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Hung Out to Dry

Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 2 Savings: 1845 lbs CO2 / $91 Bookmark and Share

Get some cheap solar power and dry your clothes outside!

Why You Should Do It

Clothes dryers are one of the top three energy hogs in your home.  By air drying your clothes on the line outside, you'll give that dryer a break and take advantage of some free solar power - not to mention help your clothes last longer!

What It Costs

There are many different kinds of outdoor lines (retractable, folding frame, rotary, t-post) from $100 and over.

How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to air dry your clothing.
  2. Put a big sign on your clothes dryer to remind yourself and your family that you’re air drying clothes from now on!
  3. Set up an outdoor drying line in the spring and set aside time each week to use it.
  4. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money and making a difference for Minnesota!

Make It a Family Activity

Bring your kids with you outside while you hang clothes to tell them how cool it is that the sun will dry your clothes for free, then send them back to collect dry clothes and put them away.  Mention the other families you know that dry their clothes outside so your kids can see that other people use clotheslines, too!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    Should I dry my clothes on drying racks inside during the winter?

    You can certainly use drying racks in your home or apartment to dry clothing during the winter months, but you need to be careful - drying clothing inside can release too much moisture into your home during the winter, which can cause issues.  If you dry your clothing inside during the winter and start to notice condensation on the inside of your windows, you probably don't have enough ventilation - and you can be causing damage to your windows or walls! 


  • coolhandluke says:

    We do

  • coolhandluke says:

    we hang our clothes up as much as possible

  • sandeen says:

    $100? Maybe if you have to buy poles, but we strung 2 lines from home to garage with a couple j-hooks and some line. Cost maybe $20. :)

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