Easy Tips For Hanging Laundry On The Line
In our All About Laundry e-book, I tried to cover everything about hanging laundry and doing the wash from beginning to end. I recently happened to think about one thing I forgot to mention about hanging laundry on the line. When you see how big the book is you will find it hard to believe I could have left anything out. Often I don’t think our readers realize what a nice sized “little” book it is at 111 pages. It includes everything about how to deal with laundry and how to get those mounds of clothes under control! It covers everything including clothes hampers, sorting, stains, washing, homemade laundry supplies of all sorts (starch, detergent, etc.), ironing, folding and hanging laundry on a line or on racks.
I thought I had left no stone unturned but here are a couple of tips I did forget:
Start with something simple. If you are just beginning to hang laundry on the line start with something simple, like a load of towels. It will get you used to using the clothespins and they are easy to hang with out having to worry about wrinkles or getting seams straight.
I fluff my towels in the dryer for about 3-5 minutes and then hang them out. For those of you who just can’t give up your dryers, you might consider hanging just one load a week. Even if you only hang your towels for the first week or two you will be saving time and money because they take so much longer to dry than anything else.
Don’t bunch and watch for wads. I saw a video of a woman who had hung her laundry on the line for the first time and she made the comment that it must have been extra humid because it took so long to dry. In reality, most of her problem was that she had not used clothes pins and had just thrown them over the line doubled. In some cases, they were all wadded.
Make sure you have nothing wadded up. For example if you don’t watch it, corners at the bottoms of sheets can be slightly bunched or the corners up by where you pin them. This may not seem too important but there is nothing more frustrating than to bring your laundry in from the line, ready to fold, and find that you can’t because of one or two corners that are still damp.
Don’t fold the laundry when it’s damp. Whatever you do, don’t fold your clothes if they’re even slightly damp. Often people can’t figure out why their laundry smells sour and this is one reason. That smell is very hard to get rid of. It is essentially mold growing on your laundry.
You might also want to read our post about Hanging Laundry On The Line.
For lots more easy tips and ideas for hanging laundry, cleaning and homemaking, including our All About Laundry e-book, check out our Keeping It Clean e-books.