It is easy! Nothing smells better than line dried clothes. I even enjoy the stiff scratchy towels that come off the line. It is about the same as a loofah sponge.
Clothes lines don’t have to be an eyesore either. There are several kinds available for outdoor and even indoor drying:
- Retractable lines that roll back into their container. Whitney Design makes one for $25, take a look.
- Low tech? Check out a drying rack, these come in a million sizes and shapes from bathtub size to free standing.
- Still not convinced? Think of the energy savings! Imagine your home 5 degrees cooler without a dryer running. Imagine the silence without the pesky tennis shoes banging endlessly on the dry cycle. Ahhh.
- Minimalist clotheslines with twisted elastic cord that don’t even require clothes pins. And of course it is easy to install. You can find these at travel stores and hardware stores
- If you are leaving the line up, get the regular coated clothesline – it will last longer and not mark your clothes. Bring your clothespins inside though, otherwise they get covered with dust, spiderwebs and other bits of undesired “stuff”.
- Radial Clothes driers look like bicycle spokes and offer a lot of drying space in a compact area, usually aluminum & lightweight, these open / close like an umbrella. Crawford-Lehigh makes a deluxe one, you can check it out online. There is a Greenway bamboo radial fold up clothes line for $130 and a basic model for $99 at Target.com.
- Look at Lowes, Best Buy, Home Depot or OSH for more varieties than you can imagine!
I still have such fond memories of the clothes hanging out between the homes in Venice, flapping in the breeze, a bit like prayer flags in more colors and sizes.
Even Palo Alto Online got into action on this idea, here is a excerpt from them:
The following are just a few of the many benefits of using a clothesline:
- Save money. A typical clothes dryer can consume nearly 1,000 kWh of electricity per year for an average cost of $100.
- Environmentally friendly. Clotheslines use less energy and lower your carbon footprint.
- Clothing lasts longer. The intense heat used to dry clothes can be hard on many fabrics. Clothes dried on the line can last longer and they have an appealing fresh scent.
- Healthy. Carrying clothes outside and hanging them on the line is a light aerobic activity. You can enjoy time outdoors and contribute to your good health.
Clotheslines are simple to make, of course; just attach a line between two stationary objects. Clothesline kits are available for purchase at many home and garden stores or online. Retractable clothesline and post sets are also available, which can be moved out of the way when not in use. In inclement weather or winter climates, outdoor line drying may not be an option. In these cases, an indoor drying rack can be used. While not as effective as outdoor drying, it still provides an environmentally friendly option for drying your clothes. With smart use of air-drying, you can reduce or even eliminate your need for an electric dryer.