Before the machines invaded all of our homes that is how laundry was dried, by simply hanging them out on a clothes line with clothes pins. But then came the dryer and it made life easier, for the laundry be dried inside the home whether it was raining or sunshine.
There seems to come a point in everyone`s life when they rethink things and how to make a difference in world, doing their part. Although hanging out laundry is a job lets review the benefits to you for doing this job.
Number one : The first that always comes to mind, saves on the electric bill. Depending on how much laundry you do depends on the savings. For a household of two people and four loads of laundry per week the savings is around $20 per month, that is a yearly savings of $240! This is being green, using solar energy to do the job for you at no cost at all.
Number Two : You also get sunshine and vitamins that the body need from the sunshine, Vitamin D. You soak up vitamin D through your skin so its not a bad thing to hang out laundry, actually it is a good thing.
Number Three : This one may throw you off a bit but I will explain, its good exercise! That is right you get a good work out with each load of laundry that you hang out on the clothesline. With each article of you bend down to get out of the laundry basket you are exercising your abs. With each reach up to pin the item you are working out your arms. With each basket full you lift to take out to the clothesline you are do a squat and using your back muscles. Last but not least, you are walking more to that clothesline.
Number Four : You get that few minutes alone time, to talk to God, or to just listen to the birds singing or maybe for you to sing or hum. As busy as we are today these few minutes can help relax our minds.
Number Five : The smell! there is noting more pleasant to smell that freshly sun dried laundry. I use the "free" products due to sensitive skin so to have that allergy free smell is the icing on the cake for me.
So when you hear about someone hanging their laundry outside on the clothesline don`t forget about all the benefits of doing that rewarding job.
By Andria Perry
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