Last week was a bad week. In addition to everything else going wrong, my dryer broke. And with my ankle not so hot, this was a much bigger problem.
The one thing I wanted for my birthday last year was a clothes line. D did get it for me so while I've been on the mend, the kids have been hanging out the laundry.
I have been loving the smell of the clothes coming in off the line. It smells so fresh and clean.
Today, I told D I wasn't in any hurry to get the dryer fixed. Sometime before September.
There are a few challenges to line drying *everything*
The kids are afraid of stiff undies.
Probably reasons many people are afraid to throw caution to the wind along with the clothes.
There are ways around these problems. . .
That's where my dryer without the heating element comes in handy.
Those stiff items will loosen up if you toss them in the dryer on an air only cycle. Another option is adding vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Running them through the dryer with no heat will also remove excess lint and pet hair.
When hanging pants, pretend like you're hanging them on a hanger...make the crease preserving fold then pin the hem or cuff to the line with the waist at the bottom.
You know what else to hang upside down? Your shirts. I know...it seems like you should hang them from the shoulders, but it's better for the shirts this way.
Use three pins for button up shirts. Overlap the button area and pin that first, then one pin on each side.
Socks can be a problem. Heck, they are a problem when I have a working dryer. With the clothes line, you can kill two birds with one stone: Match the socks and hang them together with a single clothes pin.
One great benefit I've discovered has to do with folding. I have a table next to my line I use for folding. As soon as the clothes are off, I fold them. I have to touch the clothes one at a time; it's not optional. It's so easy with the dryer to just pull everything out in a heap and fold later.
So far I'm really loving the clothes on the line. It's warm enough here in the summer, I should be able to dry up to three loads a day!
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