Why Line Dry?

Top Ten Reasons to Line Dry

We think there are dozens of reasons to hang out, but these are a few of the most compelling reasons.

10) Save money

You can save more than $25/month off the monthly electric bill for many households.

9) Clothes last longer

Where do you think lint comes from?

8) Pleasant Scent

Clothes and linens smell better without adding possibly toxic chemicals to your body and the environment. Yankee Candle thinks so, too…

7) Saves Energy, Preserves Environment, Reduces Pollution

Conserve energy and the environment, while reducing climate change. Learn how!

6) Healthy Work

It is moderate physical activity which you can do in or outside. You can even lose weight!

5) Get the Sunshine Treatment

Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.

4) Replace another appliance

Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.

3) Avoid a Fire

Clothes dryer and washing machine fires account for about 17,700 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 360 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structures is estimated at $194 million. See a diagram of the critical danger zones of the dryer.

2) It is fun!

And can be an outdoor experience that is meditative and community-building. It may also help you avoid depression.

1) It is truly patriotic

Demonstrates that small steps can make a difference. You don’t have to wait for the government to take action!


Positive Proof of Global Warming


Other People’s Reasons

“My #1 reason for hanging clothes: time management. When I dry clothes in the dryer (which I must do in Illinois in the winter) I need to be there when the dryer stops or everything comes out wrinkled, so I can’t walk away except for short periods. When I line dry, I can walk away – go shopping, have fun, garden, whatever – and the clothes will be fine no matter how long they hang on the line after they’re dry.”

-Marti Jernberg, Elgin, IL


“People here operate AC in their houses almost year round, because it’s so friggin’ hot. A clothes dryer just heats the house up more, so the AC has to work harder to cool the house down, thus wasting even more energy than your estimates for colder parts of the country.”

-Linda DuPriest, Friggin’ Texas

“I can remember with great clarity some of the daily chores that made up life in the Village. If you were lucky, you had a washing machine. Mine was in the kitchen. This was before the days of driers, and clothes had to be hung on the line. Diapers and all those tiny little baby clothes, almost every day. When the weather was cold, and it seems like it was always cold, when the clothes were hung on the line, they froze stiff as a board. They would hang like that all day and were brought in frozen. When they thawed they were dry. I can still remember how they smelled. Such a wonderful, clean, and wholesome smell. Was it the freezing that did it? I don’t know. But it was a happy thing to bring in the baby’s wash and have it smell so nice.”

-Gene Mary Joiner, 91 years old


Background Reading

These readings will help you get a better understanding of what we stand for and why.


Fostering Sustainable Behavior (on-line book)

The Property Cops, AlterNet (April 26, 2007)

Why We Don’t Vacation Like the French, The American Prospect (July 19, 2007)

The Power of Voluntary Actions, Grist (Sept. 11, 2007)

The Contribution of the Social Sciences to the Energy Challenge, US Congress (September 25, 2007)

Altar Call for True Believer, Orion (Sept./Oct. 2007)

California Feuding, New York Times (Apr. 8, 2008)

The Gospel of Consumption, Orion (May/June 2008)

What’s Wrong with a 30-Hour Work Week?, Climate & Capitalism (May 31, 2009)

Household actions can provide a behavioral wedge to rapidly reduce U.S. carbon emissions, PNAS (October 26, 2009)