It's April, which means Enviro-Girl makes the official switch from drying laundry indoors in her 12-year-old GE 5-cycle automatic dryer to drying laundry outdoors using these:
Enviro-Girl's grandfather was a welder and inventor by trade and years ago he made these Super Sturdy Steel Clothesline Poles for Enviro-Girl's mother. Because of the portion of gypsy blood in Enviro-Girl's father, the poles were donated to Enviro-Girl after he'd dug them out of the ground four different times in four different backyards. Enviro-Girl and Mr. D have moved these poles once (and Mr. D vows for a final time).
A typical clothes dryer uses the most energy of any household appliance (second only to the refrigerator) while fresh air and sunshine are free. (A length of clothesline and 100 clothespins cost less than $10.) Sure, it takes Enviro-Girl extra time and effort to pull the wet clothes outside and pin them to the lines, but she's rewarded by getting to be outside more and by the fresh smell of her laundry when she brings it in--a smell unparalleled by any dryer sheet or fabric softener on the market. This smell makes climbing into fresh-aired sheets akin to creme brulee or a fresh-washed baby. Some folks complain that air-dried laundry is too stiff and coarse, but for the Ultra-Picky, a 5 minute tussle in the clothes dryer will soften fabrics with less environmental toll than a regular drying cycle. Enviro-Girl counters that the stiff towels have an exfolliating benefit to her superhero skin, anyway. And she's learned that few things give small children more pleasure than playing tag through laundry hung out to dry.
The Clothesline, a nifty throwback to old-school housekeeping and Enviro-Girl's Weapon of Choice for Cleaner & Environmentally-Friendly Laundry. She'd use it year-round if she didn't live in Wisconsin!