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Line Drying Inside With a Foldable Clothes Rack


Line Drying Clothes Inside With a Foldable Clothes Drying Rack

I hate to say it but it’s that time of year again when our clothes are inside on the foldable drying rack. It’s been cold, rainy, and snow is predicted for next week here in Michigan.  I’m thankful to have a method for drying inside without turning on the electric dryer. I have two of these racks and each one holds at least one load of laundry each. I don’t know why I don’t like drying our close in the standard dryer but I don’t. I prefer to line dry them outdoors but I make do in the winter months. It even helps add a little moisture to the dry air.

Line Drying Clothes Inside With a Foldable Clothes Drying Rack

I feel like we Americans wash and dry our close too much and by doing that it weakens the fibers and we have to buy things more often. I don’t get my close actually dirty like my hubby does so I always try and wash mine in cold water and use a quick cycle. Speaking of washing close. I purchased a new Speed Queen washer last week and it will be delivered tomorrow. The warranty expires on my current washer December 1st and you know how that goes; the minute it no longer has a warranty things start to go wrong.

Line Drying Clothes Inside With a Foldable Clothes Drying Rack

The last 3 washers I’ve owned were the new fancy type. You know the ones that do everything you can think of except get clothes clean. Well I’d had it and told hubby a few years back that the next washer I bought would be old school. I wanted to turn a dial rather than have a computerized menu bar and determine the amount of water that filled the drum.

Line Drying Clothes Inside With a Foldable Clothes Drying Rack

What the heck is with these water saver washers anyway? It makes no sense you need water and soap to clean things and recycling the same dirty water just doesn’t work in my opinion. So I’m going back to a smaller drum and a washer without all the bells and whistles and this one comes with a 10-year warranty. Every person I know that has a Speed Queens says it will last 25 years plus. Now that’s the washer for me.

Line Drying Clothes Inside With a Foldable Clothes Drying Rack

Our oldest sons house will be done here soon and he’ll be moving out so I’ll have even less laundry to wash. So for hubby and I it’s a good choice I believe. Who needs a washer that can make a call itself when it experiences an error code? Not me that’s for sure! If you know me I’m a laundry stalker according to my family. I like to know what it’s doing and how long each cycle takes. I never knew I was so obsessed with washers until they pointed it out (te-he). I sure hope I enjoy my new Speed Queen; laundry is my favorite chore!

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  1. Nancy Picthall-French says:

    I also hang our clothes outside here in New Hampshire, but now that the weather is cool and rainy, they hang up inside. We have a pellet stove in the living room and I actually have lines for drying next to it. Everything dries quickly, and I don’t mind having the clothes drying there once a week. We moved into our log cabin in 1983, and I still have the same washer (no dryer). It has a few quirks, but still works.

    1. Nancy, I did the same when we had a pellet burner. Clothes were draped over the racks right in front of it and wow they dried fast. Good for you getting so much life out of your washer, that’s amazing. What brand is it?

  2. I bought a Speed Queen pair, this summer. Ditched the HE washer when the dryer died. I know so many people going back to Old School agitator washers. The HE washer didn’t remove the dog hair from the dog towels or cover sheets. Finally, almost fur free.

    1. Cheryl oh thank you for reaffirming I purchased the right washer. I agree with you the new HE washers are horrible. I actually can’t believe more people aren’t’ catching on to how bad they are. I see bloggers posting their new HE’s all the time and wonder how they truthfully like them.

  3. They still sell some good top loading agitator washers. I have a fairly new one and have been more than happy with it and will go that route when this one is worn out. I will have to disagree about drying clothes on racks in the house. We were very poor when I was a child and in the winter there were clothes drying absolutely everywhere on racks and on whatever was available in our very small, 4 child home. I swore that when I was grown, there would be no more of that. It was like a horror movie all winter long. I try to save electricity in other ways, but no more ghostly, empty clothing “hanging” around.

    1. Pat, LOL I can just see clothes hanging everywhere. Fortunately our home is big and each person has a rack in their bedroom where no one sees it. I guess I don’t want to look like the pioneers and have laundry lines running the length of our home.

  4. I just got rid of my “brainy” washer and went back to old school and I am sooo happy I did! I like telling the washer how big my load of laundry is-not the washer deciding for me!

    1. Diane, I agree mine did things that no washer would ever need to do but for some reason actually getting clothes clean was not one of those things 🙁

  5. You will love your Speed Queen! I have a farmer husband and four farm boys and went through two front loaders before I purchased my Speed Queen. I’ve had it for three years now and wouldn’t trade it for any front loader!

    1. Verna, My repair man said talk to a framers wife she’ll direct you to a Speed Queen every time. Well that’s you and he was right. I’m so happy I’ve went with a Speed Queen and can’t wait to use it.

  6. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    The washer and dryer I’m using at my dad’s house are probably 35+ years old and do a great job. I do miss hanging my clothes on the line like I do at home when it is warm enough. The smell of clothes fresh off the line is amazing!! Old-school washers that can be repaired instead of needing to be replaced are the best. Old washers/dryers/refrigerators were built to last 25+ years and were easily repaired. Too bad they just make them to last less than 5 years and it costs more to fix them then to just buy new. The old ways were definitely better!!

    1. Susan, I agree things are made to be replaced now days not fixed. I do always recycle my old appliances so their not in the landfill but the cost of replacing them is pricey all the time.

  7. I have an old washer & dryer that were in a house I bought in 2004. They were old then. My son’s girlfriend asked me when I’d know it was time to get a new set… When the man who fixes my appliances tells me it can’t be fixed any more! He was here today & had my dryer fixed in MINUTES!!!

    There was a newer set here when we recently moved into this house & I exchanged them to the home I sold & brought the old ones here. They old washer has a much larger capacity than the newer one.

    I like my sheets dried on the outside clothesline but only hang a few things otherwise.

    1. Jeannie, I agree the older ones were made to outlast what’s on the market today. I even think the news ones are seldom fixable, it’s cheaper to replace them. So far I’ve replaced mine every 4-5 years and that’s crazy.

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