We hang our laundry outside on the line whenever we can. I used to hang laundry in the winter, too, but I’m not that hard-core these days, lol.
The laundry smells so nice when it comes in from the line – like fresh air, I guess. But the best part is that it means that I’m not using my dryer! Not only does the dryer use energy (thus costing us money), but it puts off so much heat! We don’t have air conditioning in our house, and the office where I work is in the same room as the dryer. Man, oh man, that thing heats up the basement!! So, less money, less misery… the laundry line is a clear winner around here!
Also, did you know that laundry that is air-dried lasts longer than machine-dried laundry? The heat from the dryer is hard on clothes, and particularly on elastic and other components. And – sun is a great bleach alternative. See that little white ruffly dress in the picture above? That’s been hanging out since the LAST time I did laundry. It got all stained up (because, well, it’s white and size 18 month), so we just left it out to bleach in the sun. 5 days later, it’s perfectly white again. (Most stains will come out in a day or two.)
The most common issue people have with hanging clothes on the line is with stiffness. We don’t use fabric softener, but we do take steps to make our laundry softer. For one, we don’t use nearly as much laundry detergent as most detergent makers want you to use. (the more you use, the more often you buy more, right?) In addition, if I know I’ll be hanging clothes on the line, I throw a bit of vinegar in the washtub during the rinse cycle. Vinegar works well as a fabric softener, and if you just use a small amount, it doesn’t smell, either.
And of course, the kids can play outside while I hang the laundry and bring it back in, which is more fun for them than hanging out in the house while I shuffle laundry from the washer to the dryer.