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Laundry Experiment: Cold Water and Line Drying

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 1, 2010 @ 11:08 am In Home Management,Homekeeping,Laundry | 63 Comments

[4]Recently I was invited by Seventh Generation [5] and MyBlogSpark to participate in Project Laundry Line.

The challenge? Wash your clothes in cold water and dry them on the line for 30 days.

Hmmm…. me thinks, I can handle that.

In fact, I was already washing our clothes in cold water and I had some experience with line drying [6]. I also had some residual fear of bees and moths [6] from said line drying experience. But, you know me, I’m always up for a challenge. I figured I’d find a way around that. And I did.

Yes, yes, I did.

Some observations from the first 2 weeks of the challenge:

As you can see, I’m drying the clothes indoors. Oh, let me count the reasons why… One, the weather here in San Diego is often cool and overcast. Not the most efficient clothes drying weather. Two, I won’t forget them outside. Three, I have this fear of bees.

I’m finding that I can fit two loads of clothes on this indoor clothes rack. So, if I wash and hang two loads at night, they are usually dry by morning. And, if I do the same in the morning, they are ready to be folded by bedtime. This means I can get four loads washed and dried in a 24 hour period. This is proving to be sufficient, even in a family of 8. Kids clothes dry quickly, which is a big plus.

Tricks to line drying

  1. Dry clothes that are destined for the closet on hangers. You don’t have to mess with clothespins. As soon as they are dry, hang them up!
  2. Pin tshirts on the line upside down. This way the “crunchy” part caused by the pinching of the clothespin will be on the bottom hem and not on their shoulders.
  3. Hang socks by the toe for the same reason.
  4. Don’t forget your clothes outside after dark or the bees might get them [7].

What’s been your experience with cold water wash and line drying?

Disclosure: Seventh Generation [8] and My Blog Spark [9] provided me with a “Project Laundry Line” kit that included Seventh Generation Natural 2x Concentrated Laundry Liquid, a portable laundry line, clothes pins, a laundry basket, and a Flip camera to record my experience. I was not compensated in any way for participating in this challenge or offering this giveaway, nor was I required to do so. My opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy [10].


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