Why You Should Be Line Drying Clothes

Line Drying Clothes

Only recently did I find out that most people put their clothing in a tumble dryer to dry. I have always line dried my clothing so this was something that seemed a little strange to me. 

Obviously, some people don’t have access to clotheslines as they live in an apartment or are in an area that does not allow it, but for everyone that doesn’t, I thought I’d share some of my top reasons why you should be line drying your clothes. 

You can also save this Ethically Engaged infographic to Pinterest so that you can refer to it later. 

1. Line Drying Is Gentle On Clothing

Tossing and tumbling in a dryer often causes strain and puts tension on clothing fabric due to stress on seams. Do you see all the lint in your dryer vent? By having excessively high heat in the dryer, you can actually ruin some fabrics and cause irreversible damage to your clothes. Line drying is more gentle to fibers. 

2. Line Drying Saves Energy

Line drying laundry conserves energy and helps to protect the environment by saving precious fossil fuels. In the US alone, there are more than 90 million clothes dryers. By hanging your clothes out on the line, you can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year.

Recently I have been reading that dryers use the most energy now since so many other appliances have become more energy efficient. It isn’t actually necessary for a dryer to show Energy Star labels because they all use similar amounts of energy.

3. Line Drying Saves Money

Let’s be real, tumble drying not only wastes energy but wastes the money in your bank account too. NRDC concluded that Americans spend $9 billion a year on the electricity used to dry their clothes. This is a whopping figure and leaves me asking why. I am sure that a large percentage of the people contributing to that $9 billion have a clothesline and probably put their clothing in there when the sun is shining bright outside. A new clothesline is much less expensive to purchase and run than a new clothes dryer.

4. It Uses No Chemicals

Forget the bleach. Seriously. For clothes on the lighter coloured spectrum, line drying is a must! No need to bleach your white shirts to make the colour brighter, the sun is a natural whitener and can do it for you. 

5. Line Dried Clothes Smell Much Fresher

Line dried clothes and sheets smell much fresher than clothes that are tumble dried. There is no need to use additional laundry fresheners like dryer sheets and fabric softeners. For those of you who have sensitive skin, I am sure you know that this is particularly important.


These are just some of many reasons why you should be line drying your clothing. If you have another reason or tip, let me know in the comments below! You can also save this Ethically Engaged infographic to Pinterest so that you can refer to it later. 



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Hey there! I'm Brodie, the passionate blogger behind Ethically Engaged. My mission is to find ethical lifestyle options to lead you in the direction of conscious consumerism. I hope you enjoy coming along this journey with me x

  1. Thank you for writing this post, it is exactly what I needed. We have a clothes line and a dryer, the dryer is not energy efficient AT ALL however it is super convenient.

    I am going to be using the clothes line from now on, I guess it’s good exercise too haha

  2. Love this post girl! Some great reasons here, definitely going to use my clothes line now. Shall I take my dryer to the scrap man or opshop since i will no longer need it? I am really trying to make more conscious choices.

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