Summer Laundry Challenge: Part One

Summer Laundry

Recently, a laundry products company approached me about blogging up a laundry challenge here on We Be Shariní. The challenge? Go greener in the laundry department. Here are the details.

The company is Seventh Generation, one Iíve mentioned here before on We Be Sharin, and in order to get the lady bloggers out here in internet land to go greener when laundering our clothing and household items, theyíve provided some of us (myself included)with the following tools:

A portable drying rack, 1 large jug of Seventh Generation laundry liquid, a natural fiber laundry basket with wooden handles, 1 package of wooden clothespins and a flip camera to document a video at the end of the whole process. Thereíll also be a product give away at the end of this project in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

Their recommendations: use cold water for washing, air dry all laundry and use a more planet-friendly laundry liquid.

Hereís how itís going so far: The laundry detergent is working fine. No complaints in that department. The basket and clothespins are fun little add-ons to the project and definitely get the job done of transporting and hanging up clothes. Other than the occasional load of whites or something that needs to be extra sanitized, I already wash all of our clothes in cold water and can completely vouch for the fact that the clothes come out satisfactorily clean and our electricity bill due to water heating is definitely more affordable this way.

Initial snag: I live in the Ďburbs. With an HOA. That uber cool portable drying rack Seventh Generation sent me as part of my project package? Against the fine print. What a drag.† Iím using a retractable covered chord line that attaches to a hook on the inside of my fence, below the top edge where the HOA folks canít see or complain about the fact that I have a laundry line in my back yard. The other side is attached to the house. Not as much space to dry clothes as with the other rack, but I can still dry small loads and put up the incidentals from our day trips to the neighborhood swimming pool.

More in two weeks, as I try to work out all the kinks with line drying in Florida. Itís definitely a different prospect entirely than drying clothes outside on our breezy lakefront property up in Maine. But Iím going to continue giving it a shot.

Photo Credit:McKay Savage


  1. Lisa Overman says:

    How do I particiate in the project? Or are all the participants already at it? My HOA allows the drying racks but not the clothes lines…funny. My solution for a line is a retractable one connected to the wall in the guest bathroom for swimsuits and incidentals.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    I’m not sure if all the slots are taken yet or not. I’ll ask the product rep. You might be able to participate via your Hammock in Paradise blog.

  3. Nickie says:

    We’ve been living this challenge for awhile and didn’t even know it :-) Rainy days and winter make outdoor drying difficult, but we still air dry our clothes by using this round type of clothes drying rack inside under under a ceiling fan.

    One tip is to switch your laundry time to the evening then put the clothes on racks in your living space right before bed to dry 8 hours while you sleep. You’ll have dry clothes in the morning without tripping over the rack all day.

  4. Hi Nickie,

    Yes, the rain is definitely in the way of my success. After low rain for what feels like forever, we’ve been having storms like crazy.

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