Monday, October 26, 2009

Tips for Freshly Ironed Sheets and Saving Energy

When weather permits, we save energy by letting the wind iron the sheets for us. These tips can help you save energy and get the same results at home.

  • Whether you will be ironing them by hand or by wind, always wash your sheets on the lowest spin setting. The higher the spin setting, the more wrinkles are set in even before drying.

  • When you remove the sheets from the washer, they will be heavier but consider it a little arm exercise!

  • You definitely want to fold the sheets while they are wet and before you go outside, or the wind won’t let you. Place them in a basket – we call this letting the sheets rest. Some of the wrinkles will come out through this simple step.

  • While the sheets are resting, make sure your clothesline is tight and you have plenty of clothespins. Otherwise the weight of the wet sheets will cause the line to sag. Overlap the ends of sheets if you only have one clothespin on each end.

  • If your linens are really wet on a windy day, the wind should take out all the wrinkles. On a good day items can dry in just twenty minutes, but as it gets colder outside, it will take longer.

  • If you are taking the sheets off the line on a windy day, let the sheet blow away from you and it will be easier to fold.
And if the weather doesn't hold out, we recommend taking the sheets out of the dryer while they are still slightly damp before ironing by hand. When the wind doesn't do the work for us, my mom, Jean, makes sure that all the sheets are pressed and ready to go on the beds.

(Our dog, Lola, likes to help too.)

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