Most of us have houses full of nifty appliances that make life easier. However, they are not cheap to run and cutting back on using them can save quite a bit of money! The summer months are the perfect time to go back in time and learn the simple but cost effective way of line drying clothes.
To get started first check your local city ordinance or HOA guidelines to make sure hanging clothes outside is allowed. Then decide which clothes line system will work best for your yard.
If you have a big space to work with the traditional long lines and two poles on each end will give you lots of space to hang clothes. If you don’t have access to polls try utilizing trees or deck railing-get creative
If yard space is an issue look into an umbrella style system. Retail they start at around $50 but many times you can find them used on Craigs List for a fraction of the cost. The nice thing about the umbrella style is most of them are removable for when you need to mow the yard, or during winter months.
Once you’ve got your line system set up its time to hang clothes! Instead of fabric softener I use vinegar in my wash rinse cycle-it help keep the clothes soft. I prefer hanging my clothes out first thing in the morning so they’re dry by early afternoon. I’ve also become a pro at making them all fit (socks and dishtowels get pinned on top of jeans and big towels etc).
Some clothing items, like jeans, tend to get crunchy after being out in the sun so some people prefer to throw those items in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up. Even though you may opt to do this-a few minutes of dryer time is still going to save you a lot of money over using your dryer exclusively!
Now if you don’t have a back yard or are not allowed to hang clothes outside there’s still line drying options for you. You can get an indoor drying rack for a reasonable price at most hardware stores. Having two or three of these racks will be able to handle most regular sized loads of laundry. If you have a basement you can also set up a line drying system down there and just hang your line from nails or other basement fixtures. You’ll have to be a bit more creative without an outside option but most people will be able to make it work-just think outside the box a bit
Not only does line drying save you money-there’s also nothing better than the smell of clothes dried in the sun. The sun is also a natural stain remover so that’s an extra benefit of line drying! If you’ve never line dried before I challenge you to try it this summer, you might never go back to using your dryer!