As some of you know, I have been permanently band from using the laundry machines in our house. Because of my exile from the laundry room, I have no first hand knowledge about what goes on in there these days.
But, from my bachelor days of washing my own clothes and uniforms, I do remember the frustration of the dryer taking too long to do its job. Dryers cause wasted time because they take so much longer to do their job than the washing machine does.
I know homemakers are the all time champions of multi-tasking, but it sure would be great if the washer and dryer finished at the same time.
I know two ways folks help the dryer keep up pace with the washing machine.
The First one is to add a spinner to your list of power tools in the laundry room. Wet clothes are taken out of the washer and put in a spinner that spins them at very high speed to get more water out than the washing machine spin cycle does.
Pre-spinning the wet cloths reduces the time in the dryer by 30 to 50%. The total energy used is lower because there is less water to dry using heat. The energy hogging heat cycle is not on as long in the dryer. You spend more on hardware to get better energy efficiency. You also get more loads of laundry done in a given amount of time. The problem is they are expensive costing several hundreds of dollars. Not an option for most folks who are trying to save money.
The second one is a real energy and cost saver.
Air-dry some or all of the laundry. Doing your clothes drying using solar and wind power on an outdoor clothesline will save you time and money. If you are lucky enough to have good weather and the clean outdoor space, you can save 50 to 75 cents a load by air-drying your clothes. You get maximum savings by not using the dryer at all. The savings will show up on your monthly utility bills.
For those who are pressed for time try this. Take the load of partly dry clothes out of the dryer before the next load is finished in the washer.
Hang the partly dry laundry up to finish drying on the line. As I understand it, the best practice includes shaking out each piece of laundry real hard, before hanging it up.
When the washer is done, take that load and put in the dryer to start drying. Then load up the washer for the next load. Repeat until you run out of dirty laundry.
While the last load for the day completes drying in the dryer, take the other dry laundry down off the line. Everything will be done in record time.
Have a rainy day plan.
One excellent new invention for drying clothes on hangers in a limited space is the Tibbe-Line. These are a great way to get the job done either on a permanent clothesline or on a temporary, laundry day only, line. Hang your wet shirts on non-rusting plastic hangers and hang them on a Tibbe-Line. Your next and final step is to hang them in the closet when they are dry.
For more information and photos check out the Tibbe-Line web site at www.tibbeline.com
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