits besides the wonderful smell to line drying your clothes. Here are just a few:
- It’s cheaper. That’s an easy one – free sunlight versus running your dryer. According to EECA energywise, an average load costs around a dollar to dry.
- Your grandmother was right. Sunshine can function as a brightener. Let it brighten up your dingy whites.
- Air drying can prevent static cling. According to tide.com, ‘electric dryers produce static electricity by rubbing clothes over each other repeatedly.’ No dryer equals no static.
- It conserves energy and benefits the environment. It’s the ultimate green laundry.