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#1 of 4 Old 05-20-2005, 04:25 PM - Thread Starter
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My husband and I are putting up a clothesline for outside drying. We live in a hot, dry, fairly windy climate, so it's perfect for that. Also, drying clothes heats up our house so much, even drying at night, that our air conditioner has a hard time keeping up with the extra heat. Can't wait to get started!

Anyway, I wondered if any of you have any drying tips to share? I have found some good ones on the Net. I particularly want to know how to dry socks and other small items like that. Is there an easier way to do it than to just pin up each sock?

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#2 of 4 Old 05-20-2005, 05:17 PM
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Dont put your clothes line under a mulberry tree :LOL

As for small items, I have no clue as to a simpler method, I dont care for much for line dried socks and underwear so those things go into the dryer.
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I am in the UK and we dry by wind here most of the time! My tips for lines are - get it out of the machine as quickly as you can. Give each item a good shake and you will avoid too many creases. I hang everything by one edge of the bottom of the garment so that the wind can get in and 'inflate' them.

I use a gadget that you can buy here for socks. I don't know if you have them where you are but here they are sold at markets and pound (dollar) shops. Here's on so you can see it

I separate the socks/underwear/handkerchiefs as I empty the machine and hang this on the door handle so I can peg the socks on as I go. With 5 of us in the house we sometimes have a lot of socks but with a pair on each peg thing I can get lots dry. It hangs on the line - it makes it quick to bring things in when the rain comes (which happens a lot!) At some times of year it is not unusual for us to leave washing out for days at a time until it finally dries! If it is hot where you are, you could put washing out overnight too.

Happy drying!

I forgot to say - I use white vinegar in place of fabric softener and my socks don't get crispy.
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To keep my clothes (and CD) from being rough and stiff, I rub the cloth against itself. It keeps them nice and soft!
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