Dear Clothesline....I Love You
A couple of days ago I was reading a post by Birdman about hanging clothes out on the line to dry. Each day, since the chiclets and I have been off for summer break, clothes have been on our line. I think there are two schools of thought on this practice. Some, eco-minded folks, like the option of using less electricity for this daily chore. Others prefer that fabric softener scented clothing that comes straight from the dryer.
I have become one of those eco-minded folks who like using less electricity. I also like that our clothes come from the line smelling like no fabric softener can make them smell. Sheets and pillowcases from the line are my personal favorite.
Hung correctly, clothes can also have less wrinkles. Hang pants from the waistline to allow the legs to hang freely. Pin shirts upside down, or at the bottom of the shirt, to avoid clothespin marks and allow the wrinkles to literally fall out. Hang dark colored clothing inside out to avoid fading and allow white clothes to stay right side out and get the bleaching effect from the sun.
If you feel like your clothes are not soft enough after hanging on the line, make sure you give them a good shake, (so you get that snap), before pinning them on the line.
Clothes that are line dried have a much longer life than do clothes that are dried in a dryer. That lint filter is actually full of fibers from your clothes..... The heat can also damage elastic as well.
I admit that all I learned about drying clothes on a line I learned from my Gran Lucy. She taught me well....even if my kids do complain that our towels feel a bit crunchy from time to time.
Do any of you line dry your clothes?