Revisiting the LAUNDRY!

Saturday Jan 7, 2017

Back on August 28th, 2016, I wrote an article entitled “Save Money & Extend the Life of Your Clothes”   In this article I talked a good deal about how so many Americans use their clothes dryers for drying ALL of their clothes and how this can make your clothes wear out so much faster.  Go back and read the article – it’s very interesting and I think you’ll get a lot from it.

But – here we are – in the dead of winter in January 2016 and this weekend it’s been RAIN, SLEET, and SNOW even in the deep South!  It rained all day yesterday and the temperature started dropping!  So, as I’m waking up this morning, it’s 27 degrees F outside and feels like 14 degrees F.  I hope the dog doesn’t want to go out any time soon 🙂

Last night before I went to bed, I washed a load of white clothes – mainly towels.  Needless to say, I will not be hanging clothes out to dry this morning!  But, all is not lost – because, I have something really cool to share with you.  This will be a little tip that I think you’re going to like a lot.

How many times have you been in a hurry for a certain piece of clothing to dry?  You make several trips back and forth to the dryer and you end up removing the item from the dryer before the dryer has completed its cycle.  AND, the item is actually already dry.  The fact is, sometimes the dryer can continue even 10 minutes or longer after all of the items are dry.  This is definitely a waste of electricity and, can affect the life of your dryer.  So – what I’m going to share with you will save you $$$ and save your dryer.

This morning when I woke up, I transferred my white clothes from the washer to the dryer and started the dry cycle.  Then, I went into the kitchen and set the timer on the stove for 10 minutes.  When my timer went off, I stopped the dryer and removed the items.  Now, they were not completely dry, but they were still damp.  I then hung them in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room.  I have a fan blowing on them and they will finish drying in just a fairly short period of time.  Best of all – the towels will not be hard and stiff when they have finished drying.  They will be soft – just like they were completely dried in my electric dryer!  That saves a good deal of electricity on our monthly bill.  If you consistently do this with all of your laundry, you can really notice the savings!

Now, you’re probably asking what I used to hang these towels up so I could air dry them.  Well, I’ve found these awesome clothes hanger on Amazon that have clips on them (see pic below).  As of this writing, they are available on Amazon Prime – an 18 pack for $11.49 – so that’s even less than a dollar a hanger.  They work quite well to hang up one towel per hanger.

I have also included a link for the regular plastic clothes hangers I use for clothing items – they are also available on Amazon Prime – as of the date of this article they are priced at $11.71 for a pack of 18 hangers.

For my washcloths, I usually just drape the cloth over the middle part of the hanger in between the clips.  There is another item that I have in my “wish list” on Amazon.   This hanger would be really good for small laundry items such as underwear or even washcloths.  It has 26 clips on it and takes up just a minimal amount of space.

Please comment below – I’d love to hear some of your suggestions for being frugal and saving money on laundry costs.


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Someone has sent me a question about the amount of time that I leave the laundry in the dryer before hanging to finish the drying process.
For the load of white mentioned in the post, I had about 3/4 of a full load. For larger loads of laundry or for items such as heavy jeans, I usually set the timer for just a bit longer – sometimes up to 15 minutes.
I suggest starting out with setting your timer for about 10 minutes for a 3/4 to full load and then adjusting the amount of time based on your outcome. All dryers are different and some are hotter than others. So, it’s going to something you’ll have to experiment and determine based on your specific dryer and the items you are laundering.
A little more detail about exactly what you at looking for when you pull your laundry from the dryer to hang to complete the drying process – you do not want your clothes to be as wet as when you put them in the dryer. They should be just a little drier and they should also be very warm to the touch.
It’s the tumbling and heating process of the dryer that helps your clothes to turn out soft after they have completed the drying process when you hang them up.
So my suggestion is to start at 10 minutes and then make adjustments based on what works for you 🙂

January 8th, 2017 | 2:03 pm
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