Judith Browning wrote:Interesting thought....
I think it's the bouncing around in the dryer that makes them soft though not just the heated forced air?
I don't use one, we hang everything out to dry and in bad weather indoors on a rack.
Might be because I'm used to it, or maybe associate it with line dried clean smelling things, but I kind of like that fresh laundry 'crunchiness'
It does go away pretty quickly with use.
...hanging them out in the wind will do the trick also.
Seems like just folding the bath towels takes away some crunchy?
I do find that using soap nuts make the load of laundry softer in general?
I remember my brother coming home from college after discovering dryers...from then on he couldn't stand to wear jeans or use a towel that had not been softened in that way.....
Pearl Sutton wrote:Solar dehydrator type heat input would work, but the actual space needed to hang clothes far enough apart to dry is a lot bigger than the space needed for dehydrator trays. Two thoughts, that go together here (or three, actually)
1. Look up solar air convection heaters. It's basically the same tech as the dehydrator, only in brings hot air into the house. Using that to provide the heat for any space you care to hang things in would be effective, make sure there is an air flow output if you don't want the humidity in your home or the space you use. A drying shed might be a useful thing to have if you do a lot of laundry.
2. More effective than clothes drying racks that things drape over is a bar that you hang items on hangers, space them so there is airflow, they dry easily and neatly, in a smaller footprint.
3. The crunchy, as mentioned, is lack of movement. When the garment is dry, take it off the hanger and shake it hard, make it snap, and it won't be as crunchy.
I built a 14' tall A- frame that is a lever to tension 4, 35' long lines to hang clothes on. The other end is a cross bar, attached with a ratchet strap to a huge oak. It will hang 5 loads of laundry with about a foot of sag. Solar clothes dryer.
Another great Idea I had was to take the Solar Dehydrator from the 3 of Diamonds in the permaculture deck and make it a water-proof solar clothes dryer.
Put laundry out overnight, wait 24 hours, take it down again, any sunny day will completely dry your clothes from both sides, from the morning sun and the afternoon sun, winter or summer.