Hanging Laundry Outside

Ever since I lived in my first home I have been hanging laundry outside. The first time I did it I was so excited I washed everything in site. My Mom came to visit and she couldn’t believe how much laundry I had hanging out. From this experience I learned not to load up the line too much because stuff doesn’t dry as quickly. I also learned that the sun actually gets rid of stains on white cloth.

This summer it has been really tough to hang stuff out on the line. Every time I do, it rains. But I keep persisting. After all, there’s nothing like the clean smell of fresh sheets and clothes dried on the line.


Oh, and I use hardwood clothes pins made in the USA:

Yes, I should sew a clothes pin bag, really, it can’t be that tough!

I usually hang everything out on the line, but Saturday it rained, so I saved washing the sheets until early Sunday morning.

What about you? Do you hang laundry outside, at least part of it?


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Liza Lee Miller
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 19:55:52

    I don’t. I never have. Don’t really know why. I might try it though if it’s a surefire way to get some rain . . . we could really use some rain! 🙂


  2. Mary
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 21:39:18

    Well, if hanging clothes on the line to dry would cause rain, I’d do it. But, I have never hung them outside for the reason that our communities have never allowed clotheslines. Annoying, but true.

    But! I still remember my Mom’s laundry – underwear and sheets blowing in the summer breeze with your type of clothespins and how wonderful they smelled even though we lived in city exhaust.


  3. Cis
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 22:26:05

    I have only a little rack and hang the laundry out whenever I get the chance. I also employ every available chair etc … quite inventive I get. I love the smell. I want a real line and still hope for one. Maybe I’ll have to squawk louder to D. We have lots of trees but none seem suitably located! Or so I’m told.


  4. jayne
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 06:34:05

    LOL Liza! Me either (said sheepishly) though I used to hang them at my grandmother’s house all the time growing up.


  5. Carolyn Hoffman
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 12:33:43

    Yep, i hang laundry outside, at least in warmer weather. If you think rain is bad for laundrty, snow is even worse. In winter, I sometimes hang it throughout the house–adds a little humidity. Occasionally, then, I’ll use a dryer at the laundromat, especially for larger things.

    Carolyn H.


  6. Pam
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 20:23:08

    Liza – LOL!! Load up a line and the rain will come!!

    Mary – OMG, are you serious, you’re not *allowed* to use a clothes line? On your *own* property?

    Cis – I hope you get a clothes line soon! I love it, when it isn’t raining, that is!

    Jayne – Maybe it would help the rain situation. . .

    Carolyn – I never have been able to figure out the whole drying clothes in the winter scenario. I’ve heard that people do it, but I can’t even picture doing it and having something dry out there!


  7. rvewong
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 23:56:37

    If I lived by myself I would, but my wife will only use the button on the dryer.


  8. Sandy
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 16:34:24

    I heard a story on NPR last evening saying many housing associations won’t allow clotheslines. So much for saving energy, if it doesn’t look good. We don’t live in a place like that! Yes, I do put some things out.

    What is that new deal you have up there with colored block? Guess I need to read those WordPress annoucements.


  9. Christine
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 23:29:40

    I always hang my washing outside, love the smell of sheets that have dried in the sun. This winter (I’m in New Zealand) I have had to use a laundry for the first time, it has rained so much.


  10. Kathleen
    Aug 02, 2008 @ 18:53:43

    My line was so full yesterday I had to prop it up with extra poles to keep it from touching the ground. Yes. I love to hang laundry outside! I even have 3 lines in my basement for winter or rainy day use. I don’t know how anyone gets by without clotheslines. Thanks for the great post.

    By the way, I’m new to your blog. I found you via Julie Zickefoose’s blog.


  11. deeandrews
    Feb 13, 2009 @ 13:20:45

    Yep, I hang my laundry out too. But, I have to admit it was moving to Spain that forced the habit. I’m hooked now though and will take the practice back to the States with me!



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