We all love our electric and gas clothes dryers, but when the weather is pleasant and bright it's a great time to take advantage of the most natural way to dry our clothes — outside. Not only does it give your clothes a refreshing feeling, it saves tons of energy. And if you love the way your clothes feel after drying them on the clothesline, you can even find some remarkable places to hang them inside!
Begin with a good quality clothes line, and have the lines very tight so that your clothes won't make the line sag when you hang them. Every month or so, take a rag with a pine oil solution and warm water and wipe off the clothesline. Decide the frequency of cleaning by where you live and how much exposure to bugs and birds you will experience. Make sure that your clothespins are snag-free and clean, also. To clean your clothespins, place them in a mesh bag and swish thru warm sudsy water, rinse, then hang on the line to dry.
Air-drying is easier on your clothes. Laundry machines toss clothes around, causing wear on the seams and sometimes snagging things with zippers. If you use a washer and dryer, you subject your clothes to twice as much tumbling as you would if you used only a washer.
Air-drying can reduce wrinkles. If you remove clothing from a dryer immediately and hang or fold it, most items are relatively unwrinkled; however, this requires careful timing. Clothes that have been properly hung for air-drying will dry in the right shape, virtually wrinkle-free, and will be waiting when you're ready to get them. To even further evade wrinkles, add Downy® in the wash.
Air-drying eliminates static cling. Electric dryers produce static electricity by rubbing clothes over each other repeatedly. Avoid this process, and you'll avoid the static! You'll notice that air-dried clothes feel a bit stiff at first. All you need to do is add your favorite Downy liquid fabric softener in the wash for not only great softness, but for your chosen scent preference.
It's free! If you use coin-operated laundry machines, you know that dryers account for at least half the expense. If you own a dryer, you're paying for extra electricity and repairs.
Out to dry - the benefits of line drying