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For the Love of Hanging Clothes

July 23, 2020

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.

brown padded dining chair

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.

close up photography of brown wooden clip

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