Just put up my new clothes line

United States
May 12, 2008 12:27pm CST
We got two clothes line poles from a cousin who was throwing them away a couple of years ago and it took me this long to get them up. Guess he figured it would be nice to save for a mother's day weekend. I went to Fred's this morning and bought the line with a couple of cans of spray paint to freshen it up. $1.19 a can and $2.77 for 100ft line. Just put out my first load. I'm not planning on putting out jeans due to the stiffness. I know it probably won't save a ton on my electric bill but it has to help. Any tips or suggestions? I've never had one before.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
12 May 08
There is knack to hanging out clothes so that they aren't stiff. You can put your jeans on the line until they are almost dry, then put them in the dryer for 10-15 minutes to soften them up, so you are still saving on your electric bill. Hang clothes on a windy day and they will not be as stiff when they dry! Fold your sheets and towels in half and clip both corners to the line, but pin only one side and let the other hang free. The wind will catch the sheet or towel and make it bag out, and this will make them dry fluffier. For some more tips about hanging laundry, please check out this article I published recently: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/739509/tips_for_hanging_laundry_on_a_clothesline.html
• United States
12 May 08
I will have to check out your article Jill, I could always use more tips..I have heard about the jeans and throwing them in the dryer, but I missed it the first time and they dried too much before I had a chance to put them in the dryer.
• United States
12 May 08
Thanks for the advice. Your article was very helpful. I noticed the less ironing. My t-shirts looked better coming off the line than they do out of the dryer. I'm trying jeans now. I did throw my towels in the dryer for 20 mins while still a little damp. They were getting rough.
• United States
12 May 08
Use a fabric softner in the wash cycle. Jeans aren't too bad if you throw them in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Depending on how many loads of wash you do a week, you will certainly save money by drying your clothes on a line. Good for you for saving energy!!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 May 08
i so wish we could have a clothes line where i live. it would be great to hang out clothes there in the summer, expecially big things like towels and blankets. you know you are doing both yourself and the environment a favour by doing this because it will save you money in the long run (i am not sure how much) and by not using your dryer, it will help the environment.
• United States
12 May 08
I've always wanted one. My mom never used one even though she had plenty of room. Of course, it only took me seven years of owning two acres to get one. After doing a couple of loads I could kick myself.
• United States
13 May 08
I have been wanting a clothes line for a while now but our home owners association says it is an eyesore. We got an indoor rack and we put it in the tub and let things dry there. I know we could be doing more but it is a start. When the clothes are almost dry I give them a good shake to softem them up a bit. I think it will save on your electricity bill a bunch too. I know the little I did helped some.