Today’s topic your clothes dryer!

This may shock you but the first clothes dryer was a rope stretched between two trees and the sun. In 1892, George T. Sampson improved on that simple design with a device that used heat from a wood stove to dry clothes. The electric tumble dryer we’ve come to know and love first appeared in the early 20th century.

Try fitting that into your laundry room!

Try fitting this into your laundry room!

A hand-cranked clothes dryer was created in 1800 by M. Pochon from France.  J. Ross Moore, an American inventor from North Dakota, developed designs for automatic clothes dryers during the early 20th century.

His design for an electrically-operated dryer was developed and released to the public in 1938. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens developed the first electric dryer with a glass window in the 1940s.

Early 1940s prototype electric dryer

Early 1940s prototype electric dryer

Here are a couple more fun facts about the appliance, the average home clothes dryer leaves a carbon footprint of about 4 pounds per use and the average load capacity of a dryer in the United States is 11 pounds.


If we assume a tumble dryer might be used 4 times a week, the CO2 emitted in just one week would be nearly 7.6 kg or 396.7 kg per year (which is the same as a Nissan 4×4 taking a one way trip journey from New York City to North Carolina!)