By Contributing Writer, Stacy Myers
When we moved into this house, we were tickled pink to find that it came with a clothesline. Having lived in a townhouse in town for 8 years, I was eager to have yard space where I could do things like line-dry and raise chickens. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, livin’ the country life once again.
I grew up on a farm, and I fondly remember my mom and my grandmother putting laundry out to dry every day. There is nothing on this earth that smells better than sleeping on clean sheets that have been line-dried. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Now, I’m following in their footsteps – and isn’t that where most of us find ourselves? Doing the things that we thought our parents were nutso for doing? ;-) The older I get, the smarter my mom is.
So, today I’m going to give you a list of the awesome benefits of line drying. These are things I’ve figured out myself for the most part. They aren’t something I just read in a book – although, I do read a lot of books. I make sure to put them into practice…but in the spirit of keepin’ it real, like I always do, I will tell you that some days I use the dryer because I just don’t feel like going outside to hang laundry. I have no shame.
Now, first let me say that I realize not everyone can line dry outside. Some of you live in areas where the lady in charge of your HOA would fall down and foam at the mouth if you rigged a line outside. In the interest of ladies in charge, please don’t do that to the poor woman. For those of you who can’t dry outside, I recommend a drying rack for indoors…and I use one of these in the winter to dry diapers – and even in the summer to dry diapers on the porch.
Also, there are those of you who say that you live in a townhouse and can’t have a line. Hogwash. I lived in a townhouse for 8 years and Barry rigged a lovely, hide-able clothesline for me. Booya.
Ten Benefits of Line Drying:
For real. Not running your dryer and instead using the FREE sunlight to dry laundry. Yeah…that is a HUGE benefit for us. Some people say they don’t like the “crunch” of line-dried clothes. When your clothing is dry, simply throw it into the dryer for about 5 minutes with wool dryer balls and your problem is solved.
It whitens your whites.
Some of your stuff getting dingy? The sun will brighten those things right up!
It gets stains out. It might take a few sunning days, but the sun does a great job of getting stains out–especially poop stains on your cloth diapers! No bleach required.
It’s good exercise.
I bet you didn’t see this one coming. Up and down my stairs. Arms up. Arms down. Arms up. Arms down. Yep…who needs a workout video? Laundry to the rescue!
Your clothing lasts longer.
This is true…see all the lint in the dryer vent? Do you have that on the clothes line? Line drying is more gentle on your clothing, making it last longer. Another frugal laundry benefit. Hooray!
They smell divine!
I’ve had some people tell me they cannot hang laundry outside because they have allergies. Both Barry and I have allergies but I hang clothing outside without a problem. Maybe it’s just a problem for those with extreme allergies.
It gets you outside with your kids.
Annie LOVES when I go outside to hang laundry. She runs between the clothes – she matches clothes pins by color – she hands me socks. Yeah – that’s good therapy for any doldrums.
It reduces wrinkles.
I have this thing…I like to iron. Yeah, yeah – I know I’m weird. But hanging clothes outside (after you “snap” them) really helps reduce wrinkles! And that’s great for those of you who don’t iron (weirdos).
It eliminates static cling.
I hate static cling. HATE IT. I hate being in church and having my skirt stick to the back of my legs. Not cool…and I’ve tried every home remedy in the book. Line dry and bye bye cling.
It’s environmentally friendly.
Yeah…who doesn’t want to go down this route? Less electricity is better for the environment AND your pocketbook. That makes me giddy.