Airing Tidy Laundry

Have you ever considered the phrase “airing dirty laundry”? Gross, nobody does that! And, well, I guess that’s exactly the point. When we speak of airing dirty laundry, we don’t refer to soiled clothes. We mean putting embarrassing, disgraceful, or damaging details about someone ‘out there’ for all to see, read, hear, and talk about. It stinks and is an offense to everyone involved.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Luke 6:45

Clean laundry, on the other hand, is something pleasant to come upon. It is fresh and bright and comforting. If we were to use the phrase “airing tidy laundry” to describe public words, it might refer to open praise and the spreading of good news. And I’m all for that!

Tidy laundry hung between buildings
Photo by Elina Sazonova on

Would you commit to airing tidy laundry in the next few days? Maybe you could post something positive about your spouse on social media, or purposefully compliment a co-worker loudly enough for others to overhear. What other ideas do you have? Bookmark this post so you can easily come back and let us know what you came up with!

Anyone, even royal families, can air dirty laundry. Let’s start a new trend! Let’s speak well of each other and try to outdo each other in airing tidy laundry!

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Ephesians 4:29

2 replies on “Airing Tidy Laundry”

Interesting… I prefer not to air any laundry at all because I never know people’s intentions. Of course that’s a personal preference, but the majority of my private life stays private because of past experiences.


I get that! I also keep my private life private. But I do like to find my husband’s Facebook page open so I can sneakily post something I appreciate about him for all of his friends to see. ;). Even telling my parents about my child’s good report card, but making sure the child hears me do it… I just mean stuff like that! You won’t catch me on Oprah! Haha!

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