CLOTHESLINE Protocol - How to dry your clothes using a Clothesline
Drying Clothes on an old fashioned Clothesline
When i travel out into rural America, I still see homes with that unique antique household tool of yesteryear still in use in many of the backyards.
I'm talking about that simple household tool, the Clothesline.
You know that FREE to USE device, usually hidden away in a corner of your backyard where you can hang your freshly washed clothes. There they can hang and allow the wind and sun slowly dry them without your spending one extra penny for energy consumption.
That's Right, this is a tool you can use for FREE!
No Electric Clothes Dryer is needed to get this household job done!
And, you get the one thing that Dryer and detergent manufacturers have not figured out how to duplicate.
Regardless of the level of research applied to date, or what chemicals they use, they cannot give you that FRESH SMELL clothes get when dried in the open air on a clothesline.
A Typical Clothesline
Clothesline Protocol for Beginners
So, i was going through my email this morning and a friend of mine, from out west, had sent me a funny list of the do's and don'ts of drying your clothes from how he remembered it in his youth.
Looking his email over, I realized that with a little cleanup and some serious additions here, and a deletion or two there, I could document the proper protocol for people who want to save money by drying their clothes outside, themselves.
Here are what I will call the TEN RULES FOR USING a CLOTHESLINE:
Ten Common Sense Rules for Using a Clothesline
Believe it or not, here are ten common sense rules for using a clothesline. They are simple things, but they should be mentioned.
Wash the Clothesline
Always wash the clothesline before hanging your clean clothes on it.
Besides the accumulated dust and debris that might have collected, remember that birds love to sit on things like clotheslines and do their business.
If nothing else, just hold a wet cloth on the line and walk down the clothesline from one end to the other.
Hang your Socks by the toes and never by the Top, especially thise without any elastic in them.
You want the tops to stay even and un-stretched, so always hang socks by the toes.
And always match your wet socks and hang them in Pairs on your Clothesline.
Pants and Slacks
Always hang your pants by the Cuffs and never by the Waist.
Place the Cuff of the two pant legs together and hang the pant to dry with the waist hanging down.
This allows the wind to access the larget waist area and the pockets and dry them faster than if they are bunched up.
Always hang shirts by their tails and never by the shoulders.
Nobody wants to wear a shirt that has the shoulder area so distorted that it looks like you have strange bulges on your shoulders.
Hang your Clothes in Groups
Always hang your clothes in Groupings, "whites' with "whites", "colors" with "colors", sheets with sheets, socks with socks and so on.
This will obviously help you with your sorting and folding later.
Hang your Sheets on the Outside.
For propriety's sake you should hang your items like Sheets and such on the outside line and allow these drying clothes to hide your "unmentionables" that you should in turn, hang on your inside line.
The temperature doesn't matter
When you hang your clothes outside, the temperature should be of no concern.
They can Dry normally or they an "Freeze Dry". Either way, your clothes will still dry properly and not be harmed.
Gather your Clothes Pins
Always gather your clothes pins as you take down your clothes from the clothesline.
Besides looking a bit tacky, they are great toys for the neighborhood kids if they are left there dangling from your clothesline.
Overlap clothes to save Pins
Always try to overlap your clothes when hanging them to save on Clothes Pins.
If you hang two shirts next to each other then overlap the shirttails and use one clothespin for the two adjacent shirttails then you have reduced your clothespin need by one, each timeyou do this.
Clothes Off of the Line before Dinner
Always have all of your sun dried clothes off of the clothesline and neatly folded in a basket, ready for ironing, before dinner time.
This shows that you knew when to hang your clothes to dry.
Besides by dinner time the sun will not be a very efficient drying source at this time of day, and you really do not want to leave them out overnight and have the night's dew falling on them.
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Good Rules and Saving Money too.
If you look at these rules, they really are just common sense, but they still apply if you want to dry your clothes outside efficiently.
And, for you back-to-nature people out there, you probably already know that your clothes dryer is one of the biggest energy consuming appliances in your home.
So, every day that you take the time to go outside and hang your clothes to dry instead of using that power consuming monster in your laundry room, you are not only saving some significant money, you are getting your body and mind outdoors for a few minutes where you can be performing a simple task and soaking up a little sunshine yourself.
Think about it!
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Going outside and using an old clothesline
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© 2012 Don Bobbitt