International Clothes Line Week June 6-13

United States
June 7, 2009 3:25pm CST
Have you made the switch to a clothes line? If not this link gives you many reasons why & how to do it! http://www.wellness-mania.com/international-clothesline-week.html And being frugal is number one in my book! I hate giving the utility company any more of our hard earned money than necessary! So hang your clothes up if you don't already and save your self some money & the plant at the same time
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@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I don't have a clothes line, I don't want one, and I'm too lazy to use it. Even if I did, the dogs would probably ruin anything I put out there.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
You could ban them from the area. Or you could just put one up high enough out of their reach. But I imagine you've tried similar hanging things to know your dogs abilites to jump too high.
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@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I'm only 5 feet tall, anything they can't reach, I can't either! but we took down the clothes line to put in the porch and so we don't have one. And really, I wouldn't use it, besides, the birds would poo on the cothes.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I suppose your height would make a difference. And I'd say I only have maybe 1-2 things that get poo'd on during the summer.
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@mysdianait (65081)
• Italy
7 Jun 09
I never ever made the switch from a clothes line. Anything that is an expensive luxury will never find a place in my home. I love the smell of washing when it has been dried outside and could never see any point in having a dryer. In the winter I hang things on the internal clothes lines which I have fixed up in the bathroom and the heat up there dries and airs things just right when it's too wet or cold to put them outside.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
I've heard many people say they love the smell. I dunno the smell isn't anything grand to me I just like saving some money!!! I line dry all year but not everything in winter things like undies get put in the dryer.
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@mysdianait (65081)
• Italy
7 Jun 09
I guess the smell depends on the area in which you live and are hanging out to dry in too. If you're inthe country then it's perfect. I guess the smell in big cities is not quite the same
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• United States
8 Jun 09
Location might make the difference I'd imagine in how the laundry smells. Too bad the laundry couldn't absorb the smells of the neighbors lilacs that would be wonderful or if the jacob's ladder could do the same. ;)
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@katsmeow1213 (28926)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Oh I wish I could. I'm not sure it's allowed in the trailer park. I've never seen anyone else here with a clothes line. Even if I did, I have no where to put it. There's so little space between me and the next trailer over, and there's lots of trees, my shed, and my car. Plus, my car is covered in bird poo cuz of the trees. I think I'll just continue to pay the darn power company!
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• United States
7 Jun 09
If you were able to spend the time or have a good view (or stick by the area) of the trees provided it was allowed in the park you could tie a temporary line up there. Or when in doubt if you have a small porch attached to your trailer you could string a line there or even get some wooden dowel ones (walmart & most harware stores sell them for abt $10ea) or a retractable one to put outside or in your place.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
You forget how many people I have living here!! I used a clothes line in our last place, and even though I had all the space in the world, I was only able to hang 1 load at a time. However I normally do 2 or 3 loads a day. So hanging the clothes doesn't always work. Some things it would, and I do see some neighbors with those racks on their porches from time to time. But with all that I have going on, and how much laundry I need to get done, sometimes it's just easier and less time consuming to use the dryer!
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I hear ya I usually do 1-3 loads a day here. THough if I can't line dry everything I take some of it out like my shirts and dry them in the bathroom or closet and just reduce the amt of time in the dryer a bit.
@peavey (16872)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I use a clothesline 99% of the time. If I have to wash and dry things when it's rainy, I hang them on a line downstairs, but most of the time I hang then outside. I have a dryer, but it will last me the rest of my life, no more than I use it. Not only does it save electricity or gas, it saves wear and tear on clothing.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I always hang them out to dry. I love being outside early in the morning, listening to the birds sing while I hang the clothes. Where I hang mine there are a few hummingbirds that stay around my clothes lines . They watch me as I hang clothes ,
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• United States
11 Jun 09
I was thinking our dryer would last til I was old and grey too! Then the belt snapped last month as I use it for hubby's uniforms and I wondered how? Considering all the wash I do it's not used as much as it could be. I love listening to the birds in the morning when I"m hanging as well. Then I usually water my plants, and that's all provided I get up before the kids arise for the day.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I love using the clothes line. I just hung out some towels today. I always look forward to the nicer seasons so that I can use the clothesline.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
me too
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@clutterbug (1051)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Hi 3SnuggleBunnies, Yes, I made the switch a few years ago, and I am saving money now that I have retired my dryer. The only drawback was on one occasion when a bird left a present on my pretty, green blouse; other than that it's been smooth sailing. I also have an indoor drying rack for rainy days. I can't imagine going back to using a dryer, and I hope I never have to.
