Cut out the middleman in your laundry process by ironing damp clothes right out of the washer instead of drying them and then dampening them again to iron them.
Photo by Jason Loper.
Home-centric blog Re-Nest highlights a clever way to save energy and skip throwing clothes in the dryer:
I used to dry my shirts in the dryer, hang them, and then iron one when I needed it. Now I take the shirts directly from the washer and iron them while they're wet. The ironing is actually easier – all the wrinkles press out quickly and easily so the shirt is nice and crisp – and the heat from the iron dries it. Of course, the shirt doesn't get completely dry. The collar and cuffs remain a little damp so I usually hang the shirts from the shower rod, spread out a bit so they can finish air drying, before I put them in the closet. Best of all, when I want to wear a shirt, it's already pressed and ready to go.
You wouldn't "dry" all your clothing and linens this way, but for items that need to be nice and smooth like shirts, skirts and pants, it's a great tip. Between ironing only the things that need to be ironed and hanging up the rest to air dry, you could potentially skip the dryer altogether. Have your own tip or trick for cutting down on the time or energy spent laundering clothing? Let's hear about it in the comments.