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Does line-drying save money and reduce the wear and tear on your clothing? Yes, but that's not all.
A clothes dryer can be convenient, but when you want to save money on electricity, remember that the dryer is a major consumer. It also shrinks and puts wear and tear on your clothing over time. That fuzz in the dryer lint catcher is the machine beating the stuffing out of the fabrics.
Getting away from using the dryer also saves the family from exposure to chemicals in dryer sheets or fabric softeners.
Line-drying, or as I call it, solar drying, is better for your clothes as they get less wear and tear from tumbling around in a dryer.
— Deb L.
Line-drying towels and sheets is most beneficial because those things take the longest to machine dry.
— Amy G.
At certain times of year, there is so much pollen and other stuff in the air. It's good to knock all that stuff off. I bring them in from the line before they are totally dry and finish them in the dryer. It gets rid of dust or pollen and fluffs the clothing so it isn't stiff.
— Tania P.
Question: Is it an old wives tale that drying sheets outside on the line in comparison to on an inside clothesline makes them smell better!?
Answer: I don't know why it is, but from personal experience, I'd say this is true. Bringing clothes in from an outdoor line, I love to bury my face in the sheet and inhale that "outside smell." Now, if you live in an industrial area, I think the opposite would be true.
Question: Which is better, wooden or the plastic clothespins?
Answer: Both work fine, but I'm partial to the wooden clothespins. Just make sure they have a strong wire hinge so they will last. Keep them in a dry place when not in use or the wooden ones will get moldy.
Question: When line drying clothes, I don't like the indentations made by the clothespins. What can I do about this?
Answer: For shirts or dresses, I pin them by the shirttail or the hem of the skirt. That avoids any indentations in the shoulder area which is more noticeable. You can also hang them out on a padded hanger and avoid using clothespins.
© 2017 Virginia Allain
Cecil Kenmill from Osaka, Japan on September 04, 2018:
I live in Japan and nearly everyone "solar dries" their clothes. It's really easy and, depending on the time of year, it only takes a couple hours.
Curiosity2015 on July 27, 2017:
I love the sense of freshness that you bring to the house after line drying your bed linen and towels, especially if it's a windy, sunny, summer day or even better on a frosty winter day. Thank you for your lovely article.