Drying clothes on the line in the winter
I hear from a lot of folks
who give up on drying
their clothes outside
in the winter. But once you buy a dryer, there's often no turning
back. First you toss your clothes in the dryer on frigid January
days, but soon even an overcast spell in June has you visiting the
indoor energy hog instead of just waiting for pretty weather.
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Since I stubbornly
refuse to set foot on that slippery slope, I'm stuck drying our clothes
outside all winter...and it's really no big deal. The waterline
froze the night before I chose to start our November laundry, so I
couldn't fill the wringer
washer until mid
afternoon, but our clean clothes still dripped most of the moisture out
that evening before freezing solid overnight. As soon as the sun
came out, they were sublimating moisture even from their frozen
surfaces, and then the sunny afternoon thawed the fabric enough that I
could flip each item over. That night, I put away all except the
heaviest towels, jeans, and fleece tops, and the next evening
everything was ready to come in.
Yes, it technically took
a bit over 48 hours to dry our clothes, but what's the hurry? Your annual estimated savings from hanging clothes on the line is
$100 for the equipment (depreciating value of the dryer) plus $150 in
electricity, and the extra work during extended winter drying amounts to no more time than you'd spend checking a rising loaf of bread.
Do you dry clothes
outside in the winter? Do you have any tips for folks who want to
try but are afraid of the cold?