Miranda @mirandaknows, please explain why Australians hang our clothes to dry

A woman from the United States is perplexed that Australians do not use dryers to dry their clothing.

A woman in the United States asked the internet to "please clarify" why Australians hang our clothes to dry – only to receive some very Australian responses in response.

US @mirandaknows, a TikTok star, shared a video expressing her surprise at discovering that Australians do not simply throw their laundry in the dryer.

“In America, on laundry days, we load everything into the washer and then remove it to the dryer. And then, within 20-30 minutes, everything is dry, and you can simply store it in closets and other storage areas,” she explained.

“Almost every single influencer I see in Australia who does laundry day removes it from the washer and then hangs it up on these drying racks in their home.”

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Miranda, a woman from the United States, was perplexed to learn that Australians do not use dryers. She gained popularity after posing the question on TikTok. Image courtesy of TikTok/@mirandaknows.

Miranda questioned whether this was due to the fact that clothes dryers were "not a thing" due to environmental concerns.

“Is it anything to do with waste or something? Kindly inform me if you live in Australia and do not own a dryer; is there a reason for this?” she asked.

“I really do not comprehend.”

Her video garnered thousands of views, the majority of which came from Australians perplexed that Americans did not air dry their clothing.

“OMG, what happened? America does not have clotheslines... I assumed everybody did,” one individual wrote.

“The real question is why Americans use a dryer when the sun and wind are freely available,” another comment read.

Another Australian said that they hung their clothes to dry because it is "free if you use the sun and it is better for the environment," while another said that they hung their clothes to dry "because we ain't lazy."

“The light, buddy, is the drier. It's free and won't shrink your clothing," one user wrote.

“We have dryers; we simply enjoy the outdoors,” another Australian explained.

Miranda clarified in a follow-up video that while "some Americans" do use a clothes line, "it's not very normal unless you live in a rural area."

She said that she used her dryer and washing machine "one or two times a day" and that it "doesn't really make a difference" in terms of her electric bill.

According to a 2010 BBC report, the majority of Americans lack a clothes line due to "laws enforced by neighborhood associations and landlords."

Michelle Slatalla of the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2019 that “Americans have a reputation for being anti-clothing line,” as she chronicled her own quest to air dry her clothes in the front yard.

Many citizens in the United States may not air dry their clothes due to the restrictions on hanging clothes outside their homes.
Many citizens in the United States may not air dry their clothes due to the restrictions on hanging clothes outside their homes.

The Community Associations Institute's spokesman Frank Rathbun told the BBC that "more often than not, the rules governing associations were placed in place by developers and builders while the communities were being built."

“In the majority of cases, the decision is made primarily on the basis of group aesthetics. Developers and builders are attempting to sell houses, and I believe that the majority will agree that clothes lines distract from the community's overall appearance and kerb appeal, and therefore from sales. Regardless of the topic, curb appeal and appearance have a direct effect on property values and sales. I believe it is fair to assume that the majority of associations have retained these rules for precisely that reason.”

As a result, more than 19 US states now have laws allowing people to air dry their clothing.