As a young girl, living out in the country, we had the privilege to be able to hang our clothes out to dry. I say this as I look back but I'm not sure we viewed it as a privilege. I recall on occasion when taking the clothes off the clothes line that some pants were stiff as a board as we would try to take advantage of the minimal sun as it tried to peak through the clouds in hopes of touching our clothes. Obviously it didn’t always quite do it’s job in the late autumn days. Inside during the much colder weather, our clothes racks would often be full of clothes drying. There were seven of us. Eventually we jumped on the bandwagon and purchased a clothes dryer.
Now that I am married with children, I have found myself eager to have my clothes dry outside. Is it because line drying is so ingrained in how I did things growing up? Or maybe I know that it will cut down on the electrical bill. I have to admit that I have fond memories of placing clothes on our clothes line one piece at a time and moving the line forward as needed to add more clothes. Even if it took only ten to fifteen minutes for this chore, I do recall a time of quietness and just being in touch with the outside world, with nature. When I visited my sister in Canada about four years ago, I was ecstatic to be able to hang the clothes on her clothes line. Soon after coming back home, I made it a priority to start hanging my clothes outside. Living in the suburbs we are limited in our options for outside drying. Regardless I feel blessed to be able to hang clothes even if it is just on a clothes rack.
Here are a few benefits of drying clothes outside.
- Sun can bleach whites and at the same time will be able to kill bacteria
- Outside fresh smell added to clothes
- Preserves clothes, dryer will wear out clothes much faster
- Less static build up
- Limiting shrinkage of clothes
- Conserves energy, clothes dryers are among the highest energy users. According to Earth911.com they note that GE’s Data Visualization, shows that an electric clothes dryer uses on average of 3,400 watts, the 3rd most energy consuming appliance after a furnace and air conditioner respectively.
One Homestead family could not find a good clothes rack and therefore decided to build their own. I first learned about Homestead Dry Racks from Homestead Revival this past spring. Here is their Pioneer Clothes Drying Rack. They are made to last a life time. It is priced at $149.00 which is mid range. (Photo Credit to Homestead Dry Racks)
How about a fold down frame clothes line. This one sells for $138.85 on Amazon. (Photo credit to Google.com)
For those of us who may not have an option of having a permanent clothes line, using a retractable clothes may work. This retractable option can be set up in various ways, ie, wall to post, post to post, wall to wall. Price starts at $209 at QualityClothesline.net (Photo credit to QualityClothesline.net
This past week, I took some time to sew a clothespin bag using some left over fabric which I had. There are some much easier tutorials to be found. If you feel encouraged, there are many free patterns online. If you are looking for an even more creative way to bring your clothes pins outside, visit Home Shalom’s post Laundry on the Fringe!
I challenge all of you who are still drying clothes using a clothes dryer to venture outside. And if you are one whose already made the change, please do share the blessings of drying clothes in His presence!
All of us at Pebble Crossing
Who has gone up to the heavens and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who established all the ends of the earth?
What is His Name, And what is His Son’s Name,