Should You Air-Dry Or Machine-Dry Your Clothing?


In the good old days, there were no dryers. Even when they came along, many people preferred to air dry their clothes on a clothesline outside. Even if you dread doing laundry, you might be wondering which drying method is really better.

There are a few different pros and cons of air drying versus machine drying your clothes. It just depends on what is most important to you! Learn more about which method is better based on different factors:


If you prefer to save time on drying your clothes

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If you want to save time, you should go ahead and use the dryer. Machine drying takes a lot less time than air-drying unless you live in a very sunny region. Even so, it will save you time. Machine drying also helps to remove creases in clothing, and mainly eliminates the need to iron your clothes after. Dryer sheets or dryer balls can help reduce wrinkles too.


If you want to save money

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If you’re looking to save money on your bills, you might want to try air drying your clothes. If you wash your clothes often, your energy bill may rack up quickly. In addition, if you use the dryer a lot, you obviously will have to maintain it and may have to pay maintenance costs.

If you want to save the environment

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If you are very environmentally conscious, you probably want to try air drying. Drying machines release carbon emissions that are negatively affecting the environment. It is completely free and it may actually help your clothes hold up longer. So, if you don’t care about how long it takes… you should try air drying your clothes.

Obviously, if you live in a climate that is very rainy or gets snowy winters, air drying may not be possible at all times. If you want to save a little money in the summer and have space outdoors, give it a try.

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Keep in mind that you should not air-dry clothes in your house. If you dry your clothes inside where it is poorly ventilated, it can create mold and make the air hard to breathe, especially for those with breathing problems. While air drying is generally the best, you should do whatever is best for you and your lifestyle! Dryers are great inventions that shouldn’t be discounted.

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