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#WordlessWednesday: Cold Water Washing

Wordless Wednesday: The Cold Water Washing

Christa Clips discovered that her cold setting on the washing machine was using hot water!

We wash almost exclusively with cold water.
When we installed our new washing machine (and dryer *cough*sputter … more on that later!), I thought we’d crossed the hot/cold water hoses because my cold water washes had a LOT of hot water filling the drum.

It turns out that I need to push the temp button one more time until no light shows to reach the “tap cold” setting.

I’m sad that this more eco-friendly and budget saving setting was undeserving of its own little light. I think I’ll attach a little sticker to cheer myself up!

Wordless Wednesday: Green Gitch Gear

Wordless Wednesday: bloggers take a break from words and post our favourite pictures!

Wordless Wednesday: bloggers take a break from words and post our favourite pictures!

We’re getting close to the 11 month mark with no dryer and today is socks and underwear day. I use these Ikea spider hangers on the gazebo frame and any overflow goes onto the Lee Valley rack on the railing.

What? You thought I’d be showing pictures of my green undies?  It’s the gear that’s green, silly!

 

My Thanksgiving Laundry Fail

Fall can be a challenging season for air drying laundry.

Fall can be a challenging season for air drying laundry.

This fall has been a dream for this dryerless dame – lots of sun and just the right amount of wind to keep the “smells” of autumn at bay (think farming community!).  Thanksgiving Sunday was no exception and even though we were hosting family for dinner, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to hang out a couple of loads first thing in the morning.

Everything, including jeans, was dry by 4 and I opted to tuck the dryer racks under the gazebo instead of hauling them to the basement to fold later. It’s not that it would have taken more than a couple of minutes to move the 3 racks, it was more a question of “where will I be most motivated to fold the clean clothes tomorrow?“. I choose the sunny backyard view over the basement, any day!

Last night it rained.  No, it poured.  And the outer perimeter of clothes got drenched.

Thankfully it’s sunny today and I’m confident that the laundry will air dry again with no damage done. If it had been a wet day today, though, a trip to the laundromat to use the dryers would have been in order. So far, in the past year, we’ve only had to do that once.  Everyone has their “eek, I’m flying to Cuba tomorrow” underwear emergencies every now and then, right?!

Fall can be a challenging season to dry indoors: we don’t have the furnace on yet nor do we get full sun through the patio doors until the last of the leaves have fallen.  So even if I’d put the clothes back in the washing machine for one more spin cycle to get out the excess rain water, I don’t know that the jeans and heavier knits would have dried indoors on their own.  Let me rephrase. I’m not sure that the jeans and heavier knits would have dried before starting to smell like wet dog. I’ve heard that happens (;

Our 10 month total spent on drying clothes is holding steady at $3.