Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mere grønne ting ... More green things

Jeg syntes aldrig at jeg ville hænge vådt tøj op for at tørre.... aldrig. Faktisk, Mads havde ikke en tørretumbler før jeg flyttede til Danmark, men han og hans far købte en så jeg ville have en for at bruge. Nu, hænger vi NÆSTEN alting..... men uanset hvor "grøn" at jeg bliver, nægter jeg at hænge vores undertøj og badehåndklæder. Kald mig stadig.... men hænger 90% af vores tøj er et STORT TRIN for mig! (Især siden jeg brugte en renseri for så meget af mine tøj i Amerika!)
Min farmor som hedder "Meme Rogers" ville være så stolt af mig nu!

I never thought that I would hang up wet clothes to dry....never! In fact, Mads did not even have a clothes dryer before I moved to Denmark, but he and his dad bought one before I arrived so I would have it to use. Now, we hang ALMOST everything....but no matter how "green" I become, I refuse to hang our underwear and towels. Call me stubborn....but hanging 90% of our clothes is a HUGE STEP for me!
(Especially since I dry cleaned so many of my clothes in America!) My Meme Rogers would be so proud of me now!

12 comments:

Amy said...

Drying clothes- GREAT SUBJECT! When I moved to Norway we lived for awhile with my inlaws who didn't have a dryer, didn't want a dryer. So everything was dried outside. The towels got like hard cardboard papers and if the temperature was right the jeans also were as stiff as boards, not good. Horrible feeling and this was before softeners which allowed your clothes to remain soft even if you didn't use a dryer. Now when I dry outside it's usually in the summer or spring, never when it's cold or minus degrees...my dryer is a luxury I refuse to be without in the winter!!!!

LadyFi said...

Good on you! We hang up almost all our clothes (Not socks and undies) to dry in our laundry room on special wires we have rigged across the ceiling.

Stephen J McGinnis said...

I think the transformation of you becoming 100% danish is almost complete

Rachel said...

This post was great...it reminded me, too, of when I visited Mac - he hung a lot of his clothes to dry as well. He used one of those collapsible stands. Anyway, the good thing about hanging your clothes to dry is also they won't wear out as quick from the dryer. So good for environment & your clothes!! lol
But I agree with you & dry cleaning lots of my clothes - I just drop my laundry off w/ the concierge and pick them up next day all dry & clean! lol

Bluefish said...

My family has been hanging our laundry since forever. Now I'm happy Kenneth's apartment has a dryer.

Jacki said...

I didn't have a dryer, either, when I lived in Denmark, so I had to hang everything. It's funny that you mention being green...I never really recycled or conserved much until I moved to Denmark. After living green like that for a year (recycling coke and beer bottles, carrying reusable bags) I am extremely conscience about what I throw away, and how much water I use...

Mom said...

I think Stephen is right - You are now a Dane! If I would have ever suggested to you that you should be more environmentally friendly while living in the US - you would have ignored me. Ha!

LadyFi said...

You guys ought to plan a weekend in Malmö and drive over the bridge from Copenhagen...

KCLC said...

In my apartment in the U.S. I have to share one washing machine and one dryer with 4 other families.
We do have a clothes line, which I use for all of my clothes except my husbands and undergarments and the towels we use after showing. Sorry! Those have got to be soft. Towels I use for cleaning, kitchen etc. I hang up. I am happy to see more of the residents in the complex using the clothes line, considering the dryer vent is right outside my bedroom window and my bedroom pretty much always has a layer of lint on everything.

Make sure you have a lint roller! Which I am sure you do with having furry children in the house!

nettielouise said...

When I stayed with my friends in Germany a few summers ago it gave me a whole new perspective on how silly wasteful we can be...and not even out of laziness...just simply because it's the way we know how to do things. I dried all my clothes on drying racks over there and it was actually easier to me! When I pull my laundry out of the dryer, I drape them all over chairs before I hang them on hangers, so it was almost like eliminating a step! I was like, "...and why don't I do this at home?"

journeyinfinite said...

One Halloween when I was in college, a friend and I dressed up as a clothesline for Halloween. We had brown leggings and turtlenecks, and 2 clotheslines connecting us by our shoulders. Almost EVERYTHING hanging from our line was underwear and bras from all sized members of our families. We went to a party and danced as people did limbo underneath us. It rocked pretty hard, quite frankly ;-)

Mary Q Contrarie said...

Did you know that heat from your dryer is what breaks down the elastic in your socks and underware. They will last much longer if you use a clothes drying racks you don't have to pin each one that way and you can keep your private clothes in the privacy of your bedroom or bathroom.