Seventh Generation Project Laundry Line, Part 2



So the 30-day laundry challenge has come to an end and although I battled rainstorms on and off the whole month, I still pushed through to line dry part time which is a great start for me. I was, on the other hand, able to switch the majority of my laundry loads to cold water, and that switch doesn’t take any more effort so I encourage you to try it too! Line drying does take a couple more minutes of effort compared to tossing your clothes in the dryer, but the drying time (much to my surprise) isn’t that different at least in the summer. And it has that same sort of meditative quality, especially when you’re out in the fresh air that encourages you to taking a minute to slow down. 


I hope to continue the part time switch and depending on the time of year I anticipate I will line dry and little more or less, however, I do plan on doing it throughout the year. I was excited to learn that line drying inside your home in the winter can serve as a humidifier to counter that dry winter (or heater) air. I am grateful to Seventh Generation for giving me the push to start this (heaven knows I have wanted to switch for sometime) and for providing the tools so that I didn’t have any more excuses to procrastinate. 


Do you need some more motivation to start washing on cold and line drying? Check out the facts below, provided by Seventh Generation:

·         90% of the energy used when washing clothes is used for heating the water.
·         Approximately 23.8 billion pounds of clothing and textiles end up in U.S. landfills each year
·         The average household can save up to $25 per month off electric bill by line drying.
·         Sunlight bleaches and disinfects
·         Approximately one quarter of Americans use an ENERGY STAR washer. There are no ENERGY STAR dryers on the market.
·         Indoor drying racks can humidify in dry winter weather.
·         Seventh Generation 2X Concentrate Liquid Laundry Detergent is specially formulated to remove soil and stains in cold water, and reduces CO2 emissions.
·         Getting out of hot water can save you money—as much as $70/year on your energy bill
·         Laundry that’s cold water washed and line dried lasts longer, helping to protect the environment and your wallet.
·         Cold water washing and line drying helps conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change.
·         If Americans air dried their clothing for 10 months out of the year, we could avoid 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
·         If every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of 100 ox. 2x ultra petroleum-based liquid laundry detergent with our 100 oz. 2x ultra plant derived product, we could save 466,000 barrels of oil, enough to heat and cool 26,800 U.S. holes for a year.
·         60 million Americans live in approximately 300,000 community associations. The majority of these restrict or ban the clothesline.
·         You can reduce the full lifecycle climate change impact of your jeans by up to 50 percent by line drying and washing them in cold water.
·         Conventional detergents contain polluting surfactants like alkylphenol ethoxylates, or APEs. Natural laundry products use safe, biodegradable ingredients such as vegetable oils.




Yet again, battling a toddler on the deck stairs, but here is another video reflecting on the challenge:


The detergent, laundry line, accessories, Flip camera and giveaway were provided for this review by Seventh Generation through My Blog Spark. No other compensation was received and the views and opinions are my own.

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  1. I always wash on cold, and "line" dry as often as possible. We use a cheap fold up wooden drying rack, and it gets us by!

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  2. Always wash on cold unless the load is super messy. We use a fold up wooden rack for drying, so I can fold it and hide it when not in use. To make line drying faster when inside, I stack all the liners together and diapers together. I find it much faster to lay the liners down on the top lines of the rack, then stick the diapers down below.

  3. I wash sheets/towels/diapers on hot and everything else on cold! Most clothes ask you to wash on cold anyway, and I know it saves heating the water, which is awesome! My diaper covers get line dried over a laundry basket, but I could REALLY use a clothesline kit to use outside, I have plenty of space, but haven't been able to make the investment yet. I would really love to be able to line dry my diapers, which would also sun them!

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  10. Julia Shober says:

    With the exception of my diapers, I always wash on cold & try to line dry as much as possible. Winters here in the catskills make that near impossible, but all summer long I have things out in the air. I tried washing diapers just on cold for the winter to save $ and that just ended in a terrible stench that only rockin green could tackle.
    I would love to have a real line to put thing out – I only have a wooden folding rack right now.

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  13. Mrs. Haid says:

    I use cold water for most of my laundry loads, and I always have. I learned to do this when I was in college and too lazy to sort my clothes! We line dry, too, unless it is too humid to do so effectively. I do run the clothes on tumble press for a few minutes to get some of the stiffness out!

