Everytime I go back to Japan, one of the first things I notice is that almost everyone dries clothes outside. It doesn’t matter if you live in a house or in an apartment in a high rise building. You dry your clothes outside. In fact, when my family moved to the United States, we didn’t know that many communities had a rule against drying clothes outside. So, we did what we normally did in Japan and hung our clothes outside. Our neighbor was quick to point out that it was against the rule. I remember my family being completely taken aback by such an odd rule in the Land of Free.
Nowadays, I live in a house in an eco-friendly neighborhood. I hang dry most of my clothes, rain or shine. I use several drying racks, including a homemade bamboo one, to dry my clothes. I absolutely love the drying rack pictured above. It can hang little pieces of clothing such as socks and underwear, and it’s mobile. I can move it outside or inside. I love it!
What I love about drying clothes outside is how the clothes smell when I bring them in. I also love how it helps me save money by not using my dryer. Wanna dry clothes outside but don’t like the rough feel of hang-dried clothes? Put them in the dryer for about five minutes, and voilà, they become oh so soft.
So, save money and the environment! Hang dry your clothes!
P.S. Stay tuned for more posts about greening your laundry, including one on how to build a bamboo clothes drying rack!