Get on board! It’s time to save energy and hang your clothes on a clothesline! Some housing developments with a “no clothesline” clause in the covenant are making allowances for this week only. Check with your local HOA to see if yours is one of them. If you can’t string up an outdoor line, you can still use a fold-up rack http://www.wayfair.com/Drying-Racks-C434826.html or put a short line up inside your laundry room.
My mom always hung clothing and bedding out on the clothesline to dry. It just made sense because let’s face it, in Kansas there is wind – and plenty of it! The worst thing that can happen is you end up with bird poop on something – but it doesn’t happen that often. It’s really bad if the bird has snacked on mulberries. They grew wild in the empty lot across the street… yeah.
Of course, the winds of June will not be as strong as the winds of March, but they will certainly dry those clothes and sheets. I have the most fond memories of my mother hanging the wash out to dry. I’ve read other women’s writings about those precious days with their mothers, but my memory includes something that nobody else’s does… I remember my mom getting her basket of damp clothing about halfway out to the clothesline – and then she would always SNEEZE! I teased her to no end about it!
I used to make my mom’s clothes pin holder – the bag that hung on the line. I made them out of my old denim jeans – that were cut into shorts – well, what do you do with the leg part that’s left over?
There are several benefits to line drying your clothes – obviously one is cost. The electric dryer costs money to run, and the sun and wind is free. The sun also whitens whites and will disinfect bedding naturally. It’s great exercise – you have to load your basket with the damp clothes, carry it to the line and bend and stretch as you pin the clothes to the line. Then you reverse the process when you take things down. Add in the folding and putting away, and that’s a day’s work!
Your duds will last longer. When was the last time you cleaned out a dryer vent? I notice especially with towels and fleece clothing – it’s pretty full after the dry cycle is finished. Clothing and especially bedding will smell so much fresher after drying on the line. Line drying also reduces wrinkles – mama used to “snap” things before hanging them – that was to snap the wrinkles out! Was mom smart, or what?
There are no dryer sheets needed, but line drying actually eliminates static cling because there’s no electricity to cause static cling to begin with. The times I helped my mom hang laundry are some of the most peaceful and simple times I remember in my childhood. We had a good time talking and laughing together in the sunshine – I especially liked to tease her about that sneezing… yeah.
A serious benefit of using a clothesline instead of a dryer is the risk of fire! Did you know that clothes dryer fires make up over 15,000 structure fires, 15 deaths and 400 injuries each year? The annual cost in the U.S. for fire loss due to clothes dryer fires is estimated at a whopping $99 million!
It’s really worth considering a more natural way of drying clothes and bedding, isn’t it? I hope one day soon, the HOA’s across the country will reconsider the “no clothesline” clause in housing developments. Sometimes ecology and safety need to come before esthetics. Jus’ sayin… 🙂