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'No Entry' - help combat climate change. Avoid your tumble dryer!

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

'No entry - help combat climate change' - keep your socks and t-shirts away from your tumble dryer.   Did you know this is one of the most energy intensive appliances in your home?

Your challenge this week is to help your parent / carer hang out the washing – so you avoid using the tumble dryer.  Strange but true: your clothes will eventually dry even in freezing temperatures, as long as the air is dry. Can you pick a day when the forecast is dry and see how long it takes to dry your clothes?  If it’s raining, can you hang them on a rack inside?

Can you make a poster to stick on the door of your tumble dryer to discourage other members of your family from using it – ‘no entry – help us fight climate change’ (please check with your parent / carer first).

Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you’ve hung out the washing and avoided your tumble dryer! If you’d like to send us a photo of your tumble dryer poster or your washing hanging outside (no underwear please) then we’ll post it on the Young Climate Warriors website photo gallery.

Laundry dries when water evaporates from your clothing into the surrounding air. For evaporation to happen you need three things:

  • Dry air (also known as ‘low humidity’) – the air around your clothes needs to be drier than the clothes are.

  • Movement – the wind keeps the air moving, so it doesn’t fill up with water (scientists call this saturation) from your clothes.

  • Energy or heat – ideally the sun, but even on a cold, cloudy day, clothes will dry.

If the weather outside is too wet, then try these tips for drying clothes inside:

  • Make space between items so the air can move around them – socially distanced socks?

  • Location is super important – hang clothes in a warm room or by a window.

  • Turn clothes over to avoid damp patches.

Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have helped combat climate change by hanging out your washing to dry and bypassing the tumble-dryer.


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