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Free Solar Clothes Dryer!

A clothes dryer is one of the largest consumers of electricity in most people's homes. When the sun is out like today, you can dry your clothes for free by hanging them.
Hanging clothes is good for the planet, good for your wallet and has spiritual benefits as well. I started hang drying my clothes about 15 years ago and love the simple pleasure of this task. It's really amazing how fast they will dry in warm weather like we currently have. In the late fall and early spring, I time my laundry days with the sun. As the weather improves, almost every day is excellent for hang drying and clothes will typcially be dry in about 4-8 hours.

Happy Hanging!

fellow dryer 24.Apr.2006 11:52


Even if you only have a small outdoor space a rotary clothes line will take a full load at a time. I got one for Christmas a few years ago and it revolutionized my line drying. In the height of summer some cotton clothes are nearly dry by the time I have hung the load - it is startingly quick.
Happy hanging!

Drying cloths 24.Apr.2006 18:03

Expat in NZ

We just moved to New Zealand about 8 months ago were and pleasantly shocked to learn that just about NO ONE has an electric dryer down here.
Every house has clothlines outside and a system to hang cloths indoors when the weather isn't agreeable.

When we lived in Camas, WA I built a clothsline in our backyard as soon as we bought our house. I swear it was the only clothsline in the entire neighnorhood.

When we told our new friends down here about what it's like in the states, no one could hardly believe it.

Be the change!

Another benefit 25.Apr.2006 07:54


besides the savings in $$, hanging clothes outdoors makes them smell good too.
Just hung my first load of the year yesterday. I also use one of those carousel-type models that holds several loads at a time.
Go figure, but in some newer neighborhoods, it is against neighborhood association policy to hang your laundry for all to see! Only in America!

some other questions to ask 26.Apr.2006 06:56

clean enuf

Do I need to wash these clothes every time I wear them? Maybe airing them out or spot-cleaning would work as well? Are there other warm or dry places I can dry clothes when it's raining (porch, basement, kitchen)?

water and air 26.Apr.2006 22:38

wareq quentin124@hotmail.com

Has anybody realized that using a clothesline to dry clothes depends on the air itself being dry? There are places with 100% humidity in summer, and places like Portland, southern Chile and New Zealand's South Island which have hundreds of rainy days per year. Reality imposes limitations on the use of natural means sometimes.

100% Humidity - WTF? 27.Apr.2006 08:28

Brian the Green

Wareq, this is a Cascadian IMC and we are talking about drying clothes here, not southern Chile. The weather here is perfect for line drying clothes for at least 1/2 the year. The wetter, cooler half the year poses some challenges but if each of us reduced our use of clothes dryers by 35% (not an unreasonable amount) we'd collectively save tons of money, air pollution, resources and salmon.

toneladas 03.May.2006 15:24

wareq quentin124@hotmail.com

35% would make a genuine dent? Neat. Ever come across any statistics as to what the savings would be? (And I'm from Portland myself, so don't try to convince me that there aren't wet days well into May and June. Plus my family tried to dry clothes in southern Chile using a clothesline - big mistake; the shit just never got dry.)

drying clothes in italy 02.Jun.2006 12:57


I just moved from oregon to Italy and EVERYONE here dries their clothes outside, in fact it is rare to even find a electric dryer in the appliance stores due to the fact that most building can't take the electrical draw from a modern dryer... I thought I would hate the stiffness of the clothes from not having a dryer, but they usually soften up after a few minutes of wearing them. And yes, it takes a little longer to hang them then iron some of them, but I don't miss the dryer as much as I thought I would and it definitely saves on energy! Makes me feel good everytime I hang my clothes!=)

from Italy 12.Jul.2006 10:17

Ignacio ignaciorivera@mac.com

Just back from a small town in Italy and saw the contraption where they hang clothes to dry outside.
Very interested in finding if I can get one through the internet.
I prefer the plastic one but the aluminum one will do.
If you know where I can get it, please let me know at  ignaciorivera@mac.com