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Why You Should Air Dry Your Clothes

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

I love doing laundry.

If you ask any of my former roommates, they would all say the same thing. “When she’s ironing, she’s in her happy place.” I’m no great homemaker by any stretch of the imagination, but when it comes to clothes, I pride myself on keeping them in good condition.

Happy sheets.

I have lived in apartment buildings all of my adult life, and unfortunately, they tend to have industrial-grade washers and dryers that are harsh on your clothes. Drying in particular puts a lot of stress on garments and causes them to fade and disintegrate rapidly.

To prolong the life of my clothes (and save money) I air dry most of my clothes. Usually the only things that go in the dryer are socks, underwear, and bed sheets. I also air dry any shirts that have print on them, since I have found that this helps the graphics last longer

If you have access to the sun, line drying is even better! The sun’s UV rays are a natural disinfectant, and whites come out so much brighter when they line dry. When I was a little girl, I would spend the summers at my grandmother’s dacha in rural Russia. I loved line drying the laundry in her garden, and checking every few hours to see if they were dry.

While it’s not the same, the act of laying out of my clothes on my drying rack at home always reminds me of those summers.

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