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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 7th Wednesday

Whenever possible, line-dry your clothes. A little planning and a mobile drying rack means you’ll rarely need the energy-intensive dryer

The dryer is the 3rd largest consumer of energy in the typical American home and is surpassed only by the refrigerator and washing machine. Given the current disruption of our daily routines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have the perfect opportunity to begin doing things differently. As many of us have extra time on our hands, let’s get reacquainted with the practices of our grandparents as well as the other 80% of the world and begin air-drying our laundry.

Our information today is coming from Green America’s 5 Reasons to Ditch your Dryer article.

Air-Drying Clothing Outdoors

A natural option is to hang clothes out to dry outside, on a line or a rack. A clothesline enables you to spend some of your laundry time enjoying the outdoors, your clothes smell “sunny” when they come back in, and drying in the sunshine helps to naturally disinfect clothes, and to gently bleach whites.

You can purchase a variety of racks and lines for outdoor air-drying of clothes. Some fold out into a rotary umbrella shape; others stretch multiple lines between two “T” posts. The innovative Cord-O Clip is a time-saving clothesline with built-in clips that close automatically when people place clothes on the line and push, and open automatically as the line is pulled around once the clothes are dry. One Green America member gets her active family’s clothes—including cloth diapers for two young children—on or off the line in less than ten minutes with this device.


Isaiah 50:4-9 


Isaiah 50

4 The Lord GOD has given mea well-trained tongue,That I might know how to answer the wearya word that will waken them.Morning after morninghe wakens my ear to hear as disciples do;5The Lord GOD opened my ear;I did not refuse,did not turn away.6I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who tore out my beard;My face I did not hidefrom insults and spitting.7The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;Therefore I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.8He who declares my innocence is near.Who will oppose me?Let us appear together.Who will dispute my right?Let them confront me.9See, the Lord GOD is my help;who will declare me guilty?See, they will all wear out like a garment,consumed by moths.

Psalm 70 


Psalms 70

1For the leader; of David. For remembrance.2Graciously rescue me, God!Come quickly to help me, LORD!3Let those who seek my lifebe confused and put to shame.Let those who desire my ruinturn back in disgrace.4Let those who say “Aha!”turn back in their shame.5But may all who seek yourejoice and be glad in you,Those who long for your helpalways say, “God be glorified!”6I am miserable and poor.God, come to me quickly!You are my help and deliverer.LORD, do not delay!

Hebrews 12:1-3 


Hebrews 12

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us 2while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. 3Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.


John 13:21-32 


John 13

21When he had said this, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. 23One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. 24So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. 25He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” 26Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and [took it and] handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. 27After he took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28[Now] none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. 29Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. 30So he took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.31 When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. 32[If God is glorified in him,] God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once.


Air-Drying Clothing Indoors

If you have pollen allergies, don’t have an outdoor space for hanging up clothes to dry, or expect the weather in your area will be too rainy or cold, forego the outdoor approach and use an indoor drying rack instead.

Many online retail stores offer racks and other accessories for air-drying your clothes indoors. Many of these creative items store flat or retract to save space when not in use. Real Goods, for example, offers a pine drying rack made in Maine (Editor’s Note 01/2020: No longer available) that can handle a full load of laundry, with 56 feet of drying space, and it folds flat between uses. Other drying racks perch over a bathtub, in a shower, or lower from the ceiling to which they’re bolted.

Large items like sheets and towels can dry draped over a door, banister, or a shower rod; and tablecloths generally dry happily right on the tables they cover. Socks and smaller items can air-dry using hangers lined with clips.

Why fire the dryer?

  • Save energy and curb emissions
    In many households, the dryer is the third-most energy-hungry appliance, after the refrigerator and washer. Air-drying your clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year.
  • Save Money
    Not many people can afford to spend any more than necessary on energy bills, and many households pay more than $100 a year on the electricity claimed by their dryer. Most households will likely have less than a year of payback time for purchases that enable air drying.
  • Save time
    Anyone who’s had to wait around the laundromat or delay an errand to fold clothes right when the dryer finished will appreciate the flexibility of air-drying clothes. While it may take longer for clothing to get dry, you don’t have to be present to fold them to prevent wrinkles. You can hang your laundry on the rack or line and go about your day, then come back to fold whenever you get around to it.
  • Save your clothes
    The lint you find in your dryer is evidence of your wardrobe literally wearing away. When you stop using your dryer, you’re conserving your favorite clothes longer and saving the cost of replacing them before their time.
  • It’s safer
    It eliminates the risk that your dryer could ever start a dangerous fire. According to a report by FEMA, clothes dryer vents can become clogged with lint, causing more than 15,000 house fires every year.


Today’s photo courtesy of Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

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