If you’re in the Phoenix area, your electric bill skyrockets in the summer months thanks to running A/C all day, every day. But if you’re in my home state of Michigan, for example, it might be higher in the winter months. Regardless if you’re in a hot or cold climate, everyone wants to save money on their electric bill.

And here’s way guaranteed way to do that: hang dry your clothes.

Why You Should Hang Dry Your Clothes

In addition to saving money on your electric bill, air-drying your clothes will extend the lifetime of your garments because there’s less wear and tear as they tumble in your machine. So not only do you save money on your electricity, you’ll probably end up saving money on buying new clothes too. Another benefit? No more static cling!

I know what you’re thinking. “But Kelsa, clothes that are hung dry are so stiff. They’re uncomfortable. You’re ruining my life!” Ok, maybe that’s a tad bit overdramatic. But you get the point. No one wants to wear uncomfortable clothes all day long.

How to Deal with Stiff Clothes

  1. Hang dry your clothes completely.
  2. Each morning, take the clothes you plan to wear that day and throw them in the dryer with a damp rag for 5-10 minutes.
  3. The heat from the dryer and the moisture from the rag will steam your clothes fluffy.
  4. Boom! Done. You just saved money on your electric bill.

Now instead of running the dryer for hours each week, you’ll only run for a few minutes each day at the most. It’s a win-win. You save money on your electric bill, and you use less electricity so that’s good for the environment.

Give it a shot and let us know what you think. Have you been doing this for years with great success already? What are your clothes drying tips? Let us know in the comments!

If you want more clothes-drying tips, Better Homes and Gardens has a great round up here.