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May 26, 2010

Green Your Laundry: The Right to Dry

Clothesline Whether you lug a bag to the laundromat or roll a basket into the garage, you've got to clean your clothes. But doing laundry consumes a lot of energy and water, so this week we're providing tips for an eco-friendlier wash and dry.

Tip #3: Let it Hang Out

Now that the weather's warmer, instead of tossing your damp clothes into the dryer, hang them outside. Line-drying uses zero energy (except your own) and we think sun-dried clothes actually smell better. If the weather doesn't permit (or for more delicate items), invest in an inexpensive drying rack that you can set up inside. If you want to use a clothesline but your homeowners' association forbids it, consider getting involved with Project Laundry List or a similar advocacy organization (before you do, check out this hilarious clip from The Colbert Report about the right-to-dry movement).

Tell us: How do you dry your clothes?

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