Poll: Do you hang dry your clothing?

Today's poll asks: Do you hang dry your clothing? Post your answer below.

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

I chose, "I could but I don't" however it isn't actually true. Because I have muscular dystrophy, I am physically unable to hang up wet clothing to dry on a clothesline. I guess I need a choice like, "Physically unable to hang wet laundry."

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

I had a clothesline installed in my backyard, complete with pulley (which I don't use, just walk along and hang my laundry up). I hang it outside during the good weather but even in the winter, I hang my laundry in the basement. Very, very rarely do I ever use my dryer. Long Island has one of the highest electric rates in the country (including the surcharge) so by not using my dryer, I keep my bills even lower. And I love the scent of freshly dried clothing and towels, especially in the summer months. By hanging clothing and towels and sheets, it makes them last longer since the heat of the dryer can eventually break down fibers (that is what I was told).

LI Roe

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

I won't I have allergies and it makes me sick so

it is not worth it. I do laundry late night and dishes

also but do not dry dishes I stop it before.

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

yes i hang my clothes to dry.i do not own a clothes dryer,so hanging is most convient 4 me.i dont want to drive $$$ to a laundry matt & pay $$$ to do what free air will do .you do have to plan ahead...no last minute deciding to wear something that needs to washed & dried.i dont have a clothesline,so i use a garment rack & an extra tension rod hanging over my tub.

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June 2, 20060 found this helpful

Hang wet clothes on inside shower racks or door hooks. Use anything you can to save on using the dryer.

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

Yes as much as I can I have a big clothesline in the backyard & bought an old expandable wood drying rack & strung a line in the garage for rainy days. In the winter I move the expandable rack inside & put by wood stove & dry that way. I have a dryer but hardly ever use it anymore. Clothes smell great hung outside & does wonders for white clothes.

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

I don't hang the clothes out as soon as the wash is done. I run them in the dryer about 10 minute, long enough to get the wrinkles out (I HATE to iron) and then hang them out to finish drying. I love the the clothes with the fresh clean fragrance. And her in Las Vegas the clothes are dry in no time, especially in the summer.

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

i hang mine outside as much as possible. except socks and undies.and in the winter time all shirts are hung on hangers and placed on the shower rod in the bathroom to dry. it not only puts moisture back in to the house but i like the smell of the fabric softener too. i grew up in a large family so using the dryer wasn't an potion given to us a lot and when i became a single parent i had a washer but no dryer, only had a clothes line now that the kids are gone, i'm just used to doing it this way and don't mind at all. besides i like the thought of saving money as much as i can

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

I hang dry items that I don't want to shrink in the dryer. I agree with a post that says that the heat of the dryer can break down fibers of items. I find a lot of lint from drying towels, that lint comes from somewhere!?! I tried to hang my towels on the line but they came off the line like a stiff piece of cardboard: and they were very uncomfortable to use. I would like to know how people who hang their towels and sheets on the line keep them from being so stiff?

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

I have a long clothes rack in my garage where the machines are hooked up. I throw sheets and towels in the dryer. All clothing is hung (though some materials require a few minutes in the dryer to shake out wrinkles before hanging.) I have too many allergies to dry outside, but I try to save on the electric bill by using the dryer as little as possible.

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June 4, 20060 found this helpful

When we built on to our house 12 years ago, we had to take our clothesline out and hubby hasn't replace it yet!! I miss the fresh smell of sheets on my bed. Now I just use the dryer and have a small rack that you use to hang coffee mugs hanging on the wall beside my washer and use it to dry undies, bathing suits, and other things that should not go in the dryer. Maybe this year...........Ha--probably NOT.

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June 4, 20060 found this helpful

To prevent the stiff towels I throw them in the dryer for 5-10 mintues on fluff (no heat) .. they come out perfectly and still smell great.

I hang everything I can outside in the spring, summer and fall. I think its a great way to get outside while doing my least favorite chore. In the winter we let the dryer vent in to the laundry room to provide some warm moist air ..

Rebekah

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

yes i do as i have no room for a dryer and prefer to us a line or indoor airer. my dryer when i had one kept breaking down

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June 26, 20060 found this helpful

I could but i dont, it hurts my back but to avoid stiff towels and sheets hang on line to almost dry then if you have a dryer put them in for a few mi and no longer stiff i have to admit they smell better especially sheets and towels i use liquid fab softner and dryer sheets my boys like when mom does there laundry as I make clothes soft and smelling good thanks

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November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Yes! It saves money and wear and tear on the dryer, which you can still use when necessary. Especially sheets, blankets, jeans, tee shirts, socks, etc., line drying is great. Wash in the morning, hang out all day. I put shirts and pants on hangers. As a muscular man who enjoys wearing shirt sleeves rolled up a little, folding them up before putting on the line drys them that way, and they stay put when wearing.

