Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dry it Outside

There is a movement afoot, though quiet in it's stance.
More people are beginning to hang their laundry out to dry.
I am trying, though not always successful at getting it done.
It reminds me of times long ago when I use to
help my mother hang the laundry out to dry.
The sheets smelled oh so fresh and some of
my clothes were stiff like boards.
Planet Green gives tips for softening the stiff laundry from the line.
I have found, as they mention, putting it in the dryer just for a minute or two at the end of the drying time helps.
The Vermont Country Store was featured on Sunday Morning television show recently.
You can watch the segment on Right to Dry, which I have bookmarked above.
There is also a fun poem on this link, called The Clothesline.
It is a good clean movement.
One we should all consider, even if it is only occasionally done.
Your sheets will thank you for that fresh, clean smell and less wear and tear.
I can almost hear that snap as we shake the laundry out to dry.
Plus we save the cost of running the dryer and help the environment too.
OK, you are saying, but I don't have time or I don't have a line.
Check out the sights above for suggestions and enjoy line dried laundry.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post. I have such fond memories of hanging out laundry both at home and at my grandmother's. Thanks for dusting off a good memory.

Jill said...

I've always wanted to do this, but that, ehem, blessed walnut tree of mine just gets in the way, not to mention all the stuff it would drop on my otherwise clean clothes. I'm glad you guys are going for it, though!

Annie said...

Years ago we lived in married student housing in San Jose, CA. For five years I washed and then line dried everything. No doubt about it, this is darn hard work especially if you are going up and down the stairs like I was. Nostalgic for sure where my memories of growing up are concerned but for me, I'll stick with my dryer. **sigh*

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Steph said...

We hang our stuff outside as much as possible! I once lived in a neighborhood where it was against the covenants to hang stuff out. I found that ridiculous, and we didn't live there very long. :-)

Britt-Arnhild said...

Through our 29 years of marriage we've never owned a dryer :-)

Christina said...

i remember helping my grandmother do this. i still do it occasionally. there is simple nothing like the smell of my sheets dried on the line.

Celeste Maia said...

What an interesting blog, glad to have "discovered" it.
I always hang my clothes outside, they smell wonderfully of the sun and the garden outside. Yes, it is hard work to carry the wet clothes out and then hang them, but it is also like a meditation, very relaxing.

Anonymous said...

As I write this, my laundry is drying outside. It's good to know I am not the only one who buries her nose in fresh sheets that smell of sunshine.


Duchess of Tea said...

I have started doing just so. I do just as you suggested, I end it in the dryer for about 5 minutes. My Aunt Lili is 78 years old and to this date she does not own a dryer!! Thanks for stopping by often and leaving kind comments. Next time if you have a moment, please join my followers. I will greatly appreciate it.
Duchess xx

Celeste Maia said...

I live in Madrid, right in the center. In October when you go to Barcelona, any chance of coming to Madrid? If you do I will give you my phone number so we can meet. That would be great fun, actually meeting another blogger!