What happens when your clothes dryer won’t heat anymore? That’s what happened to us this week. After tumbling a load of laundry (jeans of course) for 3 full cycles on high heat we realized that the machine was just not working. It was night already so line drying wasn’t exactly an option for the night so we opened up the ironing board, pulled out the hangers, and laid out the laundry around the house. The laundry was dry by the next morning so we didn’t worry about it for a few days.
Then we went away for the weekend and came home with dirty laundry. I was surprised when my husband woke up Monday morning and decided to start the laundry. We had a brief conversation about shopping for new washers and driers then he went to the laundry room to begin a load of laundry. I went back to work and watched as he carefully laid out all our wet clothes on the back porch. He laid them out on all of our patio furniture first. Then he pulled out a trick I learned while sunning cloth diapers – the hammock!
Here’s what it looked like yesterday as our clothes laid in the sun.
To our surprise the laundry was completely dry in less than 2 hours – all 3 loads were dry and ready to put away. When using the dryer it takes me ALL day to get laundry done because I’m waiting on the clothes to dry. He told me later than night that he’d love to get an old fashioned clothes line and hang up our clothes regularly because he liked the way they felt.
Things we noticed after line drying our clothes:
- All of the clothes were crisp and stiff – no starch needed!
- All of the clothes had a nice clean scent.
- No wrinkles from leaving laundry in the dryer for too long.
- We didn’t procrastinate and put the laundry away before bedtime.
- We may actually keep doing this for a few weeks while we shop around for a new drier.
One complaint I hear with the cloth diapering community is that many home owners associations and neighborhoods don’t allow outdoor line drying. Here are some options that might work for you.
Do you ever line dry your regular clothes? What do you use?
Photo credits: The Clothesline Shop and IKEA
Disclosure: No disclosure is needed because these are just my ideas of some really cool clothes lines that I found on Google. I hope that you enjoy them and find something that works for you.