Wednesday, July 7, 2010

freedom to hang

You already know about Green Girl's affection for her clotheslines. Besides being handcrafted by her grandpa, who was a welder by trade, she loves that hanging out her family's laundry costs her nothing but a little time. It makes their clothes smell fabulous, it reduces their energy use. Hanging out her wash is totally retro, like how she buys milk in glass bottles. It gets her outside, it slows her down, it's convenient. She can hang out the wash in the morning and leave it until sunset--without worrying about shrinkage or her electric bill.

So when people make a documentary about clotheslines? You know she's interested.




Spill it, reader. Do you hang? Would you consider it?

27 comments:

  1. I don't have a clothes line. We did have one at our first home and I used it a few times there.

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  2. I think I've ranted about this to you before, so I won't climb up on the soapbox again, except to say how ridiculous my neighborhood is for outlawing clotheslines. Next thing you know it'll be recycling bins.

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  3. I did hang, until the boys used my ropes as a jungle gym--havent put it back up yet :/

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  4. I have wanted a clothes line for 15 years...But with three dogs..it really isn't the best option. I fear I would be rewashing and rewashng.

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  5. I look at those umbrella type clotheslines every year, if for nothing else, to deal with all the wet towels from the pool. Since we live in an old neighborhood, we can do any darn thing we want so that's not the problem. The real problem is that my back yard is nearly completely shaded, it's so humid here it would take laundry three days to dry and it's not windy unless there's a storm brewing. So unlike the huge line we had growing up that could hold an entire week's worth of wash, but usually the first things you hung up were dry by the time you got to the bottom of the basket because Nebraska has plenty of wind.

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  6. We do have a small foldaway clothesline now because we can't have one that stays up all the time. But where we lived before (much more rural), we had an old-fashioned t-post line that I used all the time. I loved it and I miss it. It's definitely my best "excuse" to get outside during busy mornings.

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  7. I am definitely a hanger! While a dryer is very convenient, I have always preferred hanging my laundry. I did it in Amsterdam, and as soon as I have a place of my own again, I will return to it.

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  8. I'm a middle of the liner hanger. I hang jeans and delicates, but I dry the clothes my kids wear day in and day out. I'm half enviro-friendly. So is that a half full or half empty approach to the philosophical cup o' water???

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  9. Ah, yet another thing we have in common. I LOVE Clotheslines with a passion and have been lusting after them for years. This year for my birthday someone secretly left an nice expensive set on my front porch. I'm hoping to get it set in the ground this week cause I can't stand running the dryer on hot days.
    Clothes lines are dream makers for kids as well. They can used sheets as tents or even stage curtains.
    LOVE THEM!

    Thanks for the post cause now I know what I'm going to do today.

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  10. I do. But not outdoors. GOTCHA!

    I will now offer a simple tip fo rthose who would like to hang, but have no clothesline, or aren't allowed to have one, or some other such thing.

    I use the sills on my doors. Yep. I have used plastic hangers for my clothes for a long time now - to hang-dry, I just place the clothing on the hanger, and then hook the hanger in a doorway on the top part of the frame...of course, there will be clothes hanging in one or many of your doorways while they dry...you can decide how much or how little of a pain that is for you. Being a single woman living on my own, it doesn't bother me...I use a door I won't be going through for a little while! *ha! AND! Here's what you do with pants and skirts: use clothespins to attach the garment to the hanger while it dries, dig? Maybe you have a basement doorway or a couple of doorways upstairs that aren't in use during laundry-time...give it a shot! I'll point out that this method is convenient all year round, whereas outdoor clotheslines get touch-and-go in the wintertime...door-sills still provide hang-dry lovliness in a rather speedy fashion, even in Illinois February!
    Well there is an option, anyway...

    **disclaimer: actually, truth be told, I do both. I own a dryer, too. But a fair amount of my wardrobe is hang-dry-only!

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  11. I most certainly do........it saves not only money but saves me from moving fast.....it slows me down just a bit more.