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  19. Kimberly says:

    I wash on cold sometimes…but my husband never does! We recently started line drying, though. I think the dryer has only run twice in the past month! Even on rainy days I'm hanging my diapers indoors and just not doing other laundry. My biggest tip is load up on loads when you know it isn't going to rain. I usually do 2 or 3 back-to-back, then hang them out all at once.

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  24. I usually wash on cold and dry everything in the dryer except my son's cloth diapers. Those get hung on an over-the-door towel rack, which is a great space-saver. I would love to start line-drying everything to save money but don't have any supplies to do that!

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  47. khaymax says:

    I wash everything but diapers, towels and sheets in cold water. I also line dry all bedding, diapers and some clothes. I live in Arizona so things dry super fast the majority of the time on the line. Faster than the dryer sometimes. :)

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  50. Melanie says:

    I was on cold most of the time. I line dry when the weather permits. I haven't put up a line or rack inside for drying, but have been thinking about it.

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  61. I wash everything on cold except sheets and towels, but I would like to start washing towels on cold as well. I always line dry my diapers when the weather's nice, and if it's raining, I line dry my PUL inside and everything else goes in the dryer. One thing that helps me hang diapers out faster is to put them in a reusable shopping bag. It's faster to have it over my shoulder than to constantly bend over and pick diapers out of a basket on the ground. I would love to line dry my clothes as well, but we need a longer clothesline for that!
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  68. Laura W. says:

    I always wash on cold, and only sometimes (like with our cloth diapers) line dry because I don't have a hanging line or clothespins. I use a folded drying rack, but we're moving to our first house in a week and I'm hoping to put up a drying line. THanks for the chance to win!
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    I no longer own a dryer and I air dry year round. I also do not have a clothes line. I use a couple clothes drying racks for all my families drying needs. It is really great. I have found that what works best for my family is to throw a load into the washer at supper time. Then when the kitchen is cleaned up the clothes are ready to be hung up. So I hang them in the middle of my kitchen under the ceiling fan if it is humid out. This does two things for me. It keeps us from snacking after supper since then you have to move the laundry and it keeps the utility bill down since we do not need to pay for drying.

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  130. hwhitne1 says:

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  159. I always use cold when possible to save energy. We line dry when we can, but living in WI it isn't always possible. I am excited to hear about line drying in the house in the winter helping with dry air so I'm going to make an effort to do that more in the winter! Oh – my line drying tip is that I try to hang like items together so when I take them down I can fold right away and it makes putting away easier!
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  194. I've washed in cold water for years but other than rugs thrown over a rack, haven't line dried in years. I do love the smell of clothes line dried (outside)

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  196. Yes to both! My only tip about the clothes line that I can think of is to hang clothes upside down to prevent stretching or peg marks.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  198. I also liked The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook (Amanda Davis) Thank you!

  199. I wash everything on cold except my husbands stinky work clothes and the baby's cloth dipes. I'd air dry dipes in the house. I'd love to line dry everything, but it's so humid here and it rains everyday. And on the days that I have been able to line dry, the clothes come in smelling stinky. Must be something in our air! LOL

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  200. VickieB says:
  201. 12gViolet says:

    I wash on cold, and have for a while. The thing I've found helps most is to presoak the really yucky stuff and not to crowd the washer.

  202. 12gViolet says:

    I follow your blog.

  203. 12gViolet says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  204. 12gViolet says:

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  205. 12gViolet says:

    I commented on the Culturelle giveaway.

  206. 12gViolet says:

    I have the TCDR button on my blog: http://12gviolet.wordpress.com/

  207. 12gViolet says:

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  208. 12gViolet says:

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    I voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs

  211. helenlam says:
  212. Hands Full says:

    I wash everything cold except for my dipes.
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  213. VickieB says:
  214. Michelle says:

    We wash on warm/cold, but line dry all towels and jeans.

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  215. Michelle says:

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  216. katklaw777 says:

    I wash most everything on cold…my tip is to pretreat stains and/or presoak items before washing. I am always surprised how well washing in cold works out, thanks.

  217. katklaw777 says:

    I subscribe via email.

  218. i wash on cold and air dry
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  219. like you on fb

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  225. SAPsMaMa says:

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