Why is there a permanent press setting on most irons?
~ Kay Mosure~
Sorry if the title of this post made you think you were about to learn a titillating little secret about me. Nope. Just a little post about laundry. Well, here's a secret. I don't own a clothes dryer. Haven't for about four years. I might have purchased one, except for the fact that there's no room for one in my little cottage and I'd rather wear dirty clothes than go down in the "silence of the lambs" basement.
Everyone knows how thrifty it is to hang your laundry outside in the warm weather, but most resort to the dryer come winter. I hang them on a little contraption called a drying rack (and the upstairs banister) in my pantry. When my husband and I bought our first home, it came with an electric clothes dryer. The first time we tried it, we looked at the electric meter spinning off it's axis (located conveniently over the dryer) and unplugged it. How did we survive with a house bulging at the seams with boys? We ran clothes lines in our basement. During the winter the air is so dry that it only took a day for them to dry. Plus it added moisture to the air.
My friend asked me what do I do when I have visitors. I have a simple solution. I shut the door. If they are good enough friends to go poking about behind my closed doors, they are good enough friends to see my laundry. As for the banister, everyone has too creaky of knees to venture up my little ship's ladder of a staircase, and besides all that is upstairs is bedrooms and they don't need to be there anyhow.
I couldn't even venture a guess at how much money we've saved by not running a dryer. For a while we did abandon our thrifty ways and use one. But you know what? I kinda missed my hard towels. I tell you, you don't need a loofah or to exfoliate when you dry your towels inside!