Monday, July 25, 2011

Eco-friendly and practical

When I was a little girl, my grandmother in Pennsylvania used to hang our laundry out on a clothesline and hold up the line with long poles (clothes props). I used to love to watch the wind billow the laundry and the poles would sway back and forth.

That was long ago and in our yard. Now pretty much everywhere, although not that much here, people have clothes dryers. I have one, but only use it when I really have to. My son has one, too, and he shares my opinion of saving electricity. We both use these 'dryers'. I love to hang laundry on this apparatus.

Do you have something like this? How do you dry your laundry?

14 comments:

Olivier said...

personnellement je vais dans une blanchisserie, je n'ai qu'un studio, pas assez de place pour faire secher mes vetements and co

Gaelyn said...

I thought you meant the Hyundai as eco-friendly.

My uniforms are all poly blend and have to go into the dryer. Plus there's not a good place to set up one of those contraptions in the RV and clothes lines are frowned upon in the park.

Laundry is very low on my list so when I do it every two weeks it must be done quickly. I'd happily pay someone to do my laundry.

Thérèse said...

Yes we do have this kind of apparatus but we use the dryer to fluff the whole thing especially towels...

J e l e n a said...

We have a clothesline on our window that looks into the green yard of our building so we dry our things there. We are so much in a hurry to get to the dryers that we are forgetting that we were very eco friendly country before the 90s. Carried our stuff in cloth bags, returned glass bottles for Coke, beer, cooking oil, collected news papers...

maxivida said...

Good point, Jelena. I think there's still hope for us. We need to stop giving people free plastic bags in supermarkets and start recycling glass and PET-bottles for starters. We're still eco-friendly as we're one of the few European countries that don't use nuclear energy.

I don't have a drier, I have one of those things pictured above and it works like a dream.

Jimmy said...

Hello. We use the same drying method as you, and on the other balcony, there are 3 clothlines hanging high, so you can dry a whole washing machine worth there. It's pretty handy!

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Simply Fone

Dzoli said...

I woulkd say:As long as the washing gets dry:)

Daryl said...

We are lucky enough not to have to schlep to the laundermat, we get free use of our landlord's (and BFFs) basement washer/dryer .. BUT I wash all small items, underwear, socks, etc. (the etc especially ;-))by hand and hang them up on plastic clothespins with hooks at the top in the bathroom .. I use the shower curtain rod the way your Gran used those poles/lines!

Fábio Martins said...

Give way :)
Regards

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I have used these in the past and think that it is very efficient and a great cost savings. I can remember hanging sheets on a line outside when I was about 8 yrs old.

I mostly use a drier now but like Daryl, hang the "unmentionables" and etcs.

Bises,
Genie

Jacob said...

Hanging clothes on a clothesline outside was pretty common when I was a kid. Not so anymore. And in many places, such as Stone Creek, you are not allowed to hang clothes on your lanai (patio)! :-)

Alexa said...

You're right—nothing quite like line-dried laundry, especially in the fresh air. When I lived in a huge loft, we had a clothesline strung across the place; now I'm pretty much stuck with the dryer option. Hey, maybe I need one of these. :~}

Leif Hagen said...

My wife bought a big drying rack like that for our laundry room so we could use the drying machine less! Then my mother-in-law bought a drying rack just like ours from IKEA! I'll never forget my mother's huge clothes line area in our old yard at my childhood house!
Go GREEN!

Mary Q Contrarie said...

I am so glad that you asked this question. Here is the portable clothes drying rack that I recently found. It is American made and based on a design that is really similar to one that my grandmother use to use.