If I had to pick a favorite chore,
laundry would be it. Not so much the washing part, but
the hanging it on the line part.
For me it is very relaxing and rewarding. Watching
the items blow in the breeze is very soothing to me.
I have put together a few tips and few reasons why
you should try line drying…..
- It saves money and who isn’t interested in that? Dryers use more electricity than any other appliance.
- No need for fabric softener a stiff breeze will leave the clothes soft and whip the wrinkles right.
- Your clothes will smell great, nothing smells better than line dried clothes. It’s the smell of sunshine.
- The sun sanitizes clothes getting rid of any unwanted odors.
- The sun is natural bleach and will keep your whites looking bright.
- If you are worried about dark colored clothes fading, try drying them under a shaded area or a covered porch.
- If you don’t have a covered area to hang colors, try turning them inside out, this will help from color fading.
- You may just find hanging out the laundry is very therapeutic.
- Hang your shirts on hangers (no wire hangers, or your clothes will rust) and then on the line. One less step you will need to do when taking care of them.
- Use a scoop of baking soda in loads with heavy odors.
- You will need to watch the weather, it does dictate when you can do laundry.
- Giving the clothes a stiff shake before hanging will eliminate wrinkles, or use a cup of vinegar in rinse cycle.
- Start your laundry early in the morning to make sure everything has time to dry.
- Hang your clothes in an organized manor. All jeans together and so on, it will make it quicker to take things off the line and get them to the right spot in the closet.
- Wash heavy clothes first, such as jeans, to allow for longer dry times.
- Your clothes will dry even if it is cold outside, they may just take a longer.
- Do not wait until everything in your closet is dirty, do laundry when you have a full load.
- Don’t hang your line under a tree. Birds love to sit in trees, and they will definitely poop on your clean clothes.
- Sheets can be folded in half to take up less space on the line, and will still dry quickly.
- You can dry your clothes inside in the winter by using a drying rack.
- In winter hang your shirts on hangers and utilize your shower curtain rod.
- You wet clothes in winter will add moisture to the dry air and your clothes will dry within 10-12 hours.
- You can also put your clothes in the dryer for 3-5 minutes to speed up the line drying process. This will also pull any lint from your clothes
- If you are under HOA restrictions, many hang a line inside there garage, pull the car out, and open the door halfway. Your clothes will dry and no one will be the wiser to what you are doing.
- Try your hand at making your own EcoFriendly laundry soap.
I hang my colors under my covered porch from my swing frame.
That way things don’t fade from the sun.
Hope you learned some new tips, I’m
off to do a load.