Hours of sunshine and gentle winds make for some beautiful memories in the summer, and that’s just the start of it. Now is the time to take advantage of all that free energy (I’m talking about the sun and having kids at home) and see how using a clothesline can really save you in the long run.

Here’s how:

1.    Clotheslines save money. Some households using this happy hang-up can save more than $100 per year in energy costs, and the savings don’t stop there. Maintenance costs are also substantially cheaper with a clothesline, and using the sun to whiten and deodorize clothing (which it does supremely well) can also save on bleach, special detergents, and static cling preventers. Indoor clotheslines also add precious humidity in winter months without the need for a humidifier.

2.    Clotheslines save clothing. Another way it’s a money-saver is how gentle it is on fabrics. Think about it. Each time you throw away lint from your dryer, you are throwing away pieces of your clothing that get rubbed off and worn away. By line drying, you save on this unnecessary wear and tear and can extend the life of your wardrobe. It can also help remove wrinkles without the iron, giving you a fresh look without the additional step.

3.    Clotheslines save the planet. Since you aren’t burning precious fossil fuels to dry your clothes, you are making a difference in the environment every laundry day. Dryers can also impact the temperature of the air around them, so by using a clothesline in the summer, you can also reduce the stress on your air conditioner (which, ahem, also saves you money).

4.    Clotheslines save brain cells. The sun not only brightens whites, it also brightens moods. While you are out with your clothespins and laundry, you are grabbing Vitamin D, breathing in the breeze and soaking your fabrics in good, old fashioned, non-recirculated fresh air. It’s a natural time-out that can encourage and challenge you to sort clothes while you pin them up, making them easier to take down, fold, and put away. And it can be a meditative process that allows you be creative or to tune in or out as needed. Also, hanging clothes on the line is a great activity for kids who are getting stir crazy—send them out with a load and enjoy 15 minutes of peace!

5.    Clotheslines save lives. Okay, this one may be a bit of a stretch. However, when you learn that clothes dryers account for 15,600 structure fires, 400 injuries, and 15 deaths each year, it’s still an important consideration. The act of hanging clothes on the line, the movement, the stretching, the calf-raises (for short folks like me), is also another small way to add physical activity to your day—which may end up having a positive impact on your health and quality of life.

There you have it. Five amazing ways that clotheslines can really save you. Do you have a clothesline? Have any tips to share with our other fabulous readers?

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