The One Thing You Should Never Do With Your Laundry

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Did your mother or grandmother warn you to never dry your clothes indoors? If you are like many people, you own a dryer and have probably never given that piece of advice a second thought. However, many people are interested in going more “green,” taking into careful consideration their carbon footprint, and trying more natural methods of doing almost everything, including drying their clothes.

If your mother didn’t warn you, then heed a word of warning from your friends here at NaturalOn. Drying your laundry inside the rooms you are occupying can do serious harm to your health. This is because clothing drying increases the humidity levels in the room as much as 30 percent. This creates the perfect condition for the development of mold spores.

One average load of laundry contains about 2 liters of water that will be released into the air. If we have healthy immune systems, we can probably deal with this amount of humidity, but what about those who are not as fortunate? The ones who usually suffer the worst are the young, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, and those who have respiratory problems. Even those who suffer from simple seasonal allergies can develop a serious health risk from mold spores.

Drying your clothes at home is not a bad idea when it comes down to it. Of all the appliances you own, your clothes dryer is usually #3 on the list of biggest users of electricity, even more so if it is an electric dryer! Clothes dryers ruin the elastic in clothing and increase the dust levels inside the house. Also, as you may know, clothes dryers are one of the biggest fire hazards in your home.

So it only makes sense that people want to save money, save the planet and save their clothes by drying them naturally. The main idea here is to be sure that you dry them in a room that no one is staying in, or you put them outside.

Here are 5 tips to help you dry clothing naturally and safely, while saving tons of money at the same time.


1. Timing

To give your laundry the best possible chance to dry, do your wash either the night before or early in the morning so that you can hang clothes early. Clothes do not dry very well during the nighttime hours, but if you put them out before you go to bed and take them down when you get home, that should work. Just be sure there is no rain forecast!

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