National Hanging Out Day

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National Hanging Out Day

Post by Anianna » Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:43 pm

While not any sort of official holiday, April 19th is National Hanging Out Day: a day to hang your laundry on a clothesline to dry if you don't already. According to Project Laundry Lists, many households can save over $25 per month on power bills as well as avoid potential fire damage costs ("The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million") by skipping the dryer and hanging laundry to dry.

Several years ago, I had to stop using perfumey laundry detergents and softeners due to allergies. I switched to soap nuts for my detergent and frequently hang laundry to dry. I love the smell of line-dried clothes! According to several sources, sunshine is also disinfecting for clothes.

So, get yourself ready for National Hanging Out Day. If you don't have a laundry line here is a post about building one that is not at all self-aggrandizing just because I started it. :wink: If you can't have a laundry line outside (because of HOA or you live in an apartment or what have you), there are indoor options, not the least of which include hanging a dowel-rod ladder in your laundry room or hang a couple of folding chairs on the wall (open them up to hang clothes from the leg supports and have some shelf space on the seats). There's all sorts of store-bought options, as well.

Indoors or out, air drying is more gentle on your clothes than machine drying (lint is the result of the fibers rubbing apart) and helps you get some exercise, not to mention you can dry your clothes even when the electricity is off. If you're not already hanging out, give it a try!
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Re: National Hanging Out Day

Post by Black Sheep » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:29 am

Never had a dryer or a dishwasher, doubt I ever will. Sun dried is way better.
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