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Line Drying Clothing Tips and Tricks

One way to save money is to line dry your clothing rather than using a dryer. This page contains line drying clothing tips and tricks.

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July 8, 2015 Flag
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When drying your laundry outdoors, instead of using pegs, hang as much washing on clothes hangers as possible. Separate the hangers using pegs to stop them gravitating together. Dry Clothing on Hangers

Using hangers in this way has 4 advantages:

  1. Your clothes stay in good shape.

  2. You can fit far more on the washing line.

  3. You can bring your washing in much more quickly if it starts to rain.

  4. Once dry, anything that doesn't need ironing is immediately ready to hang straight in the wardrobe.

Also those peggy hangers that are meant for your smalls can also be used for larger items such as small towels and pillow cases. This also frees up space and helps to bring your washing in quickly

Dry Clothing on Hangers

April 30, 2012 Flag
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I use lengths of painted, rustproof chain instead of cotton or nylon cord on my clothesline poles. Then I hang the clothing on hangers and put on the line. When they're dry, all I have to do is hang them in the closet! Towels can be hung the usual way, with clips.

By Beth from Danvile, OH


March 2, 2009 Flag
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I live in Tennessee where TVA, our electric supplier, has raised our electric bills 30% in one month. I have started really trying to be more frugal. I purchased a indoor clothes line and strung it up in my basement.

October 6, 2015 Flag
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I love hanging our clothes outside to dry, but don't like stiff jeans. My late mother-in-law taught me to turn them inside out when I hung them on the clothes line. They end up soft and wrinkle free. It also helps to slow down the fading of the jeans.

June 28, 2010 Flag

To save on utilities and clothes softener, I line dry many clothes in the house then put them in the dryer on air fluff. It's amazing how soft they become.


August 19, 2013 Flag
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One day, I forgot to bring the clothespin bag out with me when taking the clothes down from the line, so I just put the pin back on the line. The next load that went up, was soooo much easier to hang out - took less than half the time.

February 15, 2011 Flag
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Do you line dry your laundry only to discover when it's dried out that it needs ironing? Try putting 1/3 cup of vinegar in the washer. Vinegar will take the soap residue out of the laundry and your laundry will be lots softer.

February 23, 2009 Flag
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I load two round baskets instead of using one large basket with my laundry to make them lighter and carry them out the door and put them in a children's wagon.

May 13, 2010 Flag
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When you hang out socks on the clothesline, which is the best way to do it so the tops don't stretch out?

By Darlene

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful
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My mom always hung them by the toes. During hot weather she hung them in pairs.

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June 24, 2010 Flag
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Hanging clothes on the line not only helps to keep down the electric costs, but makes clothes smell so wonderful!. I have not dried my towels, which take so much time to dry, in a dryer for the past 3 years.

April 9, 2009 Flag
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Enjoy many benefits from using your clothes dryer less. You'll save energy and money by running it less. In colder, dryer climates and seasons you'll put moisture back into the air by hanging your clothes to dry; therefore, running a humidifier less if you use one.

October 6, 2010 Flag
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Hanging laundry on a clothesline is one of the best green activities you can do. I used to struggle with my fitted sheets, though, trying to hang them straight when they have elastic all the way around.

March 21, 2006 Flag
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Why are my clothes wrinkled after washing? I use homemade laundry soap, use vinegar during rinse, shake my clothes before placing them on clothes line; but still wrinkled.

G from from AZ

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November 12, 20110 found this helpful

Spray clothes with water and pull on the clothing to straighten out the wrinkles.

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June 30, 2010 Flag
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I have found that leaving your clothes on the line over night causes them to smell funny. I think it's because of the dew. It might depend on what part of the country you live in whether or not they don't smell from the dew.

September 1, 2013 Flag
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When line drying, it's often convenient to use clothes hangers. If the weather is windy, the hangers can easily get knocked off by wind.

Using Hangers in Windy Weather

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May 15, 2007 Flag

As I remove clothes from the washing machine to hang outside, I put socks together so that I can hang pairs side-by-side. I pin the socks on the clothes line at the toe--not at the opening.

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