Want to line-dry your clothes but keep running into problems and concerns? This post can help you find solutions to those problems so you can start line-drying your clothes with confidence.
Line drying your clothes has so many benefits, from saving money to whitening your whites. Not to mention how lovely it leaves your clothes smelling. You can’t buy that smell in a bottle and if you could I’m sure it would be terrible for you and likely cause cancer or something.
When I talk about using a clothesline I see many people talk about the reasons they don’t. Many of those people still want to use one they just believe they can’t. The truth is many of the problems can be solved, easily for most of them.
I’ve been keeping a list of the problems people often have with line drying and want to share some solutions with you. Hopefully, they will help you get on board with using a clothesline.
How to Fix Line Drying Problems
Problem #1: Allergies and Line Drying
Before putting your clothes on the line check the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology’s website at aaaai.org to check pollen counts for your region. If the pollen count is high ahead and skip that day. You may also consider skipping on days you have increased symptoms. On high pollen days, you can use an inside drying rack if you still want to be able to line dry.
Another tip is to line dry your clothes almost all of the way and throw them in the dryer on high for a few minutes. I haven’t found research on if this helps but many claim it does and it can’t hurt. You are still using your dryer less and it will fluff your clothes.
Problem #2: It’s Winter
You can still line dry outside in the winter. It may take longer, especially on cloudy days, but it is possible. You can also use an indoor drying rack instead. Check out Line Drying Clothes in Winter for more information.
Problem #3: Bird Poop and Bugs
Try to avoid having your clothesline under trees or power lines to prevent bird poop. I’ve yet to have this problem but nothing is over my line. For bugs just shake the clothes as you take them off of the line. If this is a big problem try some natural pest control methods around your line.
Problem #4: Not Allowed Where I Live
Many homeowners associations ban clotheslines. I think this is ridiculous but it happens. If this is the case for you, you can try to fight it or set up a drying rack on a back porch or even inside.
Problem #5: Stiff Towels
Try to get the towels off of the line when they are just slightly damp and throw them in the dryer for just a minute. This will keep them nice and fluffy.