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Does anyone else hang clothes on a line to dry?

The fresh scent and the money I save are my reasons. Anyone else?

tioteo 8 Apr 28

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Here in Thailand, I throw my clothes in a big plastic basin in the shower area, fill the basin with water, add a bit of laundry soap, stir with my foot, let it all soak for 20 minutes, then walk on it again, dump out the water and rinse.

I then throw the clothes over a rack to drip dry in the big shower area. After about two hours I put the clothes on hangers, inside out, and hang them on the balcony to dry on a horizontal PCV pole suspended near the balcony wall.

On a sunny day, the clothes will be dry by late afternoon, but during rainy season I bring them indoors to finish drying overnight, since I use a ceiling fan.

Adapting to the environment: I like that.

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All my life, sheets especially smell so much better air dried outside.

Know what you mean.

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Yes, every thing in all weather except below freezing or during several daysof rain.

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Whenever our crappy weather allows it. Wind dries faaaast, and sunlight is a natural bleach.

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Yes, here is the Ka`u district of Hawaii with lots of sun, cloths drying in an outdoor line makes economic and environmental sense.

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Never. I have asthma and allergies. I had an ex who was determined to do this. To me they smelled like pollen, BBQ smoke, and lawnmower exhaust. Towels are stiff and crispy like they have been starched. I rewashed and dried all of my stuff - I am more than happy to pay extra.

This is how much pollen gets on my car in less than a day. Never, ever.

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Since I've remarried and moved, no. I broached the subject of putting up a clothesline this spring. Not overwhelming response. I loved the smell of the clothes, the absorbency of the towels, saving energy. I live in Michigan, too, so it was a seasonal thing, but was always a sign of spring to be able to get those clothes on the line.

Yes, although I did dry a couple of loads back toward the end of February.

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In the summer time I do. I love the fresh scent, especially with my bedding.

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All the time. Even inside on a clothes horse with a fan on them. Never use a dryer.

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No, I think they smell bad when they dry.

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Absolutely ! sun, wind, clean air, how could you improve on that ?

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Always, tumble dryers are not environment friendly. An older American woman saw mine and declared her grand mother used to have a clothes line! I can't believe that people in countries with good weather use tumble dryers.

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Not in winter but for the rest of the year yes, weather permitting. Also in chatting with Theists on media forums I have been known to hang a few of them out to dry as well.

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only things that are too big for a standard load dryer

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I used to, but I could never find a place to put the line where they didn't blow off and need to be rewashed

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It's the normal thing in Europe. We mostly just use driers when the weather is too wet to line-dry things and even then, a lot of people just put them on racks in front of radiators. Solar- and wind-power are the latest as well as the earlest way to dry!

Good for you.

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YES!! I've not used a dryer since I went off to college. It beats up your clothes and shrinks them. Plus, who wants to stand in line waiting on a dryer?? Hang 'em up. It's the only way to go. My best clothes line was under a screened-in porch where the birds couldn't sit on the line🙂

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Yes! Unfortunately, my HOA does not allow clotheslines in the back garden, but I have one inside my screened patio, which technically qualifies as "outside". In the middle of the hot, dry summers here in Yuma, when temps can reach 120°, the first one I hang up is usually dry by the time I hang the last one.

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3 seasons outside and by the woodstove in the winter. Cloth diapered 2 babies too bit it's been a while. Sometimes I go to the laundry mat as a special treat, but it seems wasteful to use a tone of energy when they can just dry.

MsAl Level 7 Apr 28, 2018
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yep, just done that, it is the only way we do it here,
I bought a clothes drier when we had tiny babies,
I have never had one myself since.
Nor have I ever used a dishwasher (have one, wouldn't use it, don't know how)

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Just a load of bath towels. They're kinda heavy for the dryer and take a long time to dry.

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Yes......but it isn't a real 'clothes line' it is one of those stand up air dryer/clothes hanger thingie's from Target that I place outside to air dry my clothes. I hate clothes dryers and only use them to dry bed linen type stuff.

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When I moved back over to my old house, one of the first things I did was redo my clothesline.

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I have a clothes rack that is on my balcony.

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