Portable clothesline drying tips to save money and keep you safe from germs.
To help protect your family on washing days here are some simple tips to ensure your laundry is hygienically clean using our portable clothes line. Nothing beats air drying with our portable clothesline because the wind and sun work together to create the ultimate all-natural dryer for freshly cleaned laundry, and can provide you with freshly air-dried clothes free from germs.
Take advantage of our portable clothesline since it’s a safer and greener option. Here are some reasons why you should start line drying your laundry in the open air to ensure your laundry is hygienically clean!
Portbale Clothesline Drying tips to help ensure your laundry is hygienically clean
It’s environmentally friendly.
First and foremost, line drying your clothes will save on energy! For many households, the clothes dryer is the second-most energy-consuming appliance, right after the refrigerator. However, by simply switching from using a clothes dryer to air-drying your clothes after washing them, you could reduce your home’s carbon footprint by 1 tonne a year.
It saves your clothes.
Have you ever cleaned the lint trap in your dryer? The lint that is scraped off of a dryer’s lint trap after each load is visible evidence of the dryer shortening the life of your clothes. Line drying will prevent your clothes from withering or shrinking each time and it will also save you the cost of re-purchasing them over time.
It whitens and disinfects clothes.
The sun’s UV rays can be used to disinfect water and damp laundry. When hung dry on our portable clothesline, it even helps to remove lingering stains. More so if your detergent is also a brightener.
It’s gentle on clothes.
Clothes dryers can cause wear and strain on clothing when it’s tossed and tumbled in high heat. Or if it’s exposed to the heat for extended periods of time. Line drying is, obviously gentle since there is no tossing or tumbling of clothes. It’s just the heat from the sun and the natural breeze to kill germs.
It helps you save money.
Air drying your clothes is much cheaper than buying a clothes dryer. Since you save on the energy consumed when drying clothes, you’re actually saving money!
It encourages you to go outside.
Line-drying your clothes means a little extra time in the sun whenever you do laundry.
It reduces wrinkles.
After drying your clothes from pins on a clothesline, hang them up outside and let the wrinkles dissipate. Since the clothes are weighed down by the water, they naturally stretch to their original form, thus removing wrinkles that appear from drying in a crumbled position. This is also beneficial for those who don’t like to iron!
Washing tips to help ensure your laundry is hygienically clean before dryingon your portable clothesline.
If you wash your laundry at low temperatures, you are not alone. Because of the delicate nature of today’s fabrics and in an effort to reduce energy costs, home laundering now tends to be carried out at 30-40⁰C. However, when you wash at temperatures below 60⁰C, bacteria and other germs can survive and transfer between garments in the wash.
During your day-to-day activities, bacteria can build up on items of clothing. The items that are most likely to become contaminated are those that come into direct contact with the body or are used in potentially contaminated areas of the home – these items include underwear (and socks), personal towels, facecloths, re-useable nappies, sports gear, bed clothes, and cloths and towels that are used as part of food preparation in the kitchen.
- For high risk items or at times when there is a greater risk, wash laundry at a higher temperature – greater than 60°C
- Where this is not possible, or if you choose to wash at low temperatures – below 60°C – ensure you add a laundry sanitiser or disinfectant, like Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Sanitiser to your wash to help remove germs.
- Wash items used around food, e.g. tea towels and dishcloths, separately from other items when washing re-useable nappies, remove all solid material with tissue and discard it in the toilet. Wash nappies separately using a prewash cycle followed by a hot wash (greater than 60°C).
- Do not prewash dirty items by hand in sinks or surrounding areas before machine washing, as this can contaminate these areas.
- If you wash your baby’s clothes (excluding nappies) together with your regular household laundry, add a laundry disinfectant to ensure your washing is hygienically clean.
- If a member of the family or your baby is unwell, try to wash their clothes separately with a laundry disinfectant to minimise the risk of spreading of germs.
- Dry laundry on a portable clothesline as soon as possible after the wash (e.g. don’t leave it damp overnight) as any remaining germs may multiply.
- The higher the temperature the better the germ kill. To stop the build-up of bacteria and other germs in your machine, put it on a 90°C cycle (or the highest temperature the machine will allow) once a week. Leave the door and detergent tray open after every use to allow inner surfaces to dry.
- Wash hands thoroughly after handling soiled laundry and again after you hang your laundry on our portable clothesline to be doubly safe.
- Remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Remember to stay informed on the latest developments. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority on how to protect yourself and others.
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