Does anybody out there still hang their clothes outside on the line to dry?

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  1. rutley profile image62
    rutleyposted 12 years ago

    Does anybody out there still hang their clothes outside on the line to dry?

  2. profile image0
    streakxiiposted 12 years ago

    Uhh, definitely! Only in the summer though.

    Just got back from the UK and almost no one has a clothes dryer, everything is spun well in high efficiency washers and then hung to dry inside and out, year round!

  3. DowntroddenInDC profile image84
    DowntroddenInDCposted 12 years ago

    Not outside, but we have a hanging rack we use all the time to help take the burden on the dryer!

    Sometimes, I'll also hang things in hangers to dry.

  4. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
    Jesus was a hippyposted 12 years ago

    In the summer I do. Electricity is so expensive here right now that hardly anyone uses driers. Besides, the clothes come out all wrinkly.

  5. toys-everywhere profile image61
    toys-everywhereposted 12 years ago

    Not my family... Far too many insects and allergens for us to have that luxury.   = (

  6. JayeWisdom profile image88
    JayeWisdomposted 12 years ago

    I haven't had an outdoor clothesline for decades, but can still recall the fresh smell of line-dried laundry from my youth--one of those sensory memories that's lasted a long time.

    I also remember the problems trying to get the laundry dry when it rained for a solid week or was freezing cold and windy. These days, I'm thankful for my time-saving (and "me"-saving) clothes dryer.

  7. cherylone profile image89
    cheryloneposted 12 years ago

    I do whenever I can, however living in a Condo makes it difficult so I open all the windows (in the summer) and dry them on racks.  Makes them smell real fresh and clean, too.  smile

  8. Hui (蕙) profile image60
    Hui (蕙)posted 12 years ago

    In China, people always hang clothes in their balcony to dry. Normally, balconies are enclosed with glass windows. Even so, I still think that is better than dry by machine.

  9. onegoodwoman profile image69
    onegoodwomanposted 12 years ago

    Yes, I do.

    I have not owned a clothes dryer for at least the last 10 years.   But I do value my Maytag washing machine!

    The Arizona and Oklahoma winds are fantastic for drying clothes.

    In the winter months, I often tease my  hubby:   Let them dry outside, and bring them in to thaw!

    Of all the usual and customary household chores, I enjoy laundry the most.   I just like to take care of fabrics.

  10. radhikasree profile image73
    radhikasreeposted 12 years ago

    Yes, I hang my clothes outside on the line during cold season. Sunlight helps get rid of bad odors that they catch during autumn and winter.

  11. jeanniedoe profile image57
    jeanniedoeposted 12 years ago

    Yes I still do hang some of my clothes to dry especially if it is sunny outside.

  12. Horse Feathers profile image61
    Horse Feathersposted 12 years ago

    Towels. I like the way they smell after being out in the fresh air and sun.
    I give them a good shacking before folding to soften then up.

  13. tirelesstraveler profile image60
    tirelesstravelerposted 12 years ago

    I do, and I love it. It is very therapeutic. In the summer on a hot day I can almost dry a load in the time it takes to wash another load. I save $$ on electricity. This is the one area I might help my kids out with laundry.  If they leave a load in the washer they will find it on the line (especially during the summer).

  14. myrtle McKinley profile image62
    myrtle McKinleyposted 12 years ago

    I hang my clothes on a drying rack on my deck.  Our homeowners covenents  prohibit clotheslines in our planned community.   Nothing like the fresh smell of clothes that have been in sunlight all day.  Myrtle

  15. Imogen French profile image86
    Imogen Frenchposted 12 years ago

    Absolutely! I think most people in the UK still do, although they usually have washer/driers, but I don't have any kind of drier, it's such a waste of electricity if you have the room for an outdoor washing line.
    In the winter if it's too cold or wet the laundry gets put out around the radiators on clothes airers.

  16. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 12 years ago

    Yes all the time. Electricity costs money and if there is a breeze, the air humidity is low enough and there is even a bit of sunshine in the winter, clothes will dry. If concrete or stone in a yard appears dry, then the chances are that the humidity is low enough and clothes will loose their moisture to the air.
    In Ireland we can get all sorts of weather during the week so you have to be quick and get clothes in before it rains! The weather radar also helps on the met website to know when rain is coming!
    I use the tumble drier during periods when it rains for days on end or to finish off drying clothes when they are brought inside.

  17. fpherj48 profile image60
    fpherj48posted 12 years ago

    I absolutely do, 9 months of the year, exculding only winter months here in WNY.  Not ALL my laundry, of course, but always the linens and T-shirts, undies....A freshly made bed with crisp linens smelling of the outdoor air (here in the country) is maybe the closest thing to heaven..... I wouldn't ever want to give up my "clothes-line!!!"

  18. athena2011 profile image58
    athena2011posted 12 years ago

    I don't. I use the dryer all of the time instead. However, I have a neighbor who does it every single day.

  19. jonnycuddleberry profile image60
    jonnycuddleberryposted 12 years ago

    yes, I have hung my clothes to try in my backyard as recently as 3 years ago. My entire family did it with me, because our drying machine went belly up. Now, our drying machine works and we don't have to hang our clothes out to dry anymore. I remember foundly when it looked like it was about to rain, and we had to run outside to get our clothes before they started soaking wet again from the rain. Drying your clothes on a line can be risky!

  20. K. Burns Darling profile image76
    K. Burns Darlingposted 12 years ago

    I am very "tag" conscious when it comes to my clothes, and I like cotton, so a lot of my clothes are hang-dry or dry flat.  I also like to hang my comforter on the line after drying it part way it gives it a fresh out-doors scent that you can't get from a dryer sheet.  Because we have three children, two of which are girls who change their clothes many times a day, I will also hang dry whatever is light-weight to cut down on dryer loads and make laundry go faster when it gets backed up.

  21. Cassie Ann profile image59
    Cassie Annposted 12 years ago

    No I do not but remember the smell of clothes/sheets fresh off the line. Maybe someday . . . . .

  22. Neil Horton profile image60
    Neil Hortonposted 12 years ago

    I think the proper way to describe this method in a green term would be to call it a "Solar Clothes Dryer". It is a new technology that should be used to help save our planet. Why pay for electricity with some old antiquated machine to dry your clothes when you can harness the power of the sun? lol

  23. mary615 profile image82
    mary615posted 11 years ago

    Definitely!  I have a retractable clothes line and I love it.  Clothes smell so nice when they have hung in the sun to dry.  They are not as soft as clothes dried in a clothes dryer, but dryers costs a lot to run, and the sunshine is free!


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