|My sister and I|
The fresh aroma of clothes hung out on the line beats the perfumed anti-static sheets tossed in the dryer any day. Did you know many of anti-staic sheets contain chemicals? That can't be healthy for our skin. I've also been told that hanging your clothes will increase their life span as the dryer wears them down quicker.
When I moved into my house years ago I installed a clothesline in my backyard quite easily. I purchased the clothesline kit for less then $15 at Rona. Following the instructions it might have taken 15 minutes start to finish. As you can see below I attached one end to my deck and the other to my maple tree. I hung it quite high so it didn't interfere with the BBQ or raised garden.
I pre-drilled a small hole to screw this hook into a post on the deck:
I did the same for the other end on the maple tree. I had to use a ladder to achieve the proper height.
With concerns of global warming increasing and the need to be more green clotheslines are making a comeback!
There are some parts of Halifax and many other places that have by-laws around clotheslines. I think this is completely ridiculous - what has this world come to if you have taken the effort to prevent someone from letting the sun dry their clothes? If you live in one of these areas I encourage you to challenge this law by contacting your local MP, getting neighbors involved, reaching out to locals, etc. Ontario has already announced the end to current restrictions on permitting use of outdoor clotheslines.
Lucky for me my neighbors all have them, some hang their clothes out year round! If you live in an apartment or condo and are lacking the backyard space, you can rig up a line on your deck to dry your clothes.
Clothes racks are another great option. I have one in my basement and use it year round. Hanging clothes out either on the line or on the clothes rack in front of the wood stove brings me back to my childhood. We rarely used the dryer. However if your like me and share your house with furry friends the laundry might benefit from a few mintues in the dryer after the clothesline has done its job. This way you remove the unwanted hair and have still lowered your carbon emissions!
Hanging it all out on the line gives you an excuse to be more active and take in some fresh air too.