Green your life at home, work & play

Bob Dylan Had The Right Idea August 16, 2008

RIDDLE– What’s simple, silent, and completely non-polluting? The Answer My Friend… Is Blowing in the Wind

Air and wind and sun are all free. So why not use them to dry your clothes? Hang drying your clothes is an easy way to save money while reducing your carbon emissions. For about $10-50 you can buy a clothesline or clothes rack that will save you around $100 a year in electricity costs. Now that’s a great return on investment! Some additional benefits of hang (air) drying your clothes:

  • Drying your clothes in a dryer puts a lot of wear and tear on them, so you’ll save money by not having to buy new clothes as often.
  • You’ll reduce your carbon (CO2) emissions by about 1400 lb. per year.
  • Hang dried clothes smell fresh and have no static.
  • Drying racks and clotheslines take very few materials to manufacture and require no electricity or fuel to operate.
  • It will put moisture into the indoor air in the dry winter months.

A variety of simple indoor and outdoor air-drying equipment can be found in retail stores. Some of the options are:


  • Wooden fold-up racks.
  • Metal fold-up racks.
  • Wall-mounted towel rods.


  • Cotton rope or plastic coated line tied between two trees or poles.
  • Carousels.
  • Retractable clotheslines.
  • Pulley-operated clotheslines.

If you really don’t like the stiffness of the hang-dried clothes you can always fluff them up in the dryer for a few minutes. Hang drying your clothes is one of the easiest ways to live a greener lifestyle. Better for the planet, better for your wallet!


4 Responses to “Bob Dylan Had The Right Idea”

  1. Love the tie-in to Bob Dylan. I agree. We have natural resources so why not use them.


  2. Joanna Says:

    Drying outside is fine if it doesn’t rain but not a good option when it does. Like the indoor solution – will give this a try.

  3. Hi!. Thanks for the blog. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but i think i’m getting lost!. Google lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the good work. I will be coming back over here in a few days to see if there is any more info.

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