Drying Time

| 9/25/2014 10:27:00 AM

Tags: Urban Homestead, Clothesline, Living Simply, Frugality, Erin Sheehan,

Erin SheehanOne of the first things we did when we moved into our urban homestead was put up a clothesline. We have a semi-shaded backyard, but it does get enough sun to dry our clothes, especially in the summer.



We’ve learned that clotheslines are considered a thing of the past. Although it is in our backyard, our clothesline is slightly visible from the street. One afternoon we overheard two passersby commenting on how old-fashioned and unusual they thought our clothesline is. Only one of our neighbors line-dries her clothes. Our other neighbors probably think we are crazy or at least unseemly, having our unmentionables out on the line for all to see!


We aren’t trying to evoke an earlier era or be quaint by drying out clothes this way. We’re trying to save money and use less fossil fuels. Why use electricity to do what the sun can do so well? I suppose one could argue that it’s more work to line-dry, but I appreciate the rhythm of hanging up and taking down clothes. I don’t find it a chore. On warm, windy days, I treat it like a challenge: Can I get two loads dry in a single day?

9/26/2014 9:24:42 AM

Erin, when I moved into my present house, I noticed this round piece of concrete in the middle of the backyard with a rectangle hole in it. It intrigued me as to what it was until I saw a two by four fastened to the side of the house in direct line with the concrete in the ground that had hooks on it. The light came on that it was a clothes line that could be taken down when not in use. I never resurrected that clothes line but I did install a traditional cross arm clothes line that some one gave us. It sat unused for years maybe even decades until I replaced it with a swingset for my grandson. My wife's health issues prevented her from using it and my lack of time prevented me from using it. Now my laundry needs are bare minimum and my time is spent out in the garden and yard. Solar clothes drying is a great concept and probably would save money as heating with electric is not very efficient. ***** Have a great solar clothes drying day.

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