100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 43 – How to Dry Laundry on a Clothesline

clothesline-1478439Drying clothes on a clothesline saves you money, whether you have a clothes dryer or not. It can also be an excellent way to make your whites even whiter.

It seems like a simple process but there are a few tricks to it that an inexperienced line dryer might not be aware of.

  • Remember to shake out all items before hanging them. This lessens wrinkles.
  • Turn dark colored items inside out to decrease fading.
  • White clothes and sheets will become whiter using the suns’ bleaching power. Just don’t put them out on a windy day when they could collect dust or pollen.
  • Hang stretchy clothing over the line to keep them from stretching out and puckering.
  • Hang wool garments outside if they have odd odors. They release odors easily with an airing outdoors.
  • Hang shirts from the bottom hem, to reduce clothespin marks.
  • Hang pants and skirts from the waistband, to reduce clothespin marks.
  • Bring clothespins indoors to prevent breakage, mold, and mildew.
  • Never line dry down filled items, items that say they should be laid flat to dry, or the clothing of someone with a serious pollen allergy.


Do you have any additional tips or tricks for line drying?

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