It is still a wonderful method to dry laundry by natural means on the clothes line. Reducing carbon footprints suggest that we should air dry our cloths instead of putting them in the dryer, which is a great saving of electricity or fuel which require nothing more than a laundry line and pegs for the cloths line. Some people may find that a drying rack is a better option as compared to clothes lines due to their space constraints, weather, or other factors but it is for sure that air dry laundry smells fresh and looks crisp.
Clothes line could be any type of rope which has been stretched between two points, indoor or outside, above the level of the ground. Longer clothes lines often have supports in the middle due to the weight of the clothing. A rotary washing line save space and are typically retractable and square or triangular in shape with multiple lines being used.
Air drying does more that saving as zero greenhouse gas emissions per load if dry by machine. There is less wear and tear of fabric and clothes do not shrink. With air drying, laundry items stay softer to the touch and there is no static cling. It is a fact that putting laundry on a line usually takes more time than putting it in a dryer but it sure eliminates the noise from mechanical clothes dryer as well as the potential of airborne lint and reduced air quality.
Some people prefer to dry laundry indoors rather than outdoors because of their physical disability and to raise the humidity level indoors, and lower the air temperature indoors. Several types of devices are available for indoor drying especially designed for lack of space. Some housing complexes do not allow outdoor clothes drying to a drying rack can help to meet this legal restriction as well as it preserves your privacy. Obviously it is convenient to do indoor but drying time indoors will be longer than outdoor. The solar radiation and slight wind makes a difference. In the cold dry weather, moderate increases in humidity is considered comfortable so hanging clothes indoor would be OK. We all know that if we don’t dry our clothes in the dryer we save on electricity, but many of us don’t think about how the dryer reduces the life of our clothes. If you notice the waistband of underwear or socks after few drying, you would find it terribly rippled. Notice the pilling on your clothes and linens and the resulting lint in the dryer, you can imagine how thin your fabric is getting because it is being rubbed in heat which also sets in stains permanently.
If your neighbour do not mind and there is no risk of theft or vandalism of clothes the go for air dry. Even though it may sound complicated at first, once you do it few times it becomes second nature to you. Shake out your clothes as you pull out from the washing machine. It’s easier to get them on the line if clothes are not all bunched up. Hang large pieces first, spread sheets and towels over the line and clip them at the ends. If you have a breeze, put more clips so they don’t blow away. The last items to hang for dry should be the small pieces and if your line is full, you can fit small things in among the larger pieces.