I think everyone should have a clothesline. There are so many varieties to choose from. Ones that string from tree to tree, umbrella-shaped ones, folding framed clotheslines, T-posts, wooden drying racks, clotheslines with pulleys, and retractable ones. Anything that will work for your current living arrangement will be acceptable.
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Clotheslines never go out of fashion. They have so many benefits. They’re good for the environment. They cut electric use. You can save a lot of money drying your clothes this way. And, they can help you relax and relieve stress. Another benefit of drying your clothes outside is that the sun is a natural antibacterial and deodorizer. Not only do you save energy, but your clothes are clean and smell great. And it’s more gentle on your clothing.
I remember all the clotheslines that my mom and my grandmother used. I loved my grandmother’s – she lived in the city of Brooklyn, NY and had one in her small backyard that attached to her house. It had a large pulley on it and it spanned from her home to the backside of her property. I loved hanging clothes as you could stand on her backyard stoop and hang each item and then move the line to the next empty spot.
Some of the first clotheslines I used often had to be reinforced as the weight of the clothing would loosen the stakes in the ground. One of my favorites was a clothesline that had been stretched onto a covered porch on the front of a 200 year old cape. There were four lines tied across the porch. They were sturdy and I was always able to fit several washes on them.
I now have an umbrella-shaped clothesline for which I can hang about three loads of clothes at a time. I feel a sense of peace outside as there is no sound except the singing of the birds. I really enjoy the days I do laundry. And I hope you can also! So enjoy the money-saving benefits, the natural drying and cleaning process, and your time for peace and quiet.
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I hang everything up to dry! Dryers ruin textiles anyway 🙂