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Clothesline Drying

It’s International Clothesline Week! Using a clothesline is a tempting way to save money and energy; helping both the planet and your wallet. But with it comes some considerations that you don’t have when tossing laundry in the dryer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when getting out the clothespins:

Coronavirus Considerations: Heat from the dryer is helpful for fighting infectious diseases. If you or someone in your household is sick or part of a vulnerable population, you may want to hold off on using that clothesline. For items you do air dry, wash your hands thoroughly after handling and wait for clothes to dry fully before taking them down.

Clothesline Regulations: Check with your homeowners association or county to see if you can put up a clothesline first. There are places that do not allow them in backyards. If you can’t hang clothes outside, there are racks you can use or small lines designed to be hung in your bathroom.

Weather Forecast: Line drying is dependent on outdoor factors, which can make it a great option on a bright, summer day and less than ideal when it rains. Remember that indoor lines or racks can be an inclement weather alternative.

Clothing Care: Air drying can help to extend the life of some of your clothing while being less suitable for others. Dark clothes can fade in the sun and knits can get stretched out drying on a line. Keep the fabric care instructions on the tag in mind.

Clotheslines can be a great option, as long as you keep these considerations in mind and line dry with care. Anything else you think we should add to this list or reasons you love using your clothesline?

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