The outdoor clothesline is one of the world’s oldest of inventions, and yet, clotheslines are just as useful today as they were during ancient times!
So simple….a line and a pole.
So dependable….the sun comes up everyday.
So effective….I mean air always dries your clothes!
No wonder it’s been used for thousands of years by so many civilizations!
Until the 1950’s, everyone used “solar dryers”(aka outdoors clothesline!) but even when electric dryers hit the market in the 1950’s, the cost prohibitive at $200!
That equates out to $2,046.03 in today’s dollars!
Many families stuck with the “tried and true” clothesline!
Not only that, the humble outdoor clothesline comes in many forms to suite your needs, whether you live in the country, suburb or city.
How to Purchase a Clothesline
When buying a clothesline, it’s important to give consideration to your living arrangement.
Regardless of where you live, whether in an apartment, suburb, HOA or rurally, there is a clothesline suited for you.
Word to the wise: Don’t skimp and buy a cheap clotheline. They’re unreliable and make the job of hanging laundry a real drag. Get a good one and enjoy it for years!
Types of Outdoor Clotheslines
The T-Post: This is the most common outdoors clothesline, by far.
A T-post clothesline can be purchased or made and installed in your backyard.
Two T-Posts need to be spaced at least 6 feet apart, but much further is suggested, if you have the room!
The great thing about this design is that you get 196 ft of drying space in a small area!
-It holds 3-4 loads of laundry
-Doesn’t need concrete to be installed, just a shovel
-Made in the USA!
The Satellite clothesline can be dropped down (like an umbrella) when not in use.
The Pulley: Pulley clotheslines can be used from structure to structure (house to detached garage, for example). This Super Heavy Duty Clothesline Kit has everything you need to get a clothesline up and going this weekend!
I prefer to use a drying rack for our “privy” items, as well as for sweaters that need to be laid out flat.
More Reasons to Start Drying Your Clothing Outdoors
It Saves Your Clothes
You realize that all that lint in your dryer’s trap is really your clothing, right?
Dryers are very hard on clothes and since we try to buy better quality clothing, and less clothing overall, I want these items to last! You could make the argument that the sun fades clothing, however, with normal drying time I haven’t had a problem.
You Get Outside
Anytime you can get outside to do a little exercise, that’s a good thing! I love the few minutes it takes to hang a load of laundry out, the sun hits my face and fresh air fills my lungs. It’s a gentle form of exercise that most can do, as long as you don’t overload your basket.
The Clothes Smell Fabulous
To be honest, if hanging clothes out actually cost money, I would pay to do it. Why? The smell of laundry that has been hung on an outside clothesline to dry is unmatched. No other smell like it! I sleep like a baby on sheets that have that outdoor smell!
Save Big on Electricity
If you are trying to bring your electric bill under control, minimizing use of a heat-producing appliance will certainly help! You should see a significant reduction on your energy bill by using an outdoor clothesline regularly!
Be More Sustainable
Taking advantage of natural resources that provide sun and air to complete a task for me, for FREE, is just the most awesome thing. I mean, why not???
It’s Just a Beautiful Thing to See
If you ever drive through an Amish community, you’ll see outdoor clotheslines in every yard! It’s just a beautiful site, so natural, so nostalgic. Doesn’t it just make you feel warm inside?
If you’re married to someone who is handy, or are handy yourself, you can certainly build an outdoor clothesline from scratch. But if that’s not the case, or you can’t find the time, purchasing “solar clothes dryer” will certainly be worth the investment on many levels.
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