As you may already know, I am a staff writer at 7 other blogs on a weekly, biweekly, and bimonthly basis. I staff write for Bargaineering four times a week. I have found that the readers at all the places I blog are similar to my readers EXCEPT for some at Bargaineering. I seem to tick them off with my non-frugal ways. I really try to not mention certain things so I don’t get fired, but sometimes I slip.
My Dryer Slip Up
Case in point, I just wrote a post about Business Clothing on a Budget and had two little, no thought lines in the last paragraph,
…To keep my blouses and slacks unwrinkled, I hung them immediately after the dryer was done with them. For the more fragile fabrics, I hung them when they were still damp in the hall closet to dry.
Did anybody zero in on my fragile fabric line? Nope. But a few people did notice that I use a dryer and kindly explained to me that I shouldn’t. Well, mostly kindly.
What’s Wrong with a Dryer?
Here’s my question, why attack the dryer? I understand it uses energy, but so does my refrigerator and nobody has told me to unplug that yet. How about coffee makers? I don’t drink coffee, so can I bank those credits to use for the dryer instead? What about the washer? If we all washed our clothes by hand, I am assuming we’d save a ton of energy, but nobody seemed to care that I use a washer. So, why is my dryer usage, specifically, annoying people?
This is a real question. I do not understand. I will admit that even if somebody explains it to me, I truly doubt I will ever line dry. BUT, if it’s a good reason, I do promise to stop rolling my eyes.
Why I Don’t Line Dry
And since somebody will ask, here is why I do not line dry:
- I don’t have room in the garage or house, so that leaves my back yard.
- The back yard is full of dust and pollen and humidity (I live in Houston, TX). Even if I wasn’t asthmatic, it seems silly to wash my clothes just to set them outside to get dirty.
- Naturally dried clothes are stiffer than dryer-dried clothes. I don’t like scratchy clothes.
- I do not want to spend time hanging clothes to dry.
- BIG REASON – The dryer is faster.
There you go. I use a clothes dryer. I know a dryer apparently wears out clothes faster, but I am okay with that. It’s worth it to me and I need to force myself to buy new clothes once a year or so anyway just to keep wearing correct sizes.
Now I just have to avoid bringing up bottled water at Sustainable Personal Finance… 😉
Do you use a dryer? Do you avoid them like the plague? Why?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!