How To: Line-dry your clothes

Line-dry your clothes

Looking for a way to save on your energy bills at home? How about line drying your clothes? According to the Energy Information Agency, clothes dryers account for 5.8 percent of home electricity usage. Line-dry your washed clothes and linens to keep them from wearing out, and save money on your energy bill at the same time.

What you will need:
• A clothesline
• Wooden clothespins
• Clothes
• Good weather
• Hangers (optional)

Step 1: Snap clothing
Snap each piece of washed material before your hang it to help prevent wrinkles.

Step 2: Turn clothing inside out
Turn your clothing inside out for faster drying and to prevent fading.

Step 3: Pin to clothesline
Pin your articles to the clothesline with wooden clothespins.

Step 4: Dry according to light
Dry silk, synthetic, and fine fabrics in the shade. Dry linen in the sun for fewer wrinkles.

Step 5: Hang shirts
Hang your T-shirts on the line upside down.

Step 6: Throw articles in dryer
Throw your towels or clothing in the dryer for a minute or two if they're still damp or stiff from hanging.

Step 7: Enjoy
Enjoy the fresh smell, lower electric bill, and environmental benefits of line-drying your articles.

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