By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple
Several years ago, in an effort to reduce my ever-increasing electric
bill, I challenged myself to break a bad habit. Instead of dropping my
laundry in the energy-guzzling dryer, I would become an air-dryer.
That’s right: After years of wrapping myself in the warm fluffiness of a
just-dried towel, I would embrace a towel dried with nothing more than
the breeze flowing through my Brooklyn backyard or through my kitchen
My efforts were assisted by the knowledge that the dryer is one of
the most energy-hungry appliances in the average household, clocking in
just under the refrigerator. Ditching the dryer for an electric-free
alternative would reduce my monthly bill and save valuable natural
resources. I would also earn bonus eco-points by washing my clothes in
cold water with a detergent designed to maximize cold-water cleansing,
which cuts back on the energy used by the washing machine.
However, not all air-drying is created equal. Here’s what I’ve learned about drying au natural:
Marisa Belger’s work has appeared in Travel + Leisure Family, Natural Health, Prevention and TODAYShow.com, where she wrote a column about eco-friendly living. She was an editor at Lime.com and collaborated with author Josh Dorfman on his bestselling books, The Lazy Environmentalist and The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget. She is the managing editor of and frequent contributor to Green Goes Simple.
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