The Lost Art of Line Drying
Growing up I can recall various family members who incorporated a laundry line in their daily chores. Crisp sheets and clothing billowing in the yard, sucking up the sun’s rays while the smell of fresh laundry permeated the surround areas. After a long day there is really nothing like crawling into a bed that has been freshly made with line dried sheets. It is not quite as common these days to see such a thing – almost like a lost art if you will. In truth, the majority of us find it more convenient and time effective to toss a load into the dryer rather than slopping a soggy basket of garments outdoors and spend the time lovingly pinning each item. Given that I am on the adventurous road to getting “back to basics” I am inclined to pursue this route…at least when the weather permits. For those of you motivated to try the same, here are some interesting tips I came across to make this easier. 1) Make sure your laundry lines are strong and taut. Laundry doesn’t dry very evenly on sagging lines. 2) Choose a day that’s sunny and breezy. The motion of the breeze prevents clothes from stiffening. 3) When the weather is chillier, put on a pair of thin cotton gloves, then add a pair of rubber gloves over them. Your fingers will stay toasty. The key to less ironing is good hanging. Shake each item to release wrinkles and smooth/straighten each garment as you hang it. 4) If you have the space, leave a foot or two between items. They will dry faster. 5) Hang sheets and whites earlier in the morning to get the full bleaching effect of the sun’s rays. Colours and brights in partial shade to prevent fading. Turning coloured clothing inside out also helps with this. 6) Hang your shirts/blouses on hangers with the top button done up to prevent clothespin marks on the shoulders. Pin the hangers on the line. 7) Use a rag to go over your clotheslines with warm water and mild cleaner every so often. Clean your clothespins as well in warm sudsy water, rinse and line dry. Dirty clotheslines & pins will get your clothes dirty as well.