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.