“I just might need a new dryer. The older low end dryer we currently have is not drying our clothes! Literally, I have to run the dryer for 120 minutes to get our clothes dry. Even then, we may find a few damp items.” I recently found myself telling my husband this as I was browsing at the beautiful front loading HE dryers online. It was true though, I would have to run our dryer for a very long time before our clothes/diapers or anything was dry. It was causing our electric bill to rise and I’m sure it was not good on the dryer to be running that much either. $600…$644….Oh Oh! $475! I have to say, I was kind of excited to be shopping for a new dryer.
That was until I got a little smart. You see, I rarely use my dryer to dry my cloth diapers. I use a $9.99 wooden drying rack I found at the store so that I can sun them. Well after unloading another load of dry…but not really dry clothes…the rack caught my eye. I began to think…maybe I can kick it “old school” and begin drying our clothes on the racks and then tossing them in the dryer for a few minutes at the end to get the stiffness out. It should work until we get a new dryer- so I went out and bought a few more racks to have enough for a few loads of laundry and my diaper stash come wash day.
I have to say, while I was hanging my first load of laundry on the racks…I got a little excited about the money we were going to save in electric and the fact that we were simply not using electric to dry them. Even my two and three year old girls wanted to help me hang some clothes and it turned out to be kind of fun. We let our first load sit out overnight to dry and by the time we woke the next morning- they were dry and ready to “fluff” in the dryer. Ten minutes in the dryer, and I had clean, fresh smelling and dry laundry. Just a few days of this routine and instead of getting tired of it, I was liking it more and more. If my diapers were out sunning, I’d throw a rack of clothes out there with them and got even faster results. By the time the week came to an end and it was time to go shop for a dryer, I told my husband I didn’t want one. I know, I’m crazy. I have friends who are just waiting for something to happen to their washer or dryer so they can get new ones. But I love using my racks so much, that there is no need to go and spend hundreds on a new dryer when my $10 racks were doing a great job. The dryer was getting everything warm and fluffy during the ten minute sessions, and we were saving money and electric.
I can’t help but owe it all to my cloth diapers! Our house has literally gone through a laundry revolution. From hang drying to detergent- everything is different from how we use to do things and it all started with choosing how I was going to wash and dry my cloth diapers. I received an “its not the 18th century anymore” comment from a loved one who saw my racks of clothes and diapers- and I had to laugh, because I wouldn’t change how we do our laundry around here- even when I had the chance.
By Shay P.