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08-10-2005, 01:32 PM #16
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Umbrella drying thingie ( post goes in the ground and has 4 sides with several lines on each side) cost us around 40.00.
08-10-2005, 08:14 PM #17
Boy, $40? That's not bad. Okay, I'll consider it for next summer (it rains from October thru June). I thought they were around $200 - for some reason. OTOH, a plain line and anchoring hardward probably costs even less. Hmmm... Like I said in a previous post, y'all might convert me! LOL!
08-13-2005, 01:14 AM #18
trees work really well...we bought the line at one of the hardware stores that is green plastic coated on the outside and has metal on the inside so it doesn't stretch. When you tie a knot it stays.
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08-13-2005, 01:20 AM #19
Valerie, before buying yourself a clothesline, try getting one from your local Freecycle group. No sense sepnding money on one if some one might have one they'd like to get rid of. www.freecycle.org i believe is the main website. if that isn't it, you can probably find it in yahoos group listings. it would probably be under the heading recycling. I am not positive. Just a thought.
08-15-2005, 01:11 AM #20Originally posted by Missy
Valerie, before buying yourself a clothesline, try getting one from your local Freecycle group. No sense sepnding money on one if some one might have one...
But thank YOU! for suggesting it!
08-15-2005, 01:16 AM #21
04-18-2006, 05:28 PM #22
Laundry drying ????
I started line drying since it's warm again. The power bill went down 13$!!!!!!!!!
However my family is gripping their clother are hard! Any sugg estions?
04-18-2006, 05:50 PM #23
how about adding some vinegar ( i haven't tried this, but was told about it) to your washing load. I add some fabric softener. i found a quick tumble in the dryer knocks some of the stiffness out of the towels and jeans.
04-18-2006, 06:05 PM #24
I tumble mine in the dryer for about 10 minutes, takes out all the stiffness
04-18-2006, 06:16 PM #25
I have been hanging mine too. I use liquid fabric softner. I do dry towels and undies in the dryer I cant get away with hard towels and undies lol!. I love the smell of line dryed things.
04-18-2006, 06:29 PM #26
Are you tumbling the clothes in the dryer a few minutes before you hang them or after?
I'll give vinegar a try tomorrow! I've never used liquid fabric softener due to the strong smell. I'd bet I could find unscented by now.
04-18-2006, 06:52 PM #27
I use liquid fabric softener, but things are still somewhat stiff.
The socks bother me when I handle them, but once they slide onto my feet, I cease to notice. Towels are stiff the first use, after that they are fine.
Two things that contribute to stiffness: hard water and detergent residue. If you have hard water, you're probably stuck. Either way you might reduce the amount of detergent you use and/or try an extra rinse.
Two things that reduce stiffness: drying a windy day and snapping/shaking items when putting them on and taking them off the line.
For some reason, I cannot bring myself to tumble my line-dried items in the dryer. Just bugs me.
04-18-2006, 07:29 PM #28
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We use fabric softener and line dry and it seems to work.
04-18-2006, 07:44 PM #29
It's all in the art of catching the laundry before it's over dry.
Yep, I've hung laundry for 30 + years. If you over dry the towels they are hard and scratchy. Personally, if I was drying baby clothes I watched them closely. The other clothes and towels well, I told them to watch them, themselves if they wanted softer clothes. Oh, I'm soooo mean....
04-18-2006, 08:12 PM #30
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I "snap" them. We also have a water softener, which helps tremendously.
But the biggest thing, I think, is we just get used to it. I don't hang socks, underwear or dh's work clothes out on the line. But jeans & towels to tend to get stiff. Like Valerie, I only notice the stiffness when I'm folding/handling them. Once they are one, or have been used once (towels) they are fine.
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