by Texas Homesteader ~
Do you struggle drying your clean sheets outside due to the wind? You know the drill, you fight to get the sheets onto the line. Then the wind catches them & makes them want to set sail into the next county!
But I’ve discovered a secret to keeping the sheets on the line on windy days!
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Our Simple Laundry Routine
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And an important part of our simple cleaning routine is our laundry choices. Such things as:
Not only that, but all of our clean laundry is air-dried. We feel it’s better for our clothes, better for our budget and better for the environment too!
Is Air-Drying Laundry Good For Your Clothes?
There are many benefits of air-drying your clean laundry:
- Solar Energy Dries Your Clothes For FREE! A dryer is one of the most power-hungry appliances in your home. No need to use or pay for utilities to dry your clothes.
- The fresh smell of sunshine on clean, line-dried sheets. The ‘add good-smelling stuff ‘ corporate guys have tried (unsuccessfully) to replicate that delightful aroma and sell it in a bottle. But why buy a sub-standard artificial substitute for that crisp, clean sunshine smell when Mother Nature offers it for free?
- Makes clothes last longer. Think about it, that big ball of lint you’ve just pulled out of the lint trap of your dryer? Most of that is actually pieces of your CLOTHES!
So our clean laundry is dried outside during all seasons – spring, summer, fall or winter. But what about those windy spring days?
Drying Our Clothes For Free
We own a gas clothes dryer but we don’t use it. If I weren’t afraid we’d need it in an emergency situation I’d sell it – I could use the space in my utility room.
Our laundry is most often dried outside on a 2-line *retractable clothesline. I love it because when the laundry is brought inside, the clothesline is too.
It makes for a more beautiful unobstructed view of our beautiful Homestead.
How To Air Dry Laundry Indoors
If the weather is inclement I bring out my folding clothes *drying racks and dry our clothes inside.
By using the guest bedroom when drying clean laundry inside, I can close the bedroom door in the event of unexpected company.
When the clothes are dry I simply put the clean clothes away, fold up the drying racks and place them neatly back into the closet. There they’ll await their next chance to do their eco-friendly duty.
Drying Clean Clothes In Breezy Weather
I’m almost ashamed to admit how I struggled with how to line-dry on windy days for years without figuring out an easy solution.
Oh sure, I’d try to pick only a lightly breezy day to hang my laundry outside. But sometimes you can wait no longer. You’ve just got to get the chores done, ya know??!!
Especially during the spring months when almost every day is windy.
How To Line Dry Sheets On Windy Days
I noticed wet jeans don’t seem to be having much trouble with the wind. The heavy denim simply sways gently in the wind.
Then that little cartooney-shaped light bulb appeared above my head. You know the one. Yep, I had an idea!
I pulled a couple of pair of wet jeans from further down the line and pinned them right there on top of my wet sheets. Then I stood back to watch.
Sheets Stay On The Laundry Line Even With Wind
As expected, the uncovered edges of the sheets still flapped wildly in the stiff breezes but the jeans kept the sheets firmly on the line. SUCCESS!
If the wind gets even higher or starts to be swirly I can pin another pair of jeans on the other side of the sheets so they don’t wind around & around the line.
And both the wet sheets as well as the clean jeans are getting line-dried at the same time.
Yeah, that’s right folks: Two Birds. One Stone.
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- Make A Natural Air Freshener For Pennies
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I felt a bit silly searching for this but I knew someone clever and generous would have a simple solution for me!
LOL – I hear ya. But necessity is the mother of invention. I tired of worrying clean sheets would blow off the line and be drug through the dirt. This works beautifully for me and I use this tip often. ~TxH~
I haven’t used a dryer in years. Solar dryer is the best and you can’t get the smell of sunshine and fresh air in a commercial dryer. I Love your idea of the pants…. never thought about that before. You always have the answers…
Oh yeah Alicia. You really can’t beat the smell of sunshine on clean sheets! ~TxH~
I live in the city, but every once in a while the wind is really blowing. It takes the wrinkles out when the wind is high, but when I really need some wrinkles out and the clothes are on the line, the wind just won’t blow.
Murphy’s law, eh Charlene?? ~TxH~
Great solution and great thinking. You so smart to think of such a simple solution. You need to write a small booklet with all your simple tips and solutions.
Nothing beat the smell of clean sheets blowing in the fresh air.
You’re right about that Colleen, nothing like the smell of sunshine on clean sheets. I love it! I’m so happy I *finally* figured out how to line-dry those sheets on windy days. I’ve struggled for years just mumbling under my breath as I picked the wet linens off the ground. Why oh why didn’t I think of this years ago?? ~TxH~
“Why oh why didn’t I think of this years ago??” Me thinks we get smarter and wiser with old age. :} :}
Sometimes the simplest solutions really ARE the best, Michelle! ~TxH~
Very clever. Thanks for the tip.
Why didn’t I think of this simple solution years ago, Ruth?? So many frustrating moments could have been eliminated! LOL ~TxH~
I never thought of this either. What a great idea.
Sharing simple solutions with each other is one of the blessings of our little group, eh Cynthia? <3 ~TxH~