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I live in a small apartment complex in the country, and am trying to find ways of becoming more self sufficient to save money, help our earth, and satisfy this need I have within myself ;-)<br><br>
I am wondering if any of you can pass along websites with info on: container gardening, composting, and any other ideas you have as far as things I can do to be more self sufficient while living in an apartment. We live in a small complex out in the country. This will be my first year trying composting and gardening and am about lost! I have a two toddlers who will be helping and I am so excited to be able to instill these skills in them at such a young age <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also, how do you prevent clothes from becoming so stiff if you hang dry? I use vinegar in my rinse cycle and because it is winter and below freezing outside I hang my clothes indoors. Those of you who don't use a dryer, how do you dry socks without them becoming stiff and too stretched when you wear them? Any secrets to hanging laundry indoors or out?<br><br><br>
Thank you!!!!<br><br>
Sarah in MI<br>
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Hi Sarah,<br>
Well, to answer your question about the stiff clothes - I am a relative newbie at line-drying, and it isn't as cold here in NC. However, I haven't had any stiff clothes. I have been using a LOT less detergent than the package instructions call for. My clothes are still getting clean, I use a lot less expensive detergent, and the clothes aren't stiff. I've read that it is the excess soap that doesn't rinse out that causes the stiffness.<br><br>
The wind outside helps "whip" the clothes to be softer, too. So, once the weather is warmer and you are happy to hang things outside, you might notice it gets better, too.<br><br>
The thing that has helped me the most is spending a few dollars to get a clothesline that I could hang at the right height, plenty of clothespins, and an apron with two big pockets for pins.
 
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