I wanted to follow up with a few questions I received about Gift of Green’s Clothesline Challenge. I am excited that there was this much interest!
First, you can choose your ‘line level’. Novice is if you can pledge to dry 10% of your clothes on a line. This is either one out of every 10 loads, or 1 item out of ten per load. Even The Diaper Diaries, who said she was “too lazy”, could do that!
Some items are easier to line dry than others. For example, we use tablecloths. Not for the purpose of being fancy, it’s just easier than wiping off the table. They don’t match anything, and most of them don’t even fit the table properly because they are from garage sales and I can’t ever remember what size my table is. Tablecloths are easy to line dry. They are thin, and wide, dry quickly, and only take up two pins. If I were at the novice level, I would just do my table cloth load and call it good.
Deb from Mom of 3 Girls said,
I’ve always hung my own clothes (minus the whites) to dry – I hate having my clothes shrink in the dryer and it really does help them to last longer. That being said, I have a hard time keeping up with the girls’ laundry while using the dryer – I can’t imagine trying to find the time (or space) to hang all of theirs.
She would probably be at least at the novice level with line drying just her own clothes, even if the rest get tossed in the dryer.
Emily had a good suggestion that helps with the crunchiness that Cleavermama and others asked about. She said,
Soooo happy to be able to get stuff on the line. I have a problem with crunchy towels so I have to pop them in the dryer for about 10 minutes to get that feeling out, but 10 minutes vs 60 minutes is so much cheaper!!
This must be at least an intermediate level (60%), if not advanced (90%). I use Gain Joyful Expressions liquid fabric softener, because Consumer Reports said it was the best and I am a complete slave to that publication. I am either used to crunchiness, or it works.
Nicol from Here’s the Diehl uses the dryer too, and
…just bought an outside clothesline. But, I’m mainly using it for towels, sheets, and jeans (plus, it’s small and there really isn’t room for more, unfortunately).
The space issue is one I run into also. And I haven’t actually hung anything outside at all! I doubt there is any type of ordinance in my neighborhood against outdoor drying, it just hasn’t been nice enough on a consistent basis. I have a wooden drying rack, and two lines hung in my laundry room. I just make sure I take down clothes as soon as they are dry and get another load started. I am already ‘handling’ them, so I just fold them then and there. This is a good alternative to throwing them in a basket and then hoping against hope that my husband will get inspired and fold them while he is watching TV. It hasn’t happened in 7 years, why should it start now?
Good Idea Momma and jille asked how to combat slow drying. Our basement is damp, so we already have a humidifier. Fortunately, it drains into the laundry tub so it is in the laundry room. That speeds things up enough to get things dry before they get stinky.
If you want to take the challenge at any level, head over to Gift of Green to sign up! She probably has better answers to your questions than I do, so post them there if you don’t see what you need here.