The surprising benefits of hanging your clothes to dry
Hang-drying is easier on fabric and your wallet
In the warm summer months, no one wants to generate more heat by turning on your dryer, which is why we're bringing back your grandma’s favourite laundry trick: hang drying. It can be surprisingly easy, even if you don’t have a clothesline or drying rack, and has tons of added benefits. Not only that, but it means reducing your energy use – dryers can account for 12% of your home's energy. Dryers typically use more per use than any other appliance.
Consider a clothes line, if you can
It's probably been a while since you've seen a clothes line in someone's back yard or hanging from their balcony. That's because clothes lines aren't allowed everywhere, so you'll want to check your bylaws or strata regulations before you string up. During spring and summer, when the weather is dry and sunny, you and your clothes can hang outside together and enjoy the free benefits of the sun, like naturally disinfecting and keeping whites whiter. Hanging your clothes outside is also a natural fabric softener – you'll get static-free, spring-scented clothes without the added cost or chemicals.
Dryers can also be hard on your clothes, causing them to wear out more quickly with each wash (and dry). Hanging your duds outside will keep them from getting over-heated or over-dried, meaning your kid’s favourite tee will keep going long after they’ve outgrown it.
Indoor drying racks mean there's no excuse
We know that drying clothes outside doesn't always work in many parts of B.C. during our cold and wet winters. And even the sunniest spots can still be limited by space or local regulations.
Fear not – you can move your set up inside and still get many of the air drying benefits even when Jack Frost tries to get you down.
You can pick up a drying rack from most local home stores, which will give you the space your clothes need to air out. Many of them even fold up, so you can easily store them when they aren't in use. This is a great solution for apartment-dwellers who are short on space and may not be able to string a clothesline from their balcony.
You can also create your own spaces for air drying around your home, such as hanging clothes on your shower rod or towel rack. Just be sure not to shower while your clothes are drying or you'll bring added moisture which will slow down the drying process.
Team Power Smart members: win a Canadian Tire gift card to go get your own drying rack
If saving energy while ending up with great-smelling, longer-lasting clothes isn't enough to convince you, consider the impact you can make on your carbon footprint by reducing your dryer use. If you're ready to make the switch, this month's members-only contest is making it easy. We're giving away a gift card to Canadian Tire so you can upgrade to old-school and pick up a drying rack of your own.