I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO KEEP BATH TOWELS FROM DRYING SO STIFF. I do not mind it, but my wife thinks they feel too rough. Any tips? Email me at davemenefee@aol.com.

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February 6, 20080 found this helpful

Always hang my clothes out to dry, why pay for something that is free.

I have a pulley line 4 floors up and hang out until it gets bitterly cold...

Nothing is better than a clothesline.

I would have one even if i was a trillionaire.....

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Yes. I hang my permanent press on hangers and then on a drying rack that is available from QVC. I also use vinegar in every wash and it softens the clothes. I try to be as thrifty as can be and would rather be cool than spend money on the clothes dryer. I only use the dryer for sheets and towels as I do not have a clothes line which I miss from my previous living places.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

All of my clothes that I wear, I put in the dryer, on low heat for about 15min, then hang on hangers to dry. I have for years. It keeps the clothes very soft & they last longer. The heat from the dryer takes out almost all wrinkles.

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July 10, 20090 found this helpful

I have a piece of trout line hung in what was supposed to be the living room and hang mine up in there. If I need them to be fluffed, I air dry them in the dryer for 10 minutes. Recently I had an arm injury that kept me from raising my left arm above my elbow, so had to improvise - where the left arm couldn't raise up to hold the clothes on the line. Instead I brought coat hangers down to that level, pinned the articles to the clothes hangers and rehung on the line with the right hand.

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

I find that many things shrink in the dryer. So I fluff them first and then hang on the line. I have always done it this way. Sorry about the empty post previously

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

I hang all my clothes, sheets and towels as much as possible, weather permitting. I just love the smell of fresh laundry off the clothesline. I just fluff them after for 10 mins. to make soft and take out any wrinkles.

In winter, I hang my clothes in the laundry room on a rod my husband put up for me. I find my clothes don't shrink and last much longer this way.

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

I to like the smell of the clothes dried this way. I like the money saved on the utility bill as well as the clothes replacement. I can't understand why the world quit doing this. During times past it actually made clothes look newer even when you had to iron (what is that today?) your Sunday best. Tightwade

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

I have an umbrella clothes line that I use in warm weather to hang out clothes. I prefer the T line that I had in a previous house, but this will do. Using the dryer just costs too much money!

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

I've always liked hanging clothes out to dry. In recent years we've moved our laundry upstairs so I don't have to run up and down anymore. While I would have hung laundry to dry in the basement in winter, I now hang some things on hangers on a rod over the washer and dryer. Others I partially dry and then hang them on hangers there.

I have an extra tension rod over the bathtub that is a great place to dry my lingerie. I use one of those hangers that was designed for several pair of slacks. I never like to put these in the dryer because of the wear and tear. Things have changed gradually for me since we now do laundry for two instead of six! :)

One useful tip for drying clothes on basement lines is to use a fan in that area. Even though you have heat in your basement the fan circulates the air and seems to make the clothes a little fresher.

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, we hang out our laundry. (Do have a dryer in garage only for "emergencies") We have a line attached under the eves across the back sides of the house. Some items are hung on hangers on a second shower curtain rod at the back of bathtub. We also use that one for sorting clothes to take on a trip. A great way to really take a look at what your are taking and edit and edit! That also allows you to pull the front curtain across and hide what you are working on if guests come.

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December 26, 20110 found this helpful

I hang all of my tops & blouses on coated flocked hangers and are usually sold in off white or black colors. I wear plus-size clothing, so those hangers hit the shoulder seams perfectly and there are no funny lumps after the clothes are dry, plus they won't shrink length-wise so much! I've stopped putting my undies in the dryer so they last longer, including my bras. I put the hangers outdoors on a clothesline in warm weather.

I live in a one-story house in CA, so we don't have basements here, so, I put the hangers on all of my door frames in the house and some in the laundry room where I have a small rack area to put the hangers. I also only use the dryer to fluff the wrinkles out on the Air Setting for a few minutes.

I do still iron some clothes, however! I love ironed pillow cases, for some crazy reason! Probably because when I was 12, my mom taught me to iron by paying me 25 cents per pillowcase! Back then, we even ironed the top half of our sheets so they looked nice! I remember watching my grandmother iron her cotton bras! Things sure have changed from those days! LOL!

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December 26, 20110 found this helpful

I mostly use my dryer for towels and I never use fabric softener on towels, because it builds up over time, which makes the towels lose their absorbency, so when you dry off after a shower or bath, the water stays on your body! A lot of people don't seem to know this & when I go to visit, their towels may be very soft, which is nice, but they don't do their job of drying the water off of me.

I like the scent of my detergent and don't need the much stronger smell of fabric softener. It's not really good for us to have all of these laundry and home fragrances in our lives. They are unhealthy and they are terrible for allergies, both from the scent and on our skin. I get itchy! Just a hint...it sure is one I liked learning.

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