I have been wanting to line dry my laundry for quite some time. It did not happen last summer, fall or winter, because of my recovery from extensive leg surgery, and it was exhausting just to get the basic chores done. It gave me plenty of time to research different drying racks and try and get myself pumped up for it, although I never did settle on a laundry rack. The Seventh Generation Project Laundry opportunity came just as the weather was warming up, I did not have the excuse of my weak and recovering legs not to get out onto the porch to line dry, and they even made the decision of a drying rack for me (heaven knows when I would have finally settle on one).
I was provided all the tools I needed to jump into the world of line drying including a portable (collapsible) umbrella drying rack, clothespins, a Carbon Zero laundry basket, a jug of Seventh Generation detergent and a little handheld mini camera to document my journey. I have been washing all of my regular laundry on cold using the provided detergent (note: although I have been line drying my cloth diapers I have not been using this detergent or washing on cold) I am still getting the hang of incorporating it as part of my routine. Growing up in Japan my mother always line dried our clothing and it was a very rare occasion that the dryer was ever used, however, I have always used a dryer since I left for college. It’s never too late to change what I have gotten accustomed to and now is a great time to make the change (before I have a house full of kids, LOL).
I have washed my clothing on cold and line dried about half of the loads over the past 2 weeks and although I have tried the drying rack indoors, our living room in relatively small so I have used the dryer on the days we have had some rainstorms over the past couple of weeks. I must say it’s a great start though! Heck, if we all only washed half of our laundry on cold and line dried a few times a week that still makes a difference. I am hoping to gradually work up to switching more loads over to the drying rack as the month and challenge continues, then of course through the rest of the year.
Bear with me on my first wobbly video as I am still getting used to the camera, it doesn’t have zoom (so I am on the deck stairs) and I have a toddler weaving between my legs.