Benefits of a Clothesline
I’ve had a clothesline for 40 years. Accessible from the back porch it’s on a pulley that sends the laundry out over the backyard. I have a rack in the laundry room for items I don’t want to put in the dryer like bras and delicate tops. I admit I put underwear and socks in the dryer and only use the clothes line April to October.
I have a clothes line and use it on the rare days that I'm not dealing with so much wind blown sand and dirt in the air that my laundry would go out clean and come in dirty. Meanwhile, and especially in the winter, I use a couple of wooden drying racks in the living room near the wood stove. Dust devils are a daily occurrence here from Feb through late Oct or early Nov. Most summer days see multiple dust devils hitting the house. At least I can open my windows in the late evening through early morning, but not at all during the day!
No thanks I will just have to pay extra on my electric bill. Birds seem to like perching on my clothes lines and we all know what they leave behind, along with the occasional bug or insect. Downey and Bounce ALL THE WAY!!
And not so sweet…as a child living in Arizona the heat was abominable when hanging out laundry, but the “sunshine” smell was great. Now living in Pine, Arizona where it’s a bit cooler than the desert I have just started hanging out laundry and am so happy! Brings back good memories of family…even though it was hot. Saves money, saves heating up the house and the clothes smell like “sunshine” again!
Living in an area where even native species of squirrels are protected and not far from a preserve for protected bird species .... so poo ... lots and lots of poo! (Which carries diseases) I used to love the smell of line dried linens, but not anymore!
Its FUN - I call it my "solar powered clothes dryer" took photos and sent them off to friends it took a bit of a pause then they got it.
Just so those new to clothes lines know, you can’t hang clothes out to dry in rainy weather. But cold dry weather, it is fine. Even clothes that freeze on the line will dry in the radiant sun and in the breezes.
Heh. I too have always line-dried our laundry - in the winter, I hang it on racks in the kitchen, which helps to moisturize the air in the house - but thought you might appreciate an anecdote from a friend in Maine. Whenever a boat docks at the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard for overhaul, the sailors are billeted with families in the surrounding area, and one year, my friend had a young sailor from California staying with her for about six months. On his last evening with them, my friend and her husband took him out for a traditional lobster dinner. He commented on how much he had enjoyed his stay, then asked, "There's just one thing I still don't understand. What is the cultural significance of hanging out clothes on a line?" Being from New Hampshire, I still relish this example of how different life on the Other Coast is!