And I am seeing one person using the dryer before, and another after, they hang clothes outside. Is this the exception or normal? Frankly I am afraid that once they went into the dryer I'd move on and forget!
I don't use my dryer except for CD inserts.
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I don't dry on hangers because it leaves our shoulders looking funny, but may work for some people. I think a lot depends on the type of fabric you are talking about too. I also don't like to hang from the bottom corners because it leaves some cotton fabrics with funny marks at the bottom - my neighbor hangs all her shirts that way though. I always hang shirts across the chest - from armpit to armpit with the shirt hung over the line. Any marks from clothespins/pulls on fabric are in the pits so noone every sees!!
JoAnn Married almost 12 years to DH Chris. DS1 01/05 DS2 09/09 DS3 05/12.
Since our space on the line is limited, I generally line dry all linens and non-clothing outside in the bright California sunshine. (All of these are white or off-white in our house.) I toss some of them into the dryer first for a few minutes by setting it for the lowest number of minutes on the lowest heat: towels, rugs, anything heavy and this prevents the crunch factor. Our space is too small to benefit from any breezes. I busy myself with the next load or something else right in that immediate area while it is drying in the dryer for those few minutes. I've tried putting things in AFTER line drying and it takes longer to achieve the same effect.
I still dry our clothing in the dryer mostly. We have a gas dryer and I use the lowest heat on the "least dry" setting (sensor), then hang items over the edge of the basket and/or hang them up for the rest of the dry time. Our clothes last a lot longer this way (compared to all dryer time and higher heats) and we don't get any weirdness on our clothing. I do one load a day usually, so it is easy to keep up with and get completely put away before needing the line and basket again.
I love the idea of growing lavender near the line! I had all of our herbs near the line last summer, but none of the smells transferred. I wonder if you have to walk on it to activate it? Our have to be in pots. Hmmm....
I just line-dried sheets!!!! Takes less time for me than in the dryer and the smell is just heavenly!!!
I don't iron anything in this house! Well, I break out the iron for craft projects and sewing projects...but not for clothes or linens or whatnot from laundry.
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I just thought of another question - can you dry shirts on hangers? I see the advice about putting them on a line upside down to protect the shoulders...what about using a clothing rack and drying them on hangers? I am thinking specifically about my husband's button down work shirts.
I use padded hangers for all of our shirts, even DH's fancy work shirts. I also request the hangers from kids' clothes stores (I use them for my kids' clothes which aren't heavy enough to weigh them down without the pads and cause those pinch marks at shoulder area...) and I have collected enough that I can use those for my boys' stuff. I especially like the pants hangers they use in stores with the the two metal clips, and I can just hang them straight, lengthwise on the line. I hang all of our pants this way! This allows me to utilize more space on the line, and most days I can fit about 3-4 loads out there!
For drying: I bring everything in, throw it all into the dryer and my tip for avoiding crunchiness: throw in a moistened washcloth that tosses in amongst the clothes for all of 5 minutes, and voila! Softened clothes, no wrinkles! Oh, and on the washcloth I may dot a drop or two of EO. Or toss in some sprigs of lavender!
I actually drive by the Amish houses and check out their clotheslines to see their tricks. I've learned to hand jeans by the waist rather than the pant legs because they dry faster.
I learned to install a 4' section of chain and just hand my shirts directly on hangers and then put the hangers through the chains. I tried to just put the hangers on the line, but we have too much wind for that. I was picking up wet, and dirty shirts off my lawn about 5 minutes after hanging them out. That has greatly simplified my laundry procedure.
I also have 2 lines on pulleys and I use both lines. That allows me to separate my clothes as I'm putting them up. The kids' clothes go on one line and DH's and my clothes go on the other line. That lets me put them in the basket in the order I will put them away. I am so much better about doing laundry now that I'm using the line.
If you have a small yard or want to keep the laundry hidden those umbrella hangers are good: tons of line space and they blow around in the wind. They have them at our Home Depot for $40.
Have fun with your laundry!
I personally hang everything inside. Dh rigged up a system of loops of cloth ribbon on our laundry room ceiling. Kinda like a clothes line but tacked up every 2 feet or so. That way I don't need clothes pins and all my clothes don't slide into eachother. I mostly use these loops for diapers and towels. My clothes I put straight on the hangers, and when they are dry I bring them to our rooms and hang them right up. One less step! Although some clothes might get shoulder bumps so watch for that
Another thing I like about line drying inside is it keeps the humity level a little higher, since it's pretty dry where I live. (it's been below zero here since october, and yet we've only had to shovel snow once. )
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I've been staying at someone elses house until we get a house of our own and the towels are super crunchy. I'd like to try a vinegar rinse but I'm getting a two basin washer. Anyone had experience with them? Here's an article explaining how to use it. I was wondering if I could use the vinegar in the rinse cycle? My friends with this type of washer saves the rinse water and uses it for the wash water on the next cycle. Will anything weird happen if I have the vinegar in the wash water?
Any other ideas about super crunchiness? Thanks for your help.
Any other suggestions for good quality, long-lasting indoor racks? I've been drying things inside for a few years now and yet another of those flimsy folding drying racks has died on me. I don't have a basement or dedicated space for this - I just set up racks in our bedrooms as needed. But I definitely need a better solution.
I'd like to stop using the electric dryer. Can you give me your best hints for both indoor/outdoor line drying?
I'm hoping to avoid crunchy towels if possible.
But I have friends that just adore it! To each their own!
So tell me, those of you who use the umbrella line - what kind do youhave, how big is it and what was the cost?
In the winter I dry them downstairs, where we have a fireplace, on dryer racks. That way I figure they put humidity back in the air too.
As for crunchy towels, if you hang them on a windy day they shouldn't be too bad, shaking them, or tossing them in the dryer for five minutes works too.
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talk about something you could charge money for ...
and i also enjoy looking at clothes lined up and drying.
no longer or or ... dd is going on 12 (!) how was I to know there was a homeschool going on?