When I asked recently for reader feedback in terms of what you wanted me to write about, one reader asked for a post about drying laundry in the winter without a dryer. We’ve been in our current house (sans dryer) for more than two years now, and the last year we lived in our old house we didn’t use the dryer at all. So we’re heading into our fourth dryer-free winter. I agree with Penny that dryers are a want rather than a need, although for me personally, I don’t want one. I honestly prefer to live without one.
The one and only downside that I’ve found to not having a dryer is that our bath towels aren’t all nice and fluffy when I put them on the towel rail. But after one or two uses, they feel about the same as they did back in the days when we dried them in the dryer, so I can live with that. There are several upsides to not having a dryer:
- Our clothes last longer
- We get to take advantage of the free stain-bleaching provided by the sun (I love this! It’s especially amazing for diapers).
- No need for dryer sheets (that nice “spring breeze” scent? It’s a bunch of nasty chemicals).
- No need to spend money on a dryer, anti-static sheets, or electricity to run the dryer.
- It’s a chance for us to “walk the walk” in terms of teaching our boys about living lightly on the earth and conserving natural resources whenever possible.
- Stains don’t get accidentally baked into our clothing by the heat of the dryer. Nothing ever shrinks (we always wash in cold water).