Since we married, we’ve been drying clothes on the clothes rack. There are only two of us, if we had a bigger family, I’d insist on a clothesline. But this works just fine.
I put it out in the sunshine and go about my business. In two hours, my clothes are dry–and fresh. On rainy days, I leave the racks on the back porch. During the winter, I used to bring them inside the house in Norfolk. It took a bit longer for them to dry, sometimes a day, but they dried. Now, I put them in the sun, no matter how cold. I read a blog (though I do not remember where–was it Green Anthropology?) about a woman who put her wet clothes on the clothesline in the snow. As long as the sun shone and the wind blew, she swore they’d be dry in 2 to 4 hours. I thought that was beautiful!
I do occasionally put towels and sheets in the dryer to kill bacteria, since I only wash in cold water. My man’s energy bill has gone down since he married me! But once I get that clothesline…I’m quite sure the sun will kill any bacteria just as well as a dryer. And who doesn’t romanticize the idea of crisp, white sheets whipping in the wind? It’s one of my favorite childhood memories.
Interesting articles on the clothesline:
- If everyone in the US used a clothesline (greenreview.blogspot.com)
- Are People Who Use Clotheslines Poor…or Frugal? (twofrugalfairfielders.wordpress.com)
- Frugal and Green: Consider the Comeback of the Clothesline (twofrugalfairfielders.wordpress.com)
- Mrs. Money: Air Dry Your Clothes No Matter Where you Live (savings.com)
- Clothesline 101 (critichousewife.wordpress.com)
- Air-Dry Your Clothes Instead of Using the Dryer (19/365) (thesimpledollar.com)
- How I Saved Almost $200 on Our Electric Bill (savings.com)
- Clothesline Ban Leaves UAE Locals Hung Out to Dry (treehugger.com)