Podcast #208 – What We’ve Learned About Using a Clothesline

We’ve talked before about our clothesline, but we’ve never listed the lessons we’ve learned about using it. That’s the focus of today’s program.


lee w clotheslineWe’ve been using our clothesline a little more than three years now, and we count ourselves pretty knowledgeable about when it works well and when it doesn’t. Here are some of the principles we’ve learned:

  • Build it as close as possible to where you live and wash your clothes.
  • You’ll dry more loads per day in summer than in winter
  • Learn to make the most of “good drying days”
  • Store your clothespins indoors
  • You’re going to need to be at least somewhat flexible about when you do laundry. It just won’t work to save it all up for Friday night!
  • Clothes, sheets, and towels feel and smell different when dried on the line. You’ll either love it or hate it. We love it.
  • Shop for a washer that wrings clothes really dry. It’s the smartest money you’ll spend.

Finally, and this is the best part, you’re going to save a LOT of money drying your clothes on a clothesline. Electric dryers use gobs of electricity, and gas dryers use gobs of gas. We’re paying for all our drip irrigation now with the money we were spending on the dryer.

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