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.

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

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September 26, 20150 found this helpful

It all depends on what type of hangers you use. I try to use those wide rounded suit hangers for jumper/sweaters to keep them in shape

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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

I love doing this. Cuts my time in half.

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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

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March 28, 20130 found this helpful

I have seen painted or coated chain at the hardware store. You can usually buy it by the foot. I'd like to have a good way to line dry my clothes in nicer weather.

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October 3, 20150 found this helpful

Hardware stores also carry plastic "chain" which not only doesn't rust but is much lighter to hang.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 16, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about installing a breezecatcher rotary clothesline. Making a sturdy foundation for your clothes line will give you years of energy saving when taking advantage of the sun and breeze to dry laundry.

Breezecatcher Rotary Clothesline

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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.

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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.

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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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February 21, 20160 found this helpful

You should always hang clothes by their biggest part to dry it quicker. They are not dried just by the wind or the sun but also because the water goes down and drops to the ground. If you hang jean by the legs maybe you will save time on ironing because it will straighten the legs but it will take more time to dry as the water will concentrate at the bottom. Gravity laws are everywhere even when drying clothes.

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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.

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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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September 27, 2010 Flag
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If you line dry your clothes, you can still use dryer sheets to freshen your clothes or towels. Remove them from the line and place them and a dryer sheet in a large bag or basket with a lid.

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March 11, 2010 Flag
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I got myself a portable clothes line. I stand it out on my front veranda to dry clothes. It's great, saves power and is protected from weather. It can be set up in a garage or carport.

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November 1, 2012 Flag
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I occasionally hang my clothes to dry inside during winter months to counteract the lack of humidity from using electric heat.

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November 15, 2010 Flag
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If you use a cotton clothes line, try boiling the next replacement rope in salt water for a half hour before you put it up. This will take out all the tangles and prevent wet articles of wash from freezing to the line in cold weather.

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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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February 28, 20100 found this helpful

If there is no breeze ouside, your clothes will probably be more wrinkled. If you notice, a nice breezy day causes less wrinkles.

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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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February 5, 2010 Flag
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A lot of us still hang our clothes out to dry during the nice days on clothes lines that require you to use clothes pins. A lot of us leave the clothes pin bag hanging on the lines to use the next time and end up with dirty nasty looking bag...

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