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Old 04-13-2011, 12:08 PM   #1
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I've started hanging our clothes out to dry but they are so crunchy. While I love the fact that we're saving money and going green, I just can't stand the crunch. Any advice or tips?

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Old 04-13-2011, 12:17 PM   #2
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You get used to it after a while. Seriously. That's the only solution.

Well, ok there might be a few others.

Overlap the clothes a bit on the clothes line so that on windy days they sort of beat against one another.

Use vinegar in the rinse cycle as a softener.

Do not leave them out in DIRECT sunlight if you want them soft. This results in the moisture evaporating so quickly that the clothes end up very crunchy. A bit of shade is best and dries them at a slower rate.

Shake them out after you take them off the line. This softens them up just a bit.

For items that you definitely cannot stand having a crunch factor, try drying them indoors with a drying rack.

But honestly, my crunchy towels are the best and dry me off much faster. And I feel like I'm exfoliating my skin a bit more.
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I think it's just something you have to get used to. Towels and jeans are the worst. I dry them on the line and then "fluff" them for a few min in the dryer to remove the crunch. Put a damp dishtowel in the dryer when you fluff them, it helps.
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The dryer! I know how counter productive that sounds, but if you toss your clothes/linens/diapers into the dryer for about 15 minutes, especially with dryer balls (or even tennis balls), it REALLY softens them up! I do it after they are dry, some say put them in the dryer first. HTH!
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I am finding that vinegar has been helping with the crunch factor. I also use the dryer for a few minutes to fluff. There are some things my husband won't compromise: static and crunchy jeans/towels. I agree with a PP, I like the crunchy-ness of the towels, they absorb water much better, and it invigorates my skin. Took a bit to get used to though...lol. I also learned some good tips for hanging...so thanks for the post!
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We've been exclusively line drying since we moved into this house last year since our dryer wouldnt' fit and we had to get rid of it. I used to mostly line dry outside at the old house anyway. It is something you just get used to I suppose. Towels are the crunchiest but honestly, even that isn't much of a big deal.
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I've found with cloth diapers that if I am on it, I can catch them in the window of being dry but not too dry, I can avoid the crunch.
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Thanks ladies, how much vinegar are we talkin'? The dryer isn't an option since ours in currently not working. And our backyard is full sun, they dry so fast but feel like foil!
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Yes, I'd be curious to find out how much vinegar people use as well! :-)
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I usually use about 1 cup of vinegar in the softener rinse cycle.
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