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    Vinegar helps a lot. And it doesn't leave a smell in them either.

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    Thanks for aLL the tips everyone!!! I o have hardwater so I suppose thats part of it.

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    My husband hates line dried clothes, so I use fabric softener and after there line dried I throw them in the dryer for about 5 min....He doesn't even now that I do this.

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    My husband still thinks hanging clothes out to dry is tacky...but it's a pill he swallows after seeing electric bills over $400/month and then seeing the difference it makes line drying

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    before my umbrella, lines broke I hung sheets, blankets, shirts, socks and underwear, jeans, the only thing i really dried in the dryer, is my towels, my youngest son has exzema and rough towels seems to bother his condtion so i dry those, with the jeans I line dry then stick in dryer for a fluff, I have tried this with towels but it does not seem to work, so I guess if i line dry almost all my clothes then I am still saving money, I use fabic softner always have it was better before our water softner broke, it seems that things are breaking right now. Hoping in this next week or two to have lines back up.

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    Usually I line dry 2 out of 3 loads of laundry. I simply pile up the stuff that would be uncomfortable stiff in the dryer...usually towels. And the stuff I don't have room to hang in my basement...usually tablecloths and sheets. The rest is line dried in the basement off a drying rack and hangers on the cold water pipe.

    I also do the snapping of jeans to soften them. Most stuff softens as soon as you put it on I find. At least, I'm not uncomfortable wearing them.

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    Maybe we are weird,but, dh and I both love the stiffness of the towels, and I think they are more absorbant when line dried....

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    Jayne, I was just going to post the same statement. I LIKE line dried towels.
    I don't even own a dryer so I hang everything all year long. I was hanging laundry in the snow! LOL! It's kinda funny hanging up crispy laundry

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    Default Air/ line drying clothes

    Trying to cut back on electrical use, think the dryer sucks a lot up, so thought about using clothes lines. IDK much about them, other than when I was young the clothes were really stiff. Any advice about line drying? I can't wear "rough" clothes!!!

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    We actually like the rough clothes around here... lol

    You may want to try liquid fabric softener in the wash, or vinegar in the rinse. Also, you could try line drying them most of the way and then taking them off the line while they are still slightly damp and then drying them the rest of the way with a 1/2 or less sheet of fabric softener......

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    I use a little bit of fabric softener in my rinse cycle. Then after the clothes are dry, give them a good shake.

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    IDK if it makes a difference but I have hard water here, lots of deposits, makes cleaning so much more fun!

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    I use fabric softener in the wash, so only my towels come out a little stiff. Sometimes if I feel like it I will toss them in the dryer, but only for a few minutes

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    I also have haard water and line dry to save on electricity but also to heat up the house less.
    I add a half cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Clothes don't smell but it helps with reducing deposits.
    I also give the clothes a few minutes spin in the dryer before folding and putting away. (5 minutes or so and just for "thick" like jeans, towels and such.) Also, if you line dry when it is windy, clothes don't come out as rough.
    I must admit though, I am getting more and more used to rough clothes!

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    The only trouble I have with line drying everything is the towels. They come out stiff no matter what I do! UGH. When my dryer gets fixed, I will go back to using it for the towels.

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