When your clothes dryer stops working and you become tired of plugging quarters into a laundromat dryer, you may find hanging your clothes on a clothesline offers many benefits. Clothes hung on a clothesline have a fresh outdoors smell. Bending and stretching as you hang your clothes is great exercise. Best of all, you save money by drying your clothes on a clothesline instead of in a dryer.
To hang your clothes, you will need clothesline stretched between two stationary objects like trees or poles and at least one laundry basket for bringing out your washed clothes and bringing in the dry items. You will hang the clothes on the clothesline with either single piece push-on clothespins or spring type clip-on pins.
When your clothes are finished washing, make sure heavier items like denim jeans have gone through the spin cycle sufficiently. If your heavier clothing is more than damp, let them go through the spin cycle again. Drying will take longer, even on a warm breezy day, if most of the water is not removed prior to hanging the clothes on the clothesline.
Position your basket of clothes to be hung somewhere in the middle of the line on the ground or on a folding table. Place the bag of clothespins on the clothesline near to where you are hanging the clothes. Hang longer pieces of clothing at the ends of the line to prevent pants legs, dress hems, or bath towels from dragging on the ground should the clothesline sag in the middle from the weight. Hang smaller washed items like washcloths, underwear, socks, skirts, and shirts toward the center of the clothesline.
If any item of clothing is wrinkled from washing, shake it out prior to hanging it on the clothesline. Hang a blouse or man’s shirt upside down, placing a clothespin at the bottom of each of the side seams. Fold about half an inch of the clothing hem over the clothesline and pin it in place. Some people place their shirts and blouses on clothes hangers, button the top button, and secure the hanger with a clothespin to the clothesline. Dresses can also be hung on the clothesline in this manner
Socks may be hung in matched pairs by the toes and, when dry, rolled together.
Some people hang shorts, pants, and underwear on a clothesline by the sideseams of the waistband. Pants zippers may be zipped up prior to hanging. Other people hang pants upside down, matching the sideseams of the pants legs and pinning the hems of the pants legs to the clothesline.
Sheets and blankets may be folded lengthwise, matching corner to corner and hung by pinning the matched corners to the clothesline and placing a pin in the middle to prevent a strong breeze from blowing the sheet or blanket off the clothesline. Another way of drying these large items is to stretch the blanket or sheet over two parallel lines so there is air circulation under the item. In either method, as soon as the top is dry, the sheet or blanket may be turned over.
Sweaters should not be dried by hanging them on a clothesline. Pinning the shoulders will leave small stretched points where the clothespins were and pinning the hemline will stretch the bottom of the sweater. Sweaters are best laid on a flat surface and dried that way.