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 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. 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). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!