We’ve had a lovely heat spell this past week in Northern Washington. The sun has finally been shining after what felt like an eternity of rainy cold weather. I’ve been taking advantage and spending a lot of time outside going for walks and gardening. Once the weather starts to warm up I like to hang my laundry to dry outdoors. It’s a great way to save energy and when it’s nice and hot out the clothes dry surprisingly fast. Here are some tips to make line drying even more efficient.
- Choose your location wisely. Place your clothes line or rack in the sunniest part of your yard. For us, unfortunately this happens to be right in front of the house in the front yard. I can use our drying rack all day long because this spot is never shady. Luckily I don’t mind the neighbors seeing my undies hanging out in the breeze as they drive by.
- Don’t forget to clean your line. Wipe it down to avoid dirt marks on your clean clothing
- Hang your line at the right height.You don't want your sheets and linens dragging on the ground.
- Check the weather forecast. When the dirty laundry pile is stacking up I try to plan to do the laundry on days when it’s sunny outside so that I can line dry. If there is sunshine in the forecast in the upcoming week I will hold off until the sun comes out.
- To avoid fading, hang your clothes inside out on the line. If you are drying whites the sun will naturally bleach your clothes and help fade stains.
- Hang t-shirts by the bottoms to avoid pinch marks on the shoulders
- If your clothes feel stiff pop them in the dryer for 5 minutes to help soften them up. I do this for my towels and jeans. I don’t like them feeling rough and crispy!
What are your tips for line drying your clothes?