Will Clotheslines Ever Be Cool Again?

September 6, 2011

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clothesline_photoEveryone knows that clothes dryers are one of the top energy users in a home. Many people think of a clothesline as old fashioned – BUT, there are many advantages to using the wind to dry your clothes.

• Clothesline drying saves you money –AND it is better for your clothes.
• The wind is a great natural freshener.
• The sun will make your colors more vivid, it even bleaches stains and disinfects naturally.

While everyone loves fresh line dried clothing, sometimes hanging your laundry out to dry can leave it feeling stiff or rough. Here are a few tips for keeping your laundry soft.

• Use ½ cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of your fabric softener. It is actually the chemicals in detergents and softeners that react to the sunlight and stiffen your laundry. Don’t worry, you are using a small amount vinegar so your clothes will not smell like vinegar. Vinegar is a great natural disinfect, it eliminates extra detergents in the rinse cycle and prevents static electricity.
• When hanging sheets, towels, and linens, pin them on the line so they form a “bag.” Fold these items across the middle, so the short ends meet. Use clothespins to fasten the corners to the line. Then fasten one side of the sheet or towel to the clothesline with several pins, leaving the other side free. The wind will blow between the layers of fabric, and make it billow out into a bag shape. It is the action of the wind and the fabric rubbing together that produces soft, fluffy sheets and towels dried on a clothesline.

So why not use the wind to dry your clothes? It’s a great way to save money, be green, and give your clothes a fresh scent.

The excerpt above is a green living tip from a Cultivating Life segment produced by Erin Frost for ad/marketing material. Cultivating Life with host Sean Coneway, explored how we’ve all moved out of our houses and into our backyards. Each week, the show celebrated how Americans are reconnecting to the land.