I have 5 reasons why I hang my laundry to dry. Well, I probably have more, but these are my top 5, all of them are frugal. The products that I share in this post are much like those I use at home. If you purchase any of them, I will get a small commission.
I have fond memories of visiting my German Grandmother and watching her hang clothes on a line that stretched from her bedroom to her kitchen window.I grew up watching my Mother hang most of her clothing on a line of some sort. I have hung my clothing out to dry for many more years than I care to remember! Even my 24 year old daughter hangs her clothes to dry.
I currently live in a neighborhood that has an HOA. One of the rules is that you can not have a laundry line. I wasn’t about to let that stop me! I researched the rules and found out it said you could not have a “permanent” laundry line.
So, I put on my thinking cap to find a solution. I looked online and found an umbrella clothesline. Much like the one from Amazon. I dug a hole in the ground, inserted a 6 inch length of PVC pipe and cemented it. Now I have a place to put up my line when I need it. When I am done with it, I store it away in my garage.
I also have a couple drying rack. I usually hang sweaters and delicates on them. They also come in handy when it is raining outside.
I hang slacks and dresses in the laundry room, in the bathroom on the shower curtain or in the garage on the garage door track. There is always a way to dry your clothes without using a dryer.
My 5 reasons for hanging my laundry to dry:
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5.) Save electricity – I am no mathematician, so I won’t even try to figure this out. According to Home Guides, the average dryer cost about $.25 to $.75 per hour to run. Of course this depends on make/model and cost of electric.
4.) No static – clothing doesn’t rub together, therefore no static
3) Whitens the whites – Sun bleaches. We all know this. My whites are hung in the sun all day long.
2.) Easier to iron and clothes smell good – drying clothing in the dryer will eventually take the permanent press finish out of them, thus making it harder to iron.
1.) Main reason – saves on the wear and tear of my clothing. The lint you clean out of the dryer trap is actually part of your fabric wearing down. The tumbling is hard on your seams, plus clothing can shrink. I pay good money for my clothing and I want it to last. Many of my slacks have been around for 5 – 7 years!
I will admit that as much as I like to hang my clothing to dry, I don’t hang my towels or bedding. I want them to be soft and fluffy!
Here are a few tips on how to hang your clothes:
- Pants: Match the inner leg seams of pants, and clothespin the hems of the legs to the line, with the waist hanging down.
- Shirts and tops: Shirts and tops should be pinned to the line from the bottom hem at the side seams.
- Socks: Hang socks in pairs, pinning by the toes and letting the top opening hang down.
I have heard a few other reasons people like to dry their clothing on a line. Do you dry your clothes on a line? I would love to hear what you think the beneftis are. Please leave me a comment below and tell me what you do to save wear and tear on your laundry.
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