11 electrifying reasons to build a clothesline today
2.) Air drying over using an appliance is great for the environment!
3.) Clotheslines protect delicate clothes. Clotheslines prevent shrinkage. Dryers shrink clothes. Big time. Especially anything made of cotton and even the items that were supposedly preshrunk! Silk shirts? Wool sweaters? Lace shorts? Favorite eyelet shirt? All ruined in the great destroyer...the dryer. Bummer. And how about all the tags on clothes that clearly state "hand wash" and "lay flat to dry?"
4.) Fresher, better smelling clothes. Naturally whiter whites. Nuff said.
6.) Dryer friction wears out your clothes sooner than air drying. Forget drying sheets with towels. Washing sheets with anything other than sheets ruins them. Bad and worse. Sheets were made to be hung outside
7.) Towels. Towels alone justify a clothesline. Not just your bath towels either. How about all those pool towels? Right. You can't wash and dry them each and every time you use them in the pool. Especially multiplied by a family of...... well you do the math. But where are you gonna hang them if you don't have a line?
9.) Sun bleaches out stains on clothes, like natural OxiClean minus the price and chemicals. Turn your colored clothes inside out when hanging to avoid fading.
10.) Allows me to hang several loads of laundry at once when I'm backed up. I'm never waiting on the dryer so I can finally throw in another load. The laundry line can handle it all!
11.) Gets the family outdoors for exercise or just gives me some much needed alone time and fresh air. (Am I stretching this too far?!?) "Hey Tom, can you keep an eye on the kids, I have to go hang a load of laundry." And off I go, to read a book. Just kidding. Or maybe not.
Tips to get you started
2.) Choose a site that has lots of sun exposure and good air circulation for flow and quick air drying.
3.) Decide what materials you want to use. Wood or....gasp....metal. Traditionally, clotheslines are made of wood. But we went with metal. It's sleek and chic looking, not to mention takes up less room. It's so unobtrusive that you hardly notice its existence in our yard.
4.) Rope thickness matters. You want a strong rope but not one so thick that you can't clip clothes hangers on it.
5.) Length of the line matters. Make it too long and you will need support in the middle. Tom made some wood poles out of just one 2x4 that we can insert when we need to lift up the line more. Especially when those wet clothes get heavy!
7.) If faded colored clothes is a big issue for you, consider choosing a location (just like you would a garden!) that is in half-sun and half-shade. Use the sun-half for your whites and the shaded half for your delicate colors.
8.) Consider not just having the typical side-by-side lines but also high and low lines. We have a high line for Tom and me and a lower line for the girls so they can hang their own clothes. Not only does this empower them to do tasks for themselves making them more independent, there's also less work for me!
9.) Tom ordered clothesline tighteners online. Amazing idea! These help you adjust the rope. When it sags, you can tighten the line. They also can also loosen the line if you wish. You might want to purchase some for your line! Coming soon to a blog near you... Our step by step DIY clothesline.