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...AKA a clothesline?

any tips on not having your clothes scratchy and stiff? I imagine the electricity saved on NOT using the electric clothes dryer is quite substantial.
 

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I use an indoor clothes drying rack and don't have the scratchy/stiff problem.

I lived in an apartment for 20 years and never used the laundry room clothes dryers. I bought a condo last year and it came with a clothes dryer. The clothes dryer sits idle...
 

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...AKA a clothesline?

any tips on not having your clothes scratchy and stiff? I imagine the electricity saved on using the electric clothes dryer is quite substantial.
Are you sure it's the drying method that causes the stiffness? Maybe it's the laundry detergent that you use.
 

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Are you sure it's the drying method that causes the stiffness? Maybe it's the laundry detergent that you use.
Or your water. Our domestic water is very soft (low mineral content), and clothes hung on the line don't dry stiff at all. It might also help for the clothes to be wrung out as dry as possible before hanging. We have a front-loader washer, which spins faster and leaves the clothes dryer than the typical top-loader.
 
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a bit of 20 mule team Borax does wonders for making them softer. Seriously
 
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We simply went from the washer to the clothesline (instead of the dryer) and didn't change anything else. We have a water softener so we might have to adjust the detergent or use a bit of Borax (never tried that).

In the high desert heat here, it doesn't take long for the clothes to dry.
 

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We simply went from the washer to the clothesline (instead of the dryer) and didn't change anything else. We have a water softener so we might have to adjust the detergent or use a bit of Borax (never tried that).

In the high desert heat here, it doesn't take long for the clothes to dry.
I grew up in a climate similar to yours (Reno) and things do indeed dry fast, and sometimes get stiff. I have lived in the humid Northeast for a few decades, and things dry at a somewhat more sedate pace -- when it's not raining and you can dry them outside at all. Not that it rains all the time here, but in Reno we could expect about 3 rainy days all summer, and I imagine it's similar in SLC.
 

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I grew up in a climate similar to yours (Reno) and things do indeed dry fast, and sometimes get stiff. I have lived in the humid Northeast for a few decades, and things dry at a somewhat more sedate pace -- when it's not raining and you can dry them outside at all. Not that it rains all the time here, but in Reno we could expect about 3 rainy days all summer, and I imagine it's similar in SLC.
Yep, you're right! We've been getting a good share of rainfall this spring (thanks to El Nino) and God knows we need it but summer is almost here and it's going to be hot.
 

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Inspired by this post, I went out to find a clothesline and pully system. Nobody sells this kind of thing any more. I can't even find clothespins. WTF?
 

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Inspired by this post, I went out to find a clothesline and pully system. Nobody sells this kind of thing any more. I can't even find clothespins. WTF?
See, this is why you shouldn't go out.

The internet is your friend; you can get pulleys, line, and pins at big-box hardware stores, but online specialists have the goods that'll have your neighborhood looking old-school in no time: Pulley Clothesline Kit - Urban Cltoheslines

 

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My wife had a fit about me buying a Garmin rear light/radar, so has banned me purchasing stuff on the internet.

As soon as I complete the divorce paperwork, I'll order the clothesline. Thanks for the linkie.
 
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My wife had a fit about me buying a Garmin rear light/radar, so has banned me purchasing stuff on the internet.

As soon as I complete the divorce paperwork, I'll order the clothesline. Thanks for the linkie.
Can you use one of those online lawyer services?
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I'd love to use a clothesline... but I live in Seattle.
 

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I dry most of our wash on a "clothesline"--in fact, a piece of rope that I tied up between two posts on the back deck. Sheets and towels generally get dried in the dryer though unless it is a particularly good drying day.

In fact, I just went back to Home Depot this week to upgrade, since I could swear I saw a decent retractable clothesline system there when we moved here (8 years ago), but all I seem to be able to find is that small single line stainless system (everyone has it) that is too short.

I may have to make my own system.
 

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No problems with a clothesline here. If I am doing something right I do not know what it is however. I just wash and hang up the stuff. I do it because the clothing feels better and because it's a good environmental decision. I did not even know anyone else in the world had a clothesline. My clothesline is an umbrella style (3 sides) that I bought at Lowe's about 15 years ago.
 
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