Posts Tagged ‘drying clothes’

Remember The Clothesline – Frugal Challenge

Monday, May 31st, 2010

My friend Patti Winker over at has been reminiscing about clotheslines and the way that sun and wind dried sheets make a person feel.  So, I thought I’d chime in with my own thoughts about clotheslines and drying clothes naturally.

I’m bringing back a post I did some time ago, and judging from the comments received on this topic, you are just as passionate about drying your clothes in the sun as I am. As a matter of fact, you’ll see clothes on my line just about year round!

It’s disheartening to know how many people are prohibited (by their landowner’s association) from drying clothes outside.  It’s a shame because this can be one of the great money savers in a household, not to mention an energy saver for our planet.

I hope you enjoy this post I’ve resurrected and please feel free to voice your opinion or share your tips about line drying your clothes.

clothesline web sizeIf you’ve been watching some of the headlines these days you’d think a war had been declared on clotheslines. And, you may be right. In many parts of the world, especially where there are homeowner associations, laundry left billowing in the breeze could send you to the courts.

Granted, no one wants to gaze upon tightie-whities or bloomers flappin’ in the wind right out in plain view, but a discretely placed clothesline with discretely placed undergarments should not be causing the sort of alarm that is apparently being raised. We all know how to pin up our unmentionables behind our lovely sheets and towels. If we can all follow certain clothesline protocol, then what’s the problem?

The problem is that some folks agree to association rules and then, when the power bill gets ridiculous and the planet needs saving, decide they want to do something to help.  So, what are frugally and environmentally minded folks supposed to do?

There are a few alternatives to stringing a clothesline between two trees in your front yard or installing full-out clothesline poles.  For instance, a portable clothesline may work. An inexpensive folding clothes rack can suffice for drying at least some of your laundry.  Another option may be a retractable clothesline that you attach to the side of your garage or house, pull out to hang the clothes, then retract when not in use.

Hanging your clothing inside on hangers may be an option.  If your air conditioner or your heat is running you actually have a pretty good little drying system inside already.

A simple option is to buy an inexpensive tension rod, the kind that you would hang a curtain on, and position it in a door frame where you have good air flow between rooms. Hang some items there and you’ll be surprised how fast they dry. Remove the rod and put it away for the next load of laundry.

Another option is a small retractable clothesline attached above the door frame in the bathroom and run across to the tub.

My challenge for you today is to find an area outside of your house, apartment, or condo to hang a few clothes. If you can’t possibly find a spot, set up drying areas inside your house to accommodate at least a few items every washday. You’ll be thrilled when you find your clothes dry and it didn’t cost you one extra penny.

Frugal Challenge – Ditch The Dryer

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Ready for this week’s frugal challenge? Here it is…

Creative Commons License photo credit: Risager

A few days ago we talked about how much you can potentially save by not using a dryer. So here’s what I’d like you to do this week.

If you can don’t use your dryer at all this week. Take a few minutes to string a piece of line, rope or yarn between two trees or whatever you can come up with to dry your laundry.

It shouldn’t take you much (if any) more time to hang your laundry up then it does to stick it in the dryer, supervise it and then take it out.

If you don’t have the room, or simply aren’t home long enough during the day to keep your laundry out (and it might rain), find at least 3 loads of laundry that you can dry without your dryer.

Get creative. You can dry towels and sheets over your shower curtain in the bathroom. Hang shirts on hangers and hang them on a clothes rack, your shower curtain rod, or even on the trip of your door (while leaving the door open of course).

Smaller items like shorts, underwear and bras can be draped over chairs to dry. As can pants and jeans by the way.

Do what you can and report back on your experience. You might just find that living without a dryer isn’t as hard as you may have thought.