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  12. Sounds like I need to hang.

    Once neighborhoods became ruled by Associations you can bet that clotheslines were the first thing to go away.

    Di

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  13. Our dumb ol' HOA has rules about this too. Shame.

    I love the look of a clothesline so much I hung a line of doll clothes in my daughter's bedroom and a string of lacy cocktail napkins in mine. :)

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  14. Currently living in a neighborhood with an association that doesn't allow clotheslines. I really miss that smell. Takes me right back to growing up (in WI by the way). Hated being woken early in the summer by my mother to help hang for our family of 7. Wish I could be waking my teenagers to help me now!!!

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  15. i really want to start hanging again. need a clothesline. i love the smell and the feel of sun dried fabric.

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  16. I think I could get behind hanging my clothes on a clothesline, but it seems like I'd be fighting pollen (my hubby is allergic), bird poop, or Mosquito poison (from the touring trucks). Maybe I just need to move into the country. :)

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  17. Hanging the laundry is like this in my memory...
    We lived on the 2nd floor of a city tenement. The clothesline ran from Mom and Dad's bedroom window to the garage. Mom had to pull the double line that ran on a pulley.

    In the winter, with 2 babies, in cloth diapers. I do remember that the bedsheets smelled really good.

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  18. I have gotten lazy lately. I think it was when my dryer broke down and I had no option but hanging for months, that turned me back into a dryer user, but if you look at my lifetime laundry history, I have hung hundreds of loads on the line, including all the cloth diapers that my four kids wore.

    It makes me crazy that we live in a so-called free country, but people think it's appropriate to ban clotheslines. I don't think clotheslines are ugly. Lines of drying laundry make a neighborhood look friendly. When we were in Rome, we noticed that virtually everybody hangs their laundry out, usually on lines that span the streets and stretch from one apartment to another. It's not ugly, it's picturesque.

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  19. I should, I know I should, but in reality I only air dry work out clothes, swim suits and bras.

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  20. I don't have a clothes dryer now. The air is really dry here, and we have a breezy, sunny yard. There's a tree in the yard here, and when it flowered in the spring and I hung out my laundry, it was AMAZING how beautiful everything smelled!

    I have no idea what the tree is though. I should find out!

    For indoors (panties, y'know) and rainy days, I have two folding rack thingys. I hate them, actually, they take up space and look unsightly and make the place damp. I need a laundry room, maybe!

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  21. I don't hang because of family allergies, more's the pity. I have to settle for my gas dryer and indoor drying racks. I love it when something that slows us down is also efficient!

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  22. I hang some stuff--but mostly delicates. My husband has rigged up a hanging bar inside the garage that holds a fair amount. I should do more and maybe I will now that you've reminded me.

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  23. I'm a bit of a green girl myself, but I draw the line here. (No pun intended.) I hate hanging clothes. They smell like the outside, which more often than not is the smell of diesel, cow patties and wet dog. Not my favorite smells on clothes. And they're stiff and uncomfortable. They also stretch out the clothes from where the clothespins hold them. I don't find anything redeeming about hanging clothes. Now, a solar-powered dryer is the solution. I'd buy that!

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  24. Our Homeowner's Association would have a screaming hissy should a clothesline appear.

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  25. A clothesline is on our agenda for this weekend. We finally have enough weeds covering the ground to keep the dirt down. We live in a new subdivision and I was very excited that 5 of my neighbors have clotheslines. Yeah.

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  26. I live in one of those crazy neighborhoods that doesn't allow it......but when my mom still lived in Buffalo I would take all of my sheets, blankets etc....up to her house and hang everything....I miss it soooooo much!!!!!

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  27. I'm a huge fan of hanging the wash out to dry. But between the rain and the humidty we've had lately, it's been hard to find a block of time large enough where the stuff will actually get dry.

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Spill it, reader.