8.30.2013

The 'Drying' Game

Warning: If you're starting on this clothesline journey, YOU. MAY. BECOME...THE ENEMY WITHIN!


Its true. If you decide to line dry your clothes, you may seem old-fashioned (which would be okay by me), it may not be allowed by your neighborhood's HOA, condo, or apartment complex, or there may be hurdles that you just don't know how to overcome.  But if you're up for the challenges (mostly minor), your clothes, your wallet and the environment will thank you! 

I installed my clothes line in the backyard a few weeks back. I had one in the house we were at previously, and used it semi-regularly; since we moved I had not used one at all. So some eye-hooks and a new clothesline solved that problem. Now I'm up and running with my high-efficiency wind and solar powered clothes dryer!


Before I started drying outside, I researched it. Though the basic idea is SO simple--hang wet clothes outside to dry--there are some small nuances that I'll share. Many of these tips came from the Non-Consumer Advocate group on Facebook

Smart Tips...
"Hang everything from the waist. Pin marks on shoulders and pants hems will show." -Ann L.

"Overlap shirts and towels to save pins and get more on the line." -Ann L. 

" Make sure you shake them out really well to get the bugs off before you bring them in!" -Monique D. 

"Make sure you keep your line clean, so your clothes don't end up with an ugly line stain on your clean clothes." -Maria F. 

" I dry my shirts on hangers... No need to deal with them twice!" -Jennifer B. 

" Never directly under a tree, or any place that birds roost." -William M. 

"I hang all shirts and pants on hangars - then hang them either on the clothes line or on a pole in the basement. Towels, sheets all go on the clothes line - even in the winter. "Delicates" go on a wooden drying rack hubs picked out of someone's trash. When you don't use a dryer it means extra work. If you only wash what is really dirty - it reduces unnecessary work." -Kelly F. 

*Also, I should add many people commented on the stiffness of towels and sheets that have been line-dried. People either said that they liked it (towels are actually more absorbant than fluffy towels), or that they threw line-dried clothes in their electric dryer for a just a few minutes to fluff and soften. 

Concerning Fading...
"Whites and lights get brighter. Darks and bolds should be dried inside out so they don't fade." -Maria F. 

"Dry in the shade, if you can, so the sun doesn't fade your colors." -William M. 

When outside drying is not a good option for you {because of pollen allergies, rain, temperature, etc} here are a few options...
"I have two lines in my garage. No worries about the weather!" -Carol P. 

*Many people commented that they dry inside during the winter on various drying racks, and it even helps add humidity to your home!

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So what are your tips and tricks? Do you dry on an outside line? What advantages have you noticed?

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