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This summer I've fallen totally in love with my clothesline. My electric bill is dramatically lower since I've started using it religiously. I get to be outdoors often (okay, not always a great thing in Midwest heat & humidity), it's made me more aware of how much clothing we wear in a few days' time, and made me a better housekeeper. I like having to strategize the timing of my loads, so that one has enough time to dry before I put the next load in - it's like a little game!!<br><br>
I have three clotheslines in my basement, and one across the backyard. So this winter, I want to be able to keep using my outdoor line - but is it practical? I know that women have been using clotheslines longer than dryers (duh!) so clothes MUST freeze dry outdoors, right? I remember reading Little House books when I was little, and they talked about bringing in frozen clothes from the line on wash day. DH swears that clothes will not dry when it's below freezing outdoors, but I think they WILL dry - just take longer.<br><br>
So, do any of you have experience drying clothes outdoors during winter? Any tips you'd like to share? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I asked about this a little bit back and the consensus was that the clothes WILL dry. It just takes longer. There were also tips about being careful when you take things off the line because sometimes they're so brittle they will break! lol So, lay them flat until they thaw out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm sure more experienced ladies will have more to say though. =)
 

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With what our temps get down to in the winter I won't hang then. I'm not standing outside in -40 temps to hang it.lol<br><br>
Our neighbors did hang theirs in the winter. I don't know how long it took to actually dry the clothes but they were often left out there for 5-7 days before they brought them in.
 

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You can always hang them in the house. There are racks that hang over doors and such. Anyways, if you are running the heater at all it will help keep a little humidity in the house. Most people I know dry inside in the winter.
 

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They will dry eventually. I actually find a few degrees above freezing to be worse than a few degrees below freezing because it's much less humid once things freeze.
 

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I've had awful luck line drying in the winter in the midwest. I'm in an apartment, so I'm using a rack on my deck -so I can't even count on direct sun as there is a deck on top of mine in addition to our limited winter sun in general. I can only imagine rack drying is slower than line drying in general (less circulation). I don't have enough time to allow 2+ days for drying and thawing.<br>
If we are using the heat I will put my rack over the floor heating vent and that works well.
 

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Outdoor drying would not be practical for me in the winter, as we don't have enough clothes to have some out of circulation for so long. I also line dry in the basement, and have 3 drying racks. The racks were an expense, but I still think I am ahead as opposed to using the dryer. I also see drying racks all the time at garage sales. Clothes washed and hung indoors to dry are ready the next morning.
 

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I'm so happy that my new place has a little "laundry room" (ok closet) and a line off my back deck! I love it! It's the first time I've really line dryed! I'm sure it's saved some money off my hydro bill. I'm new to this place so I'm not sure really.<br><br>
I also loved the Little House books as a child! I'm going to keep an eye out for the set and read them again!!!
 

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I've dried outside in witner, but prefer to do it inside because we have forced air heat. Drying inside adds humidity to our insanely dry and irritating indoor air <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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