• United States
7 Jun 09
A retired dryer is a good thing. I run mine maybe a few times a month (mainly when it rains) if that with several lil kids I do atleast one load a day. I think I've an a "present" a time or two as well. I've also had hornets try to make a hive in the lil slit in my umbrella style clothesline .......
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@snowy22315 (70234)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I don't know if I will go all out with a clothesline but I will probably hang more things out to dry. I have a rail and I will sometimes put things like towels and such out on my rail to dry. I think there are some things that can dry easily and others that take quite a bit of time.
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• United States
17 Jun 09
That is true there are things like jeans and other thick items that do need some extra time to dry. But unless you are utterly out of that item it's no big deal to wait a lil longer than usual for it to air dry than be put in a dryer.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
Usually by this time of year I've put up my clothes line and been using for a couple weeks. however this year I'm rather leery of using it because i have a "new" dog. Hes been wiht me since last fall after i stopped using the clothes line...however hes VERY destructive and i'm worried that if i use the clothes line i will end up spending more on clothing than it saves me on power!
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• United States
11 Jun 09
Hopefully that puppy phase will be outgrown sooon. Otherwise I'd hang somewhere that your dog has no access to. And I know about the damage a dog can do, mine ate a zipper once off of a great coat I got as a handme down... I was not a happy fur momma!
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
11 Jun 09
He's VERY good at getting where hes not supposed tobe. He got up ontop of the old combine i was feeding my cats on and ate all their food (about 12 feet off the ground). He got on the goose house where i was originally feeding them - abuot 6 feet high. constantly getting on my deck which is gated off.
• United States
17 Jun 09
I would say full of mischief that's for certain! I hope you find a new spot to relocate the food so he doesn't get to it. My dog will eat cat food but the cats will only drink his water...
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@dragon54u (31647)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I'm seriously considering it. I love the smell and feel of sheets dried outside. I don't have anyplace to put a clothes line and no way to do it myself so I will probably get a collapsible clothes dryer--I saw one at Walmart a few weeks ago--and use that. I only have one tree in my back yard and setting poles is beyond my skills. My underwear will dry out of sight on the small enclosed back porch!!
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@dragon54u (31647)
• United States
8 Jun 09
By the way, I forgot to mention that you should try to dry your clothes in the shade, as the sun breaks down the fibers and they won't last as long. Of course, the dryer damages them, too. I have a great place under my tree for my clothes rack but I just hope the birds don't decide to decorate them!
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• United States
11 Jun 09
You are too too funny Dragon! Nope my back yard is nothing but 100% sun! I'm hoping oneday to convince my hubby to get a tree planted back there for some eventual shade. Otherwise there's not much shade back there til after 6pm.
@cher913 (25867)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
that is very cool! i had not heard of that! unfortunately, we are not 'allowed' to have a clothes line outside but that will be changing pretty soon ( we are in a condo unit) so i am looking forward to doing this! right now, i hang my clothes in my basement.
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• United States
11 Jun 09
I hate such rules. Now I could see if they were in someones way like over a sidewalk or whatever depending on the articteure of your condo building perhaps it would be an issue. But mostly I think things like that are just petty!! Afterall they don't leave a notice on your door from the condo association saying your car is too old you better buy a new one or it's an eyesore being more than 5yrs old ect. Trust me I've seen some nice houses and wondered ok this house is very expensive but yet the car in the drive is over 10yrs old?
@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
8 Jun 09
oh this is about saving our environment isn't it by not using the dryer. we don't have dryer in the country. only spinner. which like taking the water as much as possible. but we have to hand to dry also. before i don't even use a spinner we totally dry the clothes by hanging it under the sun. but now it is wet season here in my country and it is raining almost everyday . we better use the spinner every time and just hang the clothes inside our room and let the air going through the window to dry our clothes. i prefer now to use spinner. cause before when we don't we have to squeeze the clothes well . and we are kind of hurry now but in summer. we still hang our clothes even without spinning it first if we have time to do it. cause in summer the clothes dry pretty quickly just like for an hour or two it will be totally dry.
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• United States
17 Jun 09
thats a different way to do it. my washer has a spin cycle that removes the excess water from the clothes, sometimes they say to do it more than once to ensure as much moisture as possible was removed & it is supposed to reduce your drying time.
@rainbow (6763)
16 Jun 09
I love fresh air dried clothes and use both a washing line and an airer in my small garden. In the winter I will start things off in the lounge near the fire and finish then during the night on the cheaper rate electricity in the drier. I tend to set the washer at night too and wash my dished by hand which is a saving both on dishwasher products, electricity and water. Many clothes will be fine after a shared tumble in the drier if they are hung or folded straight away, saving time and electric ironing too.
• United States
17 Jun 09
You are absolutly correct electricity is cheaper at night or during off peak hours. I used to do toss in a load of wash right before bed as well, that way it was ready to hang in the morning.
• United States
15 Jun 09
I have a clothes drying rack but when I use it the clothes done feel as nice. I try to dry the things that dont touch skin. I probibly just need to learn how to dry things nicely. It saves money so I want to do it. I just need practice.
• United States
17 Jun 09
A person does sacrafice some of the softness for money saved by line drying. THough if you think about it, the way your clothes got softened was by the dryer beating your clothes wich causes the fibers to break little by litte and those broken fibers end up in your lint trap. If anything line dry your things and if your dryer has a fluff or no heat cycle try that to soften it up even just for a few minutes should help a lil bit.
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
12 Jun 09
I don't even own a clothes dryer. I hang everything on the clothes line. If it's raining, I hang things on an indoor rack and put them in front of the heater. Ask any fire fighter - Clothes dryers are one of the leading causes of house fires. They're dangerous, expensive, pointless and promote laziness. Use a clothes line.
• United States
17 Jun 09
that is true, dryers are one of the big causes to house fires...
@marguicha (121725)
• Chile
11 Jun 09
I don´t need an international clothes line week. I have been drying my clothes in a clothes line for years. I think the last time I used my drying machine was about 20 years ago. In summer it´s easy. I have lots of hangers and put blouses and sweaters neatly in hangers to avoit ironing. Underwear I hang with clothespins. Blue or black clothes have to be out of the sun (place thyem in a shawdowy corner with wind). In winter I use the bathrooms for the purpose. I wash at night (have a deal with the electric company where it´s less expensive to use electricity after 10 PM and hang the clothes in the tub. Next day most of them are dry. The ones that aren´t, I place them in a bathroom I seldom use during the day. Take care
• United States
17 Jun 09
I wasn't even thinking about the sun fading dark colors. Good idea to have a spot in the shade for those items. Now if there was a way to get rid of the lint w/o going thru lint rollers like nuts or using a dryer.
• United States
9 Jun 09
I do not have a clothes line so it would be hard for me to hang my clothes out to dry. In fact, no one in my neighborhood has a clothes line so I would not feel right having one. I do not have any other ways of hanging my clothes out to dry.
• United States
11 Jun 09
I'm sure you could use a dowel rack or utilize the many other ways mentioned in this discussion. Is the reason no one line dries is because of some neighborhood rules? I know in some of the subdivisions they don't want you to have a clothes line out and you could face a fine wich to me is foolish.
@Annie2 (594)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I remember helping both my grandmothers and my mom hang clothes out to dry. Neither one of my grandmothers ever owned a dryer. My mom did, but, I think it didn't work because we hung clothes out, and eventually, we went to the laundry every week until they finally got a new washer/dryer. I hang my clothes out to dry. I never thought about the possibility of there being any kind of city ordinance against it. I only see one other neighbor who hangs clothes out. I think that many people don't hang clothes out anymore because they work outside of the home and can only do laundry in the evenings and weekends. I start washing and hanging clothes out in the mornings and everything is dry by the end of the day. I don't like that my towels are stiff and scratchy, but I prefer not to use the electricity it takes to use the dryer. My dryer doesn't work well anyway and it takes as long as three days for it to dry towels! I can't believe there is actually an International Clothes Line Week! Well, Happy International Clothesline Week to all you clothesline users out there!
• United States
11 Jun 09
Happy International Clothesline Week to YOU! I used to line dry when I worked full time I just got up a lil earlier and hung everything and then took it down either after I got home from work or after dinner. You have to make time for it just like being online. My dryer has some issues too but I dunno about taking 3 days to dry towels. There's something wrong there, it may be cheaper for you to replace the dryer or dry them at the laundry or family members house.
• United States
8 Jun 09
screw mainstream clothes lines, i go thru american aparrel. you can buy all kinda of clothes that the clothing lines use to make their stuff and its cheaper. u can buy 20 of the same shirt super cheap if u use their bulk service. why pay more than 3 bucks a shirt? thee the same quality, cus thats what the clothes makers use! its good for families too cus u can order different styles and sizes for kids him her, teens etc. check em out at americanaparrel.net