Changes in Laundry

In order to break even late on with the outdoor woodboiler we plan on eventually installing, we need to try to cut 2 – 4 kWhs a day. Seeing how we only use 13 kWhs/day in the winter and 9 kWhs/day in the summer (the average household uses 30 kWhs/day average), we do fairly well. BUT we’d like to stay within these numbers, if not make them smaller so that they balance back to what we have now when we have little ones.

Over the past couple weeks, one of our mini-projects has been coming up with even more ideas on how to save electricity. I stepped in and came up with a couple ideas for the laundry around the house.

While we already had the drying rack, it’s a small one that doesn’t hold much. We decided that the laundry room would be a perfect place to add a couple clothes lines. Using some cup hooks I had bought for another project and help rope from my crafting stash, I rigged the first one up and then realized that with a second one I could get a full load of laundry on the lines and rack. Instead of using the dryer for every load, we now use it maybe once every five loads or so. It does take a little over a day for the clothes to dry, but that’s fine by us!

As a reminder to not use the dryer when it’s not necessary, I made a quaint little cover for it.

(Keep in mind, I’m not a seamstress and this cover could have been much more appealing. On the plus side, I made it with fabric I got free from work.)

The three sachets in front of the last picture are dryer sachets that I made. In between realizing that a chunk of chemicals in dryer sheets are cancerous, some cause anxiety attacks, and other are animal based, I decided to give making my own sachets a try. They’re cotton cloth filled with rice and lavender. The scent seems strong, but when you pull the laundry out, there’s just enough to make it smell fresh. The lavender I bought on Etsy for $8.00 total. I have enough for roughly 12 sachets. The fabric was left over from a earlier project years ago. Over all, when you figure out the cost, each sachet is only pennies. The plus side of all of this is that we no longer have to worry about what we use causing havoc with my psoriasis.

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4 responses to “Changes in Laundry

  1. I love it! I love the dryer cover, the dryer bags, and the new clothes lines! Yeah, I hit that realization some time ago about dryer sheets and just stopped using them all together. And you know what?? Neither of us realized a difference. Just goes to show what you can do without!

  2. I think the big thing that gets me is that the active ingredient in most dryer sheets are either a petroleum product or animal fat. when I read a few articles about people with severe anxiety and the complete turn around that happened when they stopped using them, that was the real kicker. I wonder how many times finicky and crying babies could have been soothed if their parents had stopped using dryer sheets?

    Let me know if you want a sachet. 🙂 They smell so wonderful and double as hand warmers. I can’t guarantee when I will be able to mail one out due to certain financial issues (e-mail me on that for more information if you want), but I can at least get it made up.

  3. Great idea, and my favorite color too! 😉

    (THANKS for the link!)

  4. Pingback: Garden Updates and Past-due Electric Information « Multifarious Raymonds

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