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I'd really like to start line drying most of our clothes, but I have a few questions.<br><br>
First of all, can you line dry clothes in winter? We live in Massachusetts so it gets pretty cold in the winter.. not sure how that affects drying.<br><br>
Secondly.. does anyone have some good recommendations for clotheslines that can be taken down easily when not in use? Our yard is huge and wide open, so we don't really have a way to set up a retractible line and have it attach to anything. Personally, I don't mind setting up something permanent, but we live with my parents and they're really concerned about looking like "white trash" (their words, not mine).
 

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I'm loving my drying racks.<br><a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=10742749" target="_blank">http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...1&SKU=10742749</a><br><br>
I'm hoping that by hanging clothes to dry regularly throughout the winter I'll also have fewer problems with dry air in the house.
 

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<a href="http://www.earthlingshandbook.org/laundry" target="_blank">Here are some tips on line-drying.</a><br><br>
In your climate, I'd recommend an indoor clothesline if you have space. Mine is in the basement now (I wrote the above article 3 houses ago!) but I've had clotheslines across the bedroom in the past. You get used to ducking under them...and the variety of laundry adds visual interest to your home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Rather than a retractable line, if you hang the line from hooks (outdoors, put them in porch posts, etc.), rather than tie the line to the hooks you can make a loop in each end that you put over the hooks and then pull off when not in use.<br><br>
There's a type of outdoor clothes drying rack that folds up like a large beach umbrella; it has a bunch of parallel clotheslines a few inches apart. You have to sink a pipe into concrete in your yard to make a stand for it, but that's flush with the ground (and the hole is way too small to fall into) so it's barely visible when the rack is put away.
 

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I have been looking all over for info on indoor clothline! THANK YOU!!!! I have been trying to convince my husband that it would help to humidify our house and make it a little more comfy. I was thinking about putting a retractalbe line in our living room. I am excited now, winters are wet and icky but inside our house is always dry and summers are very dry and warm. I may stick to inside line drying then too. I have horrible allergies, something I didn't think about until I read that article, and we have so many pine trees I imagine our clothes might actually be more dirty afterwards. My daughter will be so happy. She has been wanting to hang clothes up to dry since she saw Mother bear do it, off of Little Bear, the books